Employers and students conversing in Hoyt Hall for on-campus recruiting.

Education Major Job Search Timetable

There are several ways to organize an effective job search. Presented below is a timetable designed to help graduating teacher education majors make the best use of your time as you go about the job search process. Variations may be necessary; December graduates will need to compress the amount of time allotted to job search activities, while August graduates may expand the timetable. In any case, we think you will find this timetable a helpful tool – especially when it is used in conjunction with other resources and services available from the Center for Career Exploration & Success. You will also want to familiarize yourself with our website at: MiamiOH.edu/careers, then go to ‘Internships and Job Search,’ and ‘Areas of Interest for College of Education, Health, and Society Majors.’

August–September

  • Attend either: 1) Basic Interviewing Skills or 2) Making Employer Contacts & Interviewing if you are a teacher candidate who wishes to interview on campus or participate in a mock interview. Please refer to our website for a program schedule. You may also find these programs useful if you want to learn about our services, job search information, basic interviewing techniques, and important dates and programs.
  • Develop and finalize a resume and basic cover letter for use in your job search. Bring your resume in during Resume Drop-In Hours for a critique by one of our Career Assistants.
  • Use the resume and cover letter resources available on our website. Select Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviewing on the Center for Career Exploration & Success homepage.
  • Review and update your Handshake profile, including an updated resume.
  • Handshake is used to schedule advising appointments and to schedule a mock interview.

October

  • Schedule an advising appointment to help define your career goals and develop a job search plan.
  • Begin to develop a list of professional references (supervising teacher from student teaching, cooperating teacher, professors, and supervisors) and confirm their willingness to be a reference and provide them with a copy of your resume. Attend Resumes, Cover Letters for Teacher Candidates. Refer to ‘Programs’ on the Center for Career Exploration & Success homepage.
  • Attend Making Employer Contacts & Interviewing for Teacher Candidates.

November

  • Begin networking by contacting friends, relatives, faculty and other appropriate people and inform them of the types of positions you are seeking. Give them a copy of your resume for their reference.
  • Use social networking sites as a part of your overall job search strategies.
  • Attend LinkedIn 101: Building Your LinkedIn Brand to learn about the ins and outs of networking and how to leverage LinkedIn and other online networking tools as resources for managing and expanding your network.
  • Develop an online portfolio within your LinkedIn profile.
  • Begin to do background research on school systems of interest.
  • Familiarize yourself with the AAEE Job Search Handbook for Educators which can be picked up at the Center for Career Exploration & Success, 45 Armstrong Student Center or as part of an advising appointment.

December–February

  • Finalize your resume and cover letters.
  • Using online resources and your personal knowledge of school districts develop a list of school districts in which you have an interest. If provided, be certain to note the name of the appropriate hiring official for future reference.
  • Research how to apply for jobs in specific school districts. Do the districts belong to a consortium where you apply online and select the school districts where you wish to work? Or, do you apply directly on the district’s website or through an online system such as AppliTrack?
  • If applying to out-of-state school systems, contact the appropriate state Department of Education to determine certification and testing requirements.
  • If you have not already done so, attend either: 1) Basic Interviewing Skills or 2) Making Employer Contacts & Interviewing if you are a teacher candidate who wishes to interview on campus or participate in a mock interview. Refer to our website for the program schedule.
  • Attend Resumes & Cover Letters for Teacher Candidates. Refer to ‘Programs’ on the Center for Career Exploration & Success homepage.
  • Attend Making Employer Contacts & Interviewing for Teacher Candidates.

March–April

  • Research school systems with which you will be interviewing.
  • Continue to follow up with school systems of interest.
  • Schedule either a daily mock interview or participate in Teacher Mock Interview Day.
  • Attend Teacher Job Fair Training prior to Teacher Job Fair, both scheduled for either March or April.
  • Begin monitoring job postings and other vacancy listings on Handshake and school district websites, consortiums or AppliTrack.
  • Begin follow-up calls to school systems to which you have applied.

May–June

  • Make sure your recommendation letters are in good order.
  • Make communication with your network of contacts.
  • Continue to monitor job postings and other vacancy listings on Handshake and school district websites, consortiums or AppliTrack.
  • Revise your resume and cover letters if necessary.
  • Interview and follow-up with thank you letters, e-mails or notes.
  • Begin considering offers. Evaluate each one carefully.

July–August

  • Continue to monitor job postings and apply when qualified and interested.
  • Continue to interview.
  • Continue communication with your networking contacts.
  • Select the best job offer. Formally accept the offer in writing. Notify the Center for Career Exploration & Success, all employers who have made offers, network contacts, and persons who wrote recommendations to tell them of your acceptance. Send thank you letters when appropriate.

August–September

  • Begin your new job!
  • If still available for employment, contact the Center for Career Exploration & Success to discuss services available to alumni.