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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 I bet these won't go outdated.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!


23 comments:

  1. I should agree in those tips..
    goodluck sa lahat ng new grads..
    Have anice day!

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  2. i remember mom shared to us once when they conducted interview to teaching applicants, many are not doing well in writing an essay.. :( hope teachers will put heart on their writings too :|

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  3. I love those tips Sir :-) it is very helpful for the new teacher graduates, hope that they will find a job soon and start teaching :-)

    http://www.mommies2ks.com

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  4. Helpful tips! :)
    Goodluck to the new grads! :)

    I still have 4 years ahead of me to graduate! hahaha.

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  5. Goodluck to all the graduates! this is the real challenge for them, looking for a job, they just need patience and they should be prepared too for the application process both physically and emotionally!

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  6. Applying for a job is very stressful, esp the interviews. Except for tip #3, all the tips you gave are applicable to other fields as well. :)

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  7. very helpful tips.they won't get outdated! it made me reminisce a few years back in 1993 when i graduated from PLM with a degree in BSE (teacher for all grades curriculum).it was an exciting time indeed.i was able to teach in public elementary school as under Board since i have a special eligibility for graduating cumlaude. but i took my Professional Board Examinations for Teachers (PBET) (before LET)a year later at the insistence of my dear principal.i had been an educator since then,even when i became a lawyer.

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  8. Good luck to all graduates and for those who would really desire to teach. This post would be a guide for them.

    I have to agree with point #4 regarding the they're and their. teachers should definitely know this and i'm pretty sure most of them do.

    informative post, btw :)

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  9. I admire teacher applicants for the effort they exert when they apply. It simply is no joke to go through the application process especially when you have to give a demo.

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  10. The teaching profession is really a tough feat to handle. I didn't know that even in the application process, some instances will you to make an essay -- same thing when I applied for a Call Center job. But teachers are tougher because they got to deal with different personalities every single day let alone serving in public schools.

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  11. These tips will be quite helpful to new graduates who are planning on pursuing a teaching position. I actually thought about teaching preschool. But after a semester of teaching grade schoolers in a public school in Balara (back in college), I knew that it wasn't for me. I actually love teaching kids new materials. But it wasn't my calling. =)

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  12. wow i hope many fresh grads will find this useful

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  13. great help, some tips are also applicable to all looking for a job... good luck. Yahweh bless.

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  14. This is nice. I'm turning college this June and this would be a note for future use. :)

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  15. goodluck and congrats to the newly grads. This blog post can be a guide for them. thank you for sharing this :)

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  16. I agree to what you have shared. My mother-in-law and cousin are teachers and coming from them its not easy. many thinks that teaching is just another course. Like any other professions, it also requires time and the most important is dedication.

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  17. this post is very helpful not only for fresh grad teachers but to all fresh grads. But honestly say, that your #1 tip is the most neglected of all by today's applicants. Mostly they pass-it in crumpled or folded resume.. tsk tsk, sayang lng ang effort

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  18. My mom is a teacher and I have also been teaching part time for the last 8 years. Although I have a different profession, I realized late in my life that I too am a teacher. This is a very helpful post. I hope new education graduates can read this.

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  19. This is a MUST read to all newly grad teachers.
    I somehow, pity those who are not good in verbal
    or more so writing ENGLISH compositions...
    They should have master these skills before graduating.

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  20. I don';t think an education gradutae can teach without securing license first? correct me if I am wrong. Nevertheless, it won't hurt to scout for job while reviewing.

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    2. I graduated in March of 2004 and I got hired for a teaching post by June of the same year. I have not taken LET yet because I was suppose to take it within that year which I took and passed. So, I became a regular teacher and worked in there for six years.

      Many private schools hire fresh graduates while public schools accommodate volunteer teachers even they are unlicensed.

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