Career Service News and Advice

IN FOCUS

Browse through all of the materials listed here, but if you look at/read/listen to just one thing, check out this “Job Interview Advice” podcast from Cult of Pedagogy (4/8/15).

Look here for links to up-to-date articles on the world of career development for education professionals.

CULTIVATING YOUR PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY

Managing Your Social Media Presence

  • The Career Corner blog at Education Week has a good post (7/15/13) on managing your social media presence. In addition to the bits of advice offered in that blog post, we strongly encourage job seekers and professionals to create and maintain a professional website or e-portfolio. Thinking of creating an e-portfolio? Want to learn more about them? Read through the resources that we’ve put together on the subject here, and contact Ryan Redmond, Pearl Emmons, or Phil Gay for more information and assistance. Also, make note of upcoming e-portfolio workshops listed here.)

Creating a Digital Portfolio

  • A decent introduction to creating a digital portfolio to showcase your professional self. From the Education Week Career Corner blog. Posted on 10/27/15.

Show Them You Really Want the Job

  • “Showing that you really want the job entails more than just really wanting the job. An interview is part Broadway casting call, part intellectual dating game, part personality test, and part, well, job interview. When there are 300 applicants for a position, many of them will “fit” the required (and even the preferred) skills listed in the job ad. The decision, thus, has to include intangibles, and at the top of that list is your ability to show that a department’s love for you, as expressed in a job offer, is returned in kind.” From a 6/17/12 essay that appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read on here.

Keeping Up to Date

  • In a short blog post (4/17/12) over at Education Week’s Career Corner, a guest blogger urges educators to follow the news and keep up to date. “In addition to educators who can differentiate instruction; integrate common core standards; build rapport with students and parents; and utilize data to make recommendations on instructional strategies, employers seek candidates who have an awareness of what is happening in the world,” she writes. Good advice. One easy way to keep up to date is to become a fan of the Tufts Department of Education’s Facebook page, where we regularly post links to important education news.

Building Your Brand

  • “Your ‘personal brand’ is your unique promise of value – what those around you expect from you – what you are known for. It includes your credibility, visibility, personality & personal style. It is the MOST effective and innovative strategy you can use to achieve professional success and career satisfaction…Be sure that your personal brand is evident in all of your marketing materials – your resume, job search letters, your online identity. You should also be able to clearly articulate your brand in a job interview.” – from a December 2, 2011 essay that appeared on Career Corner, one of the blogs at Education Week.

Initiative

  • “If you are to stand out in a candidate pool that might number in the hundreds of applicants, you simply must do more than only what is required by the application process.” – from another December 2, 2011 essay that appeared on Career Corner, one of the blogs at Education Week.

Landing a Job in the Museum of the Future

  • This post from August 4, 2011 on the Center for the Future of Museums’ blog offers some sound advice: Do real work; Come at it from the side; Focus on practice, not theory; and Train for the future. Read on here.

Tufts Career Advisory Network (CAN)

  • “Here you’ll find advisors who are willing to share their career advice and experiences with you. Tufts CAN includes advisors from each of the university’s seven schools, offering you a comprehensive look at the many and varied careers that Tufts alumni pursue. Whether you’re a student beginning to discover your career interests or a graduate exploring new fields, you’ll find this resource useful.” Read more about this great resource here.

JOB SEARCHING

Job Search Tips

  • Advice from Pamela Folger, Director of the Career Center at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, on Education Week’s Career Corner blog (from 11/9/12).

8 Job Search Tips

  • Advice from Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn (On Mashable, from 2/15/12).

Hiring Tips for Out-of-State Applicants

  • With many of you looking far and wide for work, here (1/13/12) are six good tips to consider as you work to position yourself well for out-of-state job opportunities.

Job Search Tips for Experienced Teachers

  • This informative Career Corner post from 1/22/13 is especially relevant for veteran educators.

RESUMES & COVER LETTERS

Making Statements Worth Reading

  • This September 2, 2014 post on the Career Corner blog over at Education Week is definitely worth reading. It addresses, in the short space of a resume, how to showcase not just the what of your experience but the how and why.

Cover Letter Face-Lift

  • A great post from Tufts Alumni Career Services, added on August 4, 2014.

Multimedia Resumes

6 Steps to Find a Job for the Soon-To-Be College Grads

  • John Wilpers, new media consultant and founder of a company called Degrees2Dreams, shared advice on WBUR’s Here and Now on January 4, 2013. Listen in.

Resumes, Cover Letters, and “What if I Don’t Get a Teaching Job?”

  • The Career Corner blog over at Education Week has a series of posts that I recommend. The first one (3/5/12) addresses the ever-present question of how long a resume should be, the second one (3/1/12) give advice on how to structure a cover letter, and the third one (2/20/12) offers some good advice on what to do if you’re having difficulty landing a teaching job.

Common Resume Mistakes

INTERVIEWING

Interviewing

  • This April 2015 “Job Interview Advice for Teachers” podcast at the Cult of Pedagogy is definitely worth a listen.

Interviews, Costly Mistakes, and Advice

Interviews and Resumes

Interviewing: Becoming an Effective Storyteller

  • “A while back, I came across an article in which a recruiter was asked to describe what makes an effective interview performance. Her answer was simple, yet compelling: storytelling. From her perspective, interviewees who can master the art of storytelling make the best interviewees. Consider the most memorable lessons you have learned from teachers, speakers, or mentors. My guess is that what comes to mind for most people involves a personal story. As teachers know best, concepts most often come alive when they are put into meaningful or relevant context.” From a 6/7/12 blog post at Education Week’s Career Corner. Read on here.
  • Another good post on effectively telling your story in an interview appeared on August 21, 2014 in the Career Corner.

Following up on the Job Fair

  • “The reality is that few people are hired at job fairs – or even immediately afterward. The fairs are a chance for administrators to look at candidates and to consider who will be invited for interviews later in the spring or summer. The real work for candidates begins when the fairs conclude…How can you maximize the important time after the fairs and use it to your advantage? Take this opportunity to distinguish yourself from those who joined you in the long job fair lines. Here are a few ways to do this…” – from a March 13, 2012 post on Career Corner, one of the blogs at Education Week.