To Get a Job
to Employment & Certification
City, State 00000
June 1, 1995
Dr./Ms./Mr. _____________ - (make
sure you have the appropriate title!)
School Directory for Names and
ABC School District
City, AZ 00000
I am writing this letter to
express my interest in a teaching position
for ABC School District.
I recently received my Bachelors
of Arts (B.A.) degree from Arizona
State University in the area of elementary
education. My background includes three
semesters of internships at various
grade levels and one semester of full-time
student teaching at the _____ grade
level. Additionally, I am currently----------(this
is an optional sentence to include
only if it fits your situation: working
on my ESL endorsement; working on my
masters degree in elementary education;
teaching part-time at XYZ school, etc.)
(Optional paragraph - use only
if it applies) In the past, I have
enjoyed working as _______________
(a volunteer for the parks and recreation
department in which I was responsible
for___________; a teacher at my church
in which I was responsible for__________, etc.).
Enclosed for your review are
my application, resume, transcripts,
copy of state certification, and letters
of recommendation. The address
for my electronic portfolio is http://www.missouriwestern.edu.
Please do not hesitate to call
if additional information is required
I look forward to hearing from
you move from being a student to being
a professional educator, this might
be the time to make some changes in how you present yourself.
Probably the following email
addresses are not appropriate for
your new life:
You get the idea.
Additionally, consider the greetings
message that you have on your answering machine. What
you have may not be appropriate for a superintendent
of schools to listen to.
Superintendents of Schools
will be looking for adults who
can be teachers. Put your best foot forward.
Step 1: Creating A University Career Placement File
You: · Accurately and neatly complete
forms at the University Career Placement Center
Step 2: Official Job Applications
You: · Develop resume/philosophy of
neatly, and completely fill out official district job application
University Career Placement File to district
Official University Transcripts to district
Step 3: District-Level "Paper" Screening
They: · Review all potential teacher
a pool of qualified applicants
you, if you are selected to proceed in the application
Step 4: District-Level Initial Screening Interview
You: · Make best first impression
They: · Conduct structured interview
your responses and professional demeanor
best potential hires - those that are most qualified and
those that made strongest
Step 5: Principal's Selection Interview
They: · Look for a best "fit" - enthusiastic,
formal and informal interviews
You: · Use portfolio to reveal
strengths, experience, and personality - "Will I fit?"
to Writing Resumes
Education - list your
most current degree first, then your GPA.
Certificates - list all certificates and endorsements
you have earned (Early Childhood, ESL/BLE, etc.)
Experience - list the most recent teaching experience
first -which, for novices, is student teaching.
Related Experience/Community Service - again, the most
recent is listed first. Keep in mind that the prospective
employer wants a person that has demonstrated he/she can
work effectively with students. Therefore, any experience/service
you list should be related to the teaching position you
are seeking. If possible, describe the major emphasis of
the position with action words, for example, taught, coached,
directed, counseled, tested, evaluated.
Younger, less experienced applicants
may wish to identify college or high school accomplishments.
Special Talents/Attributes - list those activities that highlight
your teaching ability, scholarship, communication skills,
or artistic/athletic talents that illustrate the unique contributions
you could make to the school/district.
Honors - employers wish to hire individuals who are dedicated
and excel. List any type of honor you have received.
References - list people who have actually observed your
teaching ability, including, your cooperating teacher,
college supervisor, department or grade level chair, and/or
building administrators. It is very important that you
list your references' contact information carefully. Home
phone numbers are necessary since most hiring is completed
during the summer. Include a list of references on your
resume and on your University Career Placement File.
- Example for Education Candidates
Sally Smith, 6266 N. North, Anytown, AZ. 85666
1992 - Bachelor of Arts in Education, Arizona
Grade Point Average 3.46
Early Childhood Education
Mathematics Education 9-12
Physical Education K-12
Fall 1992 - Student Teaching, Best School,
Any District, Anytown, Arizona
RELATED EXPERIENCE/COMMUNITY SERVICE:
1988-89 Swim Instructor, Anytown Community
and implemented beginner's swim program
5-6-and 7-year old's beginning swimming classes.
· Directed "Swim
Night" for parents.
1989-90 Arts/Crafts Instructor, Anytown
Parks & Recreation
and taught arts & crafts to 3-4- and 5-year olds.
projects and hosted an Open House for families.
One semester of student teaching, three semesters
of internship and work experiences listed above have provided
an excellent start in my teaching career. My classroom
strengths lie in the following areas:
and communication with students and parents.
and positive attitude.
and classroom management skill.
motivation, and energy.
and good judgment.
Address School Phone
- Mrs. Sarah Perfect (Cooperating Teacher,
Second Grade) Best Elementary, Any District, Anytown,
Address School Phone
- Dr. Kelly Great, Principal, Best Elementary, Any
District, Anytown, Arizona.
Address University Phone
- Dr. C. Terrific, College Supervisor, Arizona State
University, Tempe, Arizona.
IMPRESSIONS: POWER OF PRESENCE
When school districts hire teachers, they employ people
who immediately inspire the public's trust and confidence.
Therefore, among the critical factors district personnel
consider when they interview potential teachers are those
first visual impressions the candidate makes. It takes
less than 7 seconds to make a first impression.
Prepare for your job interview by being able to answer the following questions :
What are the district's expectations?
What are the interviewer's expectations?
How can the desired teacher image be created?
A Northwest University surveyed 405 well-known firms and
found 14 reasons that applicants were screened out after
the initial interview. The first four reasons were:
Practice interviewing; use this check list:
What do I look like?
What do I sound like?
What do I say?
How well do I listen?
If possible, go to the location
prior to the day of the interview so that you can check
traffic and parking location.
Allow plenty of time for any unexpected delays. (15 minutes
early to the interview is appropriate.) Don't arrive an
Check your appearance in the restroom prior to checking
in with the secretary.
Put on your suit jacket after you arrive so that it doesn't
wrinkle in the car. Leave your jacket on during the interview.
Leave your cellular telephone, beeper and/or pager in
your car or at home.
Be professional and polite to the secretary.
While waiting, visualize a great impression.
Remember to give a firm handshake.
Do not play with coins in your pocket or crack your knuckles.
Don't cross your legs.
Smile and nod when appropriate.
Listen carefully before answering questions.
Sit when and where your interviewer indicates.
Use appropriate nonverbal language, including good eye
Competent Actions Inadequate
Clear, firm tone Soft,
Positive, confirming statements Questioning
tone at end of response
Variation in tone, pitch Monotone
Clear articulation Mumbling,
Direct eye contact Shifting
or glaring eyes
Firm handshake Limp,
Appropriate, relaxed gestures Fidgeting,
Well balanced, straight posture Stooped
Open, positive facial expressions Frowning
Assured manner Lip
biting, furrowed brows
Enthusiastic, high energy level Lethargic,
low energy level
QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE ASKED
DURING AN INTERVIEW OR ON A TEACHER APPLICATION
1. Why did you choose to go into the teaching field?
2. Identify two issues facing education and your possible
3. What are some of your most significant accomplishments
4. Would you talk about your student teaching experience?
5. Discuss any of your qualifications which you wish
6. What do you think is the main force behind your success?
7. What are your extracurricular interests?
8. State your philosophy of education.
9. What did you particularly like about the last job
you had? What did you dislike?
10. How do you plan to remain educationally current?
11. Why do you want to be a teacher in this School District?
12. What types of decisions are easiest for you to make?
Which ones are difficult?
13. How long would you plan to teach at this school?
14. State briefly the qualities you possess which you
feel would be helpful in a teaching position.
15. How do you think your peers would describe you as
16. What responsibilities will your students have for
17. What are your plans for professional growth?
18. Describe your relationship with your last two supervisors.
19. What do you want your students to accomplish?
20. What are your educational goals for the future?
21. What professional journals do you read regularly?
22. What do you regard as the main responsibility of
a new teacher?
23. In what respects do you feel you have improved professionally
over the past several years?
24. Would you rather teach the slow learner or the advanced
25. Describe the staff development activities or programs
that you have been involved with.
26. Why did you major in this area of teaching?
27. Describe the kinds of parental and community support
you expect (or hope for).
28. Describe your grading system preference.
29. Describe the instructional/curriculum reform or improvement
programs you have been involved with.
30. What teaching techniques have you found to be effective
within the classroom?
31. What are your views regarding teacher and parent
empowerment through participatory management and the decision-making
32. What do you feel are your three greatest teaching
33. What seems to be your three teaching weaknesses?
34. What is your opinion regarding performance-based
35. What do you believe to be the three weaknesses of
the teaching profession today?
36. Describe your experience in working as a team member
in a professional setting.
37. What do you believe to be the three greatest strengths
of the teaching profession today?
38. Discuss the basic philosophy of Bloom's taxonomy.
39. Identify two majors goals you will establish your
first year as a teacher. How would you evaluate the success
of those goals?
40. What do you consider an "ideal" class size?
41. List the skills you have that could contribute to
a 'team' concept of teaching.
42. Do you believe in homogeneous groupings? heterogeneous
43. List the training and experiences you have had which
can contribute to the improvement of instruction at School
44. How do you feel about team teaching? How do you feel
about the self-contained classroom?
45. How would you challenge the slow learner and the
advanced student within the same classroom?
46. What is your philosophy of discipline?
47. Do you believe in detailed lesson plans?
48. How do you intend to motivate your students?
49. What is your greatest concern when in the classroom?
50. What are your hopes for the future?