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Professional Development for Student Teachers. Lamarita N. Vicenti, M.A., GCDF College of Education and Human Development Career Counselor University Career Center. Objectives. Overview of University Career Center services RowdyJobs Finding your teaching jobs Your Tool Kit - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Getting a Jump Start in Finding a Teaching Position: Tips and Other Must Dos!

Professional Development for Student TeachersLamarita N. Vicenti, M.A., GCDFCollege of Education and Human Development Career Counselor University Career Center

ObjectivesOverview of University Career Center servicesRowdyJobsFinding your teaching jobsYour Tool KitResume writingReference pagePortfolioHow to Navigate a Career FairPlan BPolishing your Interview Skills

Overview of University Career CenterIndividual career advising and career planningResume and cover letter assistanceInterview preparation (mock interviews/perfect interview)Setting effective job search strategies and networkingOn-line job and event listings through RowdyJobsCareer fairs and various career-related workshops Career assessments

Finding Your Teaching Job: Some questions to consider:What kinds of schools would you consider (public, private, charter, urban, alternative, etc.)?What are your strengths?What are the areas for growth?How far are you willing to travel? Relocate? What is your philosophy of education and what is a good fit?

Your Toolkit!

ResumeCover LetterApplicationsReferences ( b/t 4-5)Recommendation Letters (at least 3)Portfolio?Career Center supportNetwork: family, friends, friends of friends, associates, instructors, colleagues, teachers, classmates, etc.The average interview lasts about one hour. How long is the average resume review by an employer?

A. 2 3 minutes

B. 20 seconds or less

C. 1 2 minutes

D. As long as it takes

B. 20 seconds or lessGeneral Tips for Resumes:

Please do not use I on a resume Your resume should not exceed 2 pages Keep it professional: Please use a traditional font size and type Use nice resume paper! Incorporate key words & specialized language Check: Formatting, alignment, punctuation, acronyms, verb tenses Proofread! Use PC/manual spelling andgrammar check + have someone else proofread!

Resume Development What unique qualities / experiences can I bring?What are recruiters looking for in a resume?How can I stand out?

*Resume Sample*References: Start cultivating your references early on in your college career! You should have 3-5 good references (can also provide recommendation letters for you)Preferred References:Cooperating TeacherUniversity SupervisorPrincipal of a school Other teachers/faculty that have seen you teach A parent of a student you have worked withOthers that have seen you teach/train


What are portfolios? Electronic (LiveText) and Hard Copy versions May include links to lesson plans, reflections, personal web site, video, etc. If included, explain all photosHow do you use portfolios to market yourself?Do people read portfolios? Principals/ HR reps. may or may not look at them

Career Fair Layout

How to Navigate a Career Fair:

Be prepared! Career fairs are like screening interviews Research a few preferred districts if possible Have a game plan! Plan on visiting a # of districts Wear professional attire! Suits preferred. Have a 30 second commercial/elevator pitch for yourself Learn the art of networking! Career fairs are NOT just about getting a job-get contacts! Have several copies of polished resume Practice marketing yourselfSAVE THE DATEFall 2012 Educator Career FairThursday, November 15th, 8:30 11:30 UC Ballroom

8:30 am 9:30 am - Browsing for UTSA Student Teachers and alumni ONLY

9:30 am - 11:30 am - Browsing opens to non-UTSA teachers


Plan BHave I created a plan B?Substitute Teaching After-school programsTutoring Volunteering: non-profits, church, childs school, PTA/PTOAttend local, regional, national conferencesProfessional Development Region 20, University, TRCLook into private/charter schoolsConsider Teaching English AbroadDo I have a NETWORK? Am I staying connected in the field?

SAVE THE DATERegister with the RowdyJobs Friday, October 19th, 5:00pm

Upload Resume to RowdyJobsFriday, October 26th , 5:00pm

Complete School District ApplicationsFriday, November 9th, 5:00pm

Polishing your Interview SkillsResearch, Research, Research! Invest in a Power Suit!Practice, Practice, Practice!

Educator Career Fair Prep workshop16Good Luck with Student Teaching!Thank you!Lamarita N. Vicenti, M.A., GCDFCareer Counselor IIILamarita.vicenti@utsa.eduUTSA University Career Center


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