Great teachers will always be in demand. Nevertheless, searching for the right school for you can be tough. Finding a job can be intimidating, no matter what your profession is. While there are a plethora of websites targeted to educators in search of work, not all of these sites are worth spending time on. Some are not updated often, and others simply don’t have that many teaching jobs listed or available. But knowing where to look can make your job search much easier.
Regional School Districts/Boards of Education
This is usually the first place to start because these organizations have the most comprehensive and authoritative information on job vacancies within their areas. This information is often on the school board’s website, as well as the district’s hiring practices, application requirements and any job fairs that are in the area. For easy reference, our state pages list the contact information of each state’s board of education, though for individual school districts, you should be able to find the information fairly quickly through any search engine.
Many nonprofit educational organizations offer teaching positions to recent college graduates. Often, these programs will ease the transition into a teaching career by providing experience, financial assistance, and support for continuing education and certification. Teach For America is one organization that helps get teachers into high needs schools. Teach For All and AmeriCorps. are similar organizations. Many states have their own organizations, such as NYC Teaching Fellows, DC Teaching Fellows, Teach Kentucky and many others. These programs ensure temporary job placement, however, acceptance is extremely competitive. In 2009, Teach For America accepted only 4,100 of 35,000 applicants.
Job fairs are excellent networking tools to meet potential employers and make connections with other current and aspiring teachers who can share their resources. Job fairs allow you to find open positions, learn about hiring practices and refine your application documents. You should always bring copies of your resume and spend as much time as possible at the event. Dress appropriately to greet potential employers and hand out your resume to as many people as you can. Be sure to collect business cards and contact information. You can generally find job fairs through a quick query on any search engine or through your local education boards. Websites like Want to Teach also compile lists of such events from all over the nation onto one page.
The Internet is a great tool to find job postings. Websites like Craigslist or Monster post a wide spectrum of available jobs, so searching for teaching jobs on those sites can be. However, many niche databases lists jobs specifically in education and can be a wonderful resource for your job search. Some of these sites charge a membership fee, but many are either open to the public or offer free membership. Here are some extremely useful resources that only post educational positions, thus helping narrow your search:
Teachers-Teachers.com enables job seekers to conduct searches based on state, education level and grade level. The site also lets teachers, administrators, speech pathologists and other education professionals post resumes. These resumes are then visible to the 1,441 school systems that are members of the site. Registration on the site is free, and members are also provided with valuable resources for aspiring teachers, such as teacher certification requirements by state, classroom management tools and job-hunting advice.
Unfortunately, not all things in life are free. While EducationCrossing.com members must pay a monthly membership fee to use the site, the end results may be well worth it. EducationCrossing.com is a little different from traditional job search sites because the site is actually a job reporting service. Site administrators thoroughly search for and research each position that is posted on the site to provide job seekers with the most current leads and information needed to land various positions, so job seekers are essentially paying for a comprehensive view of applicable job openings without the hassle of visiting multiple sites.
This site enables job seekers to take a proactive approach to searching for a teaching position. In addition to being able to search for available teaching positions (some of which are posted directly by schools), the site enables users to post resumes and view job fair listings after completing a short registration process. This site includes job postings for faculty positions (in all subjects from biology to humanities) as well as administrative, library, and advising positions.
Guest visitors to the site can view selected featured listings, but for a more in-depth search, users must register with the site. This enables them to conduct full searches and post their resume for employer members to view. The site also lists the newest job listings first and an option to search by state and by specific keywords such as “math teacher” or “special education”.
SchoolSpring.com is similar to other teaching job sites in that it enables job seekers to search for available positions based on location, category, grade and job type. However, what makes SchoolSpring.com unique is the SchoolSpring PLUS+ feature, which enables aspiring teachers and school administrators to build their portfolio using the online portal. The information is then used to quickly customize an unlimited number of applications, so job seekers can quickly apply to all of the jobs they’re considering. The site’s Search Agent feature, which is also only available to registered members (registration is free), keeps members abreast of new job posting that match previously selected criteria.
The National Associate of Special Education Teachers’ (NASET) Career Center is a great tool for teachers hoping to enter into special education. In addition to searching for job postings, NASET members have access to professional development courses and information on attaining their Board Certification in Special Education. The organization has relationships with school districts throughout the country and allows these districts to post open positions on the site so that members have access to the latest job posting. The site also includes salary and state licensure information.
The private school sector can be hard to break in to. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) not only provides in-depth information about the private school community, it also provides a job bank for educators seeking work in the private school sector of education.
As its name indicates, iHireElementaryTeachers.com is a job search portal for elementary teachers. With thousands of new jobs posted each month and thousands of employer members, the site can help those searching for elementary teaching jobs get noticed. After a free, five-minute registration process, members can upload resumes and use the site’s Premium Resume Blast service to send them to prospective employers. iHireElementaryTeachers.com administrators gather job listings from Internet job boards, directly from employer members, newspapers and classified ads to ensure that teachers are provided with the most comprehensive information available.
Tieonline.com is a teaching job database that focuses exclusively on international education careers. You can filter the listings using a map feature that illustrates all the different global locations that are currently seeking teachers in the K-12 sphere. It also includes a newsletter, FAQ section about teaching abroad, and a comprehensive international teaching guide.
Although many people perceive sites like indeed and glassdoor as geared towards business professionals, they are actually very commonly used to promote opportunities in education. Filtering your search so that you are only opting to see results that have to do with the education sector, one can see a variety of open positions from across the country.