The hiring season is again upon us for the next school year. Whether you are applying for a teaching or administrative job, the information outlined below will give you insight on what employers use to screen applicants and also look for when hiring the best and brightest.
1. Applitrack: Robost online application system used by many school districts that allows users to upload resumes, cover letters, certifications, and other credentials crucial to securing a job. Users can transfer application materials from one job application to another with a few clicks.
2. Google Drive: Leveraging the power of this cloud based application allows users to easily create and share cover letters, resumes, and best practice classroom artifacts.
3. Social Media: Follow schools on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to gain insight on the culture of learning. Those institutions who "tell their story" well are typically the places you want to be as a new hire. Also, it is incredibly important that potential candidates show they are connected to the world of education through various social networking sites.
4. Online Portals: Find jobs on services such as K12Jobspot, Indeed, LinkedIn, and NJSchoolJobs.com. Most online newspapers will have ads in the Sunday edition as well.
5. Digital Portfolios: Know that employers look for evidence of digital fluency in such areas as blogging and being able to use web based tools such as LiveBinders and Evernote. Showing evidence of how these tools are implemented to impact students success is imperative as well. Even more impressive is a candidate's ability create a website highlighting their experience with services like Weebly or Google Sites. The information provided on these websites sometimes determines if a candidate moves on to the next round.
Hopefully the information above will shed light on how a person lands a job in the technology based society we now live in.