By this time the young breed of educators who just graduated last March are already scouting for some work opportunities here and there while having rigid reviews for their Licensure Examination Test (LET) which they will be taking few months from now. This stage of the young graduates is quite exciting. I can still vividly recall that right after graduation, we extended another week or two in the university for our LET review and while in there my batch mates and I were all busy printing our resume to be distributed to the possible schools we could get in.
Unlike other professions, a teacher-applicant has to go through a rigid process before he could finally get a teaching post. Here are some pointers I can share.
- Prepare a unique and neat resume. It must be comprehensive and well-edited. When your resume is creatively done, you might just arouse an interest in there. Remember, a teacher should always be creative.
- When you go for an interview, be at your best. Be punctual. Dress properly and neatly. Be polite and courteous at all times. Be pleasant. When you are asked about your abilities and skills, lay them down but be sure not to appear bragging about them. When you speak, talk with clarity and sincerity. Interviews can make or break you. Put your best foot forward.
- During your demonstration teaching, choose a topic that is to be carried out at one setting. Choose a subject matter that you are very familiar with. Give your best shot. Be enthusiastic. Manage your stage fright well. Speak with clarity and as much as possible with correct diction and pronunciation. Don't appear too scripted. Be spontaneous.
- Some schools ask you to write an essay as part of their criteria for hiring. Be sincere when you write. Don't write to impress but to express. Remember to review your work before submitting it. Avoid grammatical errors. As a teacher, you must know the difference between there from their and your from you're.
- Before you leave the premises of the school where you are applying, remember to say your "Thank Yous and Goodbyes". Reiterate your interest of hearing from them soon.
Experience is the best teacher. These are the basic things I put in mind when I applied for my very first teaching job right after graduation 8 years ago and even when I sought teaching job here in Thailand 2 years ago. I bet these won't go outdated.
All the best to you young teachers!