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Tools To Help You Find a Career

Career success isn’t rocket science–it’s a simple 3-step process. (1) Learn what you want to achieve. (2) Define what success looks like (how will you understand you achieved it?) and (3) Take action. The more you do, the faster you’ll get there.

Circumstances do not make or break success. It’s determined by believing you can achieve your goals; by adopting specific, more useful patterns of thinking; and by preparing yourself mentally and physically to develop the habits of success. Success may be an “inside position” but it still requires a lot of work! Here are ten tools to benefit you more easily and help you make your mark.

TOOL #1: A contact relationship management (CRM) system

Everyone is a position seeker. Some are active job seekers; others are passive ones. Passive position seekers become active position seekers every 3 to 5 years. If you are a student now, the US Department of Labor estimates you will have 10-14 jobs by age 38!

Looking for work can be grueling. Don’t spend valuable job search time trying to invent an organizational system. Get yourself a good contact relationship management (CRM) tool applied JibberJobber instead. It’s free and lets you track all the critical information you collect during a position hunt and when networking. Track companies you apply to or think you’d like to work for someday. Track each job you go after and log the status (date of first interview, thank you letter sent, etc.).

TOOL #2: A professional online presence (your web site, MySpace, and LinkedIn pages)

Companies are now using the internet to find and qualify new hires. At the very least, you should have your own name reserved as a web site domain name where you can post an online version of your resume and other pertinent job information.

Many domain registrars have low sign up and hosting fees and offer tools for office a web site that require no technical experience. For example, my web site was built in a single weekend using only the service provider’s web page templates. It costs just $0.35 per day to make up-to-date information about my job and my resume instantly available to anyone. No more mailing or photocopying expenses!

Having an online presence makes you stand out from your competition. Start by reserving your domain name. If you have a common name, like John Smith and the domain is not available, try a variation such as MrJohnSmith.com or MsJaneDoe.com. If that doesn’t work, try adding your initials, job or city (e.g., JSmithArchitect.com or JaneDoeMiami.com).

Create a free LinkedIn page designed to market yourself professionally, not socially (and don’t forget to screen your “social” pages for career-killing content).

Check your “Google factor” periodically. Search for your own name and see what comes up! As you grow in your job, so too will your online presence. However, always remember “What goes on the net, stays on the net!” so keep that in mind when posting in favorite blogs and forums.

Video resumes are becoming increasingly popular however can work against you if you aren’t careful in what you do and say in them. If you decide to do one, get professional benefit with it (services are available for <$200). Some, who have created video resumes on their own, crashed and burned and few examples posted on YouTube are amazing models to follow.

TOOL #3: A good headshot

You need a professional headshot (not a “glamour” shot) when you are promoted to the higher ranks. Investing in one now will have you moving up even faster. Have a good black and white and a color digital photograph created in both high-resolution (300 dpi) and low-resolution (72 dpi) files available at all times. Update your headshot every 2-3 years. Initially, you’ll use it on your resume and business card (the ones you create for yourself). Eventually, you’ll use it in other places where you are building your success brand. For instance, to show next to articles you write for your business newsletter. Always control your image where you can.

TOOL #4: An hourglass (the ultimate uncomplicated personal productivity tool)

Time easily slips away. An hourglass quietly reminds you of this. Displaying a classy hourglass (or collection) is guaranteed to get you noticed and remembered for being conscientious about personal productivity! Self-imposed time limits benefit you focus better and produce more. And to get the most out of the workday, you must stop wasting time. This simple tool has an amazingly powerful impact on your productivity when used to benefit you be more aware of passing time.

Hourglasses come in sizes from 3 minutes (egg timer) to 90 minutes. In SmartStart we use a 3-minute timer to limit time spent on phone calls and answering routine email. And we use a longer one for tasks requiring more time and concentration.

TOOL #5: A chess set (secret weapon of the world’s best group builders)

Forget about candy dishes and donuts for in-office networking and team office. Display a fantastic-looking chess set instead! Put it in an open spot near your work area. Use a picture frame to display a sign that says “Get in the game!” and lists a few simple rules for players passing by. The only principals you need to post are:

1. Anyone can play and

2. After making a move, please turn over the black/white card so the next passerby knows which color chess piece to move. (Then have a card next to the chess board that says “White goes next” on one side and “Black goes next” on the other.)

You’ll be amazed how many people participate in this open match. You’ll give yourself and your department or group a fantastic name throughout the entire company. Plus, everyone who plays will be sharpening strategic thinking and crisis solving skills! This promotes team harmony and reinforces that everyone is on the SAME group while advancing your success!

TOOL #6: A networking kit

Networking is not something you do when looking for work or favors. It’s something you do every day. And your network is not all the folks whose employer cards you have or whom you’ve entered in your CRM tool–your network is the individuals who would take and/or return your phone call! It is going to take some effort and advance preparation to grow your network. That’s what your “networking kit” is for. Don’t take a chance on leaving a negative first impression because your breath is stale or offensive. Pop a subtle breath mint before making social rounds.

Before attending networking events set 3 goals. Write them down and review them before launching yourself onto the scene. The first goal could be how many strangers you plan to meet; the second how many things to know about each new connection; and the third might be how many connections/reconnections to follow up on before leaving.

You need a fantastic business card, even if you have to get it made yourself. Nearly all employer cards (90%) are thrown away. Yours will be kept if you make it, the conversation, and the card exchange more something to remember. Use both hands to present your card to someone you’ve just met (it makes the gesture feel different and you more memorable). Always speak in good taste when exchanging cards (pass along a compliment and avoid making boorish comments or using negative language). Never write on a employer card you receive in the worker’s presence (it’s rude); leave the space or immediate area before putting your memory-jogging information on the back.

Carrying around your business cards without a protective case is like throwing your laptop into the car bare. You need a case to keep your business cards safe, neat, clean and handy. Talking with strangers can be nerve-wracking; but, when you have an unusual employer card case it can be a handy dialogue starter. I carry two; one for my own cards and one reserved for company cards I collect.

Discipline yourself to follow up. Exchanging business cards is not networking; developing relationships with those you meet is. Use your image-enhancing pen (which does not need to be expensive) to make notes to benefit you follow up in a meaningful way, then send personal handwritten cards to those you want to stay connected to over time.

TOOL #7: “Signature” stationery

Fine stationery enhances your businesslike image and is a intelligent investment. It takes little effort to develop your “signature” style. Before selecting affordable items at local retailers, get familiar with options offered by a specialist in high-end stationery.

If you study the “Manager” offerings at Stationery Studio you’ll see many designs that support your desired businesslike image without sacrificing personal style. Use their virtual tool to experiment with unique lettering styles, ink colors, design motifs and envelopes with tissue linings. When you’ve found something you like, print it off and go shopping. Look for similar items to purchase at lower cost. Once you’ve chosen your “signature” stationery, use it consistently to keep in touch with those in your network. It becomes your trademark.

TOOL #8: A success library and toy box

Successful individuals read. A lot. Carry your books around in audio files on your iPod or set aside a different bookcase at home but do create your own library of personal development materials. (A minimum of 10% of your workweek should be spent in “learning” mode.)

A well-stocked personal success library includes: biographies and autobiographies of people you apprehend, collections of inspirational quotations that appeal to you, foundational texts that shape your thinking, reference texts that build your skills in specific areas (language and communication, technology, other key cities of businesslike interest), and other books of personal interest (both classics and current best-sellers).

In your “toy box”, you can have any number of cool items such as Brain Age (an electronic game), puzzles (crosswords, sudoku, and brainteasers), ThinkerToys, brainstorming and mindmapping aids and other tools for sharpening your mental reflexes. These make for fantastic entertainment when you just don’t feel like reading on your commuter train or while waiting around in airports, traveling on company, or being stuck in dreary hotel rooms.

TOOL #9: A membership in toastmasters (www.toastmasters.org/)

Toastmasters is not exaggerating when they say “your success in company is based on how effective you are”. The higher you go, the more your communication skills are on display. By participating in Toastmasters programs individuals from all backgrounds develop and enhance their vocal power.

Start preparing now in the arts of speaking, listening and thinking! These vital skills promote self-actualization, develop confidence and self-esteem, enhance your relationships with others, and position you for making significant contributions to your business and the world. A membership in Toastmasters is a personal growth know-how you won’t regret.

TOOL #10: A personal stylist

Your image is part of personal branding. The world is full of individuals with great degrees who are completely lacking a sense of style. You only get one opportunity to make a good first impression and doing so is a necessity for winning in the competitive company world.

Investing in the services of a personal stylist costs less than you might think, pays big dividends, and is of fantastic help when you:

Are about to make your “debut” in the corporate world . want to change careers and work in a special industry or sector . want to move from a technical role to an operational one . have excellent performance reviews however just aren’t getting ahead . want to strategically position yourself for a higher rank . are faced with a life-changing transition (pregnancy, divorce, etc.) . will be making money in a country or with a culture you weren’t born into

Businesslike stylists are objective about what really suits your coloring, body shape, and the business image you must project. You do not need to spend a fortune to look fantastic; it is possible to spend a fortune on garments that only hold you back from moving ahead.

Working with an expert to develop your style is empowering. Taking time out to develop or refresh your style and update your professional look can reenergize a flagging sense of self and kick start a stalled career. When you understand you look your absolute best you carry yourself differently, with more confidence. People feel that energy and perceive you as even more capable. The medium is the message; never second-guess your style!

While these are all excellent and highly recommended tools, the one tool that tops them all is a personal mentor.

THE TOOL THAT TOPS THEM ALL: A personal mentor

Sometimes, what you can’t see keeps you from achieving your goals. Having a mentor gives you access to information otherwise not available to you. A coach may tell you what to do however a mentor will also tell you why. That makes a fantastic mentor priceless!

Even the best university education can go you unprepared for handling the substantial emotion and cultural politics that exists in all organizations. Everyone requirements a “safe harbor” when self-doubt and fear are rocking the boat and a steady, experienced hand to guide them at the wheel when negotiating foreign waters.

A mentor shares personal experiences and helps you create new learning chances. S/he can also connect you to other resources that benefit advance your goals or serve your needs if they are beyond the mentor’s expertise.

Many business principals you’ll be judged by are unspoken or require translation to be fully understood and usefully applied. Often only a mentor will tell you the truth or rise to your defense in a sticky situation. If you’re lucky, you’ll have more than one in your lifetime. Cherish them all and honor them well for shortcutting learning and helping you succeed.

All of these tools are readily available and anyone can use them. The question is, how many will you put to work for you?

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How To Type a Perfect Resume Template in 2018

Learning how to type a resume may feel like a daunting task. Even the most affluent writers have asked themselves, how to type a mind-blowing resume. Follow the tips in this article, and you will find the answers on how to type an outstanding resume.

First, your resume must be computer printed. The days of the almighty pen or grandma’s typewriter are behind us. No more carriage returns with the dinging bell.

You should always use black ink throughout. It is the most professional, and helps if your resume is going to be copied by your perspective employer.

Today’s computers come with several different fonts from which you can choose.  However, when typing your resume, you want to stick with the traditional Times New Roman. Also acceptable are Courier, Verdana, Ariel and Monaco. Try to avoid italics and underlines, as these are difficult to scan into a database.

When typing your resume for employers, you want to use the optimal font size. It is best to use the popular size of either 10 to 12 point. For the heading, 11 to 14 point in bold type is the best. However, for the body of the resume, you will want to stick with the 10 or 12 point, and avoid using bold in the body as well.

You will want to either use a laser or bubble jet printer. You can print out several copies of your resume, and each one will be as clear as the first. You do not want to use a copy machine, as the letters could be faded. The clearer the resume is, the easier it is on the reader’s eyes, and the more professional your image will be. Also, forget the old dot matrix printer. You don’t want an outdated printer to represent you as being outdated. At the very least, you will want to show that you know how to type a resume.

Do not overlook the importance of the paper that you will use to type your perfect resume. You do not want your resume to shout, “Neon green is my favorite color!” You must always use white or ivory paper, with a matching envelope.

The most professional paper you can choose is at least a 20 lb. bond that is non-erasable.  Remember, you want the whole package to scream, “Professional!” Keep the paper and corresponding envelope clean, crisp and wrinkle free.

As for margins, use the standard 1” on the top and bottom, with 1.25” margins on both the left and right sides.

Double space between your paragraphs and keep it short. Employers want to see a concise and to the point resume. Remember, you are not writing your memoirs, but you are selling yourself, making your first impression. Like the old cliché, “First impressions last a lifetime.” Now that you know how to type a resume, you can find a lifetime job!

What Your Resume Template Should Say….

First Tip – Abilities 

We all have skills and talents that separate us from our competitors. Demonstrate to the prospective business what you are capable of doing, but do so in a way that expresses your enthusiasm and dedication to the job. Show the employer what you can do and how well you can do it. Are you proficient at a particular skill? Let the company learn. This is not just a boring list of what you have done before. It is a marketing piece directed at exciting the prospective company about hiring you to be a part of the organization.

Second Tip – Successes

What have you accomplished thus far in life and how will it enhance your ability to do a great job for your next employer? Don’t just list what you have achieved, however go the next step and be bold about what you have undertaken in the past. Give examples. If possible, use numbers to fathom the work that you have done. For example, “Utilized new workflow procedure to increase the efficiency of the plant by 20%.” Be realistic, but don’t be afraid to sell yourself.

Third Tip – Action 

Use strong action keywords (verbs) within your resume to convey your ability to take action. Showing problem solving skills and initiative are essential in today’s position metropolition area. Think of the responsibilities of your former employment and how you were challenged to excel. Focus on the challenges and how you overcame them. Define the opportunities where you used your resourcefulness and innovative thinking to do something in a unique way and how it benefited the business you worked for.

Fourth Tip – Arrangement 

Look at the overall layout of your resume. Demonstrating your good abilities and quantifying your accomplishments with bold action words are meaningless if they are convoluted in a format that is unreadable. Use a format that is recognized and that suits your background as well as your goals.

The Four A’s of Resumes are vital resume pointers to keep in mind as they will guide you to prepare resume materials that are of the highest quality.

What Do You Do When You Have Resume Gaps?

A resume gap is a part of your resume format in which you have period of unemployment time (which is evident) in your work record.

Why is resume gap a problem?

Well some employers and hiring managers want an applicant who is “fresh.” In other words, they want a person who they can be sure didn’t lose any skills over the gap?

What is considered a big gap to employers?

You see, sometimes it depends on the profession. However, mopst employers considers a 6 month break of unemployment a long period of time.

I bet your wishing that solving the problem of gaps within a resume is as simple as filling it in.

But me and you know that’s not possible without lying on your resume, and we both know that is dumb.

So what should you do if you clearly have a gap in your resume?

Well, I think it’s important for me to go over what NOT to do because every once in a while I see an individual that trys to fool employers.

Which is simply not smart, because it can get you rejected!

1.) Not including the date of your curent or previous job. This means you should include both the year and month. Do NOT just include the year and leave out the month.

2.) Do not go into the job interview without explaining your resume gap in a positive light.

Why? Because the interview may pop the question on the reason why you have a gap of non-employment.

3.) Don’t add something that is totally irrelevant to the job your applying for just so you can fill-in a gap. So don’t include you went on vacation on your resume format.

Hopefully these tips will help you get the right resume template in place.

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Need a New Job? Assess When Should You Start Applying For One

How do you know when you need a new job? Are you having a tough couple of days or is it time to start looking? Job hunting is a nerve-wracking experience, and you do not want to start the process lightly.

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The first step is to make a list of the things that you do not like about your job. This can include your boss, your coworkers, the pay, the commute, or the work itself. Once you have written this list, start to think about how these things can be mitigated. For example, if you have a long commute, can you work from home one or two days a week? Some things, like a horrible boss, cannot be fixed.

Need A New Job? Assess The Reasons

Making a list of the things that are positive about your job is the second step. You might have interesting work, great pay, or a great boss. Think honestly about the things that are good about your job. Sometimes, when we are unhappy in our jobs, we tend to focus on the negative.

Thirdly, compare these two lists. Do the negatives outweigh the positives? If some changes were made would enough of the negatives be mitigated? You may see that this is a clear decision to stay or to go. If you decide that you will stay if some of the things that you dislike are fixed, go to your boss and make some reasonable suggestions. If he or she refuses, you will know that staying is not a good decision.

If you are still unsure about staying or going, follow this fourth step. Consider how long it has been since you have been promoted or given new responsibilities. If a few years have passed, consider moving on. A long time in the same job may signal that you are complacent and have let your skills degrade. You should move on before this happens.

If you have not been building your skill set while working, consider staying for a short period of time while you work on skill building. This may mean taking classes, working on a new project, or studying on your own. It will make it much easier to find a new job when you start looking.

Looking for a new job is not a task to be taken lightly. Careful consideration should be given to whether your current job can be fixed. Lastly, pay attention to how your resume looks and build your skills as much as you can.

 

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Best Pre-Interview Tip: Clean Up Your LinkedIn Profile

Let me start with our best best pre-interview tip. When you begin scheduling interviews, you will want to be sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date. Social networking websites like LinkedIn are highly effective marketing media when hunting for a new job. A LinkedIn profile can provide helpful information that could tip the scales in your balance for a prospective employer before and after a job interview.
Best Pre-Interview Tip

Best Pre-Interview Tip: Assessing Your Linked In Profile

Print summary.

Your LinkedIn profile can be readily printed as a professional fact sheet to take along on an interview. It makes a strong impression by showing you are type of person who is serious about networking in the business world and taking a professional approach to your job search. A well-organized print summary offers a quick and meaningful snapshot of your credentials.

References.

Network contacts receive updates about their colleagues’ job anniversaries, updated skills, and new photos. Members are encouraged to congratulate each other, provide endorsements, and check out new information. Endorsements and comments provide informal references that are likely to impress an interviewer. Assuming that many LinkedIn connections know each other well, a network of members provides a safeguard that tells viewers the information is accurate rather than fabricated.

Quick facts.

A LinkedIn profile arranges member information in ways that are easy to find and understand. Your interview materials should include a LinkedIn Web link for prompt access to your professional information. Much like a resume but less cluttered, a LinkedIn page is a welcome resource to employers who want accessible facts that can be easily digested.

Expanded information.

During an interview you will probably be asked questions for which there is not enough time to elaborate in detail. Providing a reference to your LinkedIn profile gives an employer access to additional information that can fill in any potential gaps. For example, if you are asked about prior employment as an interview question, you will probably give a succinct reply. But you can also suggest that the employer check your LinkedIn profile for more background information, such as specific duties and new skills that were gleaned from the position.

LinkedIn is a powerful resource to use for a job search before, during, and after an interview. It confirms a professional approach to your career and gives you an edge over candidates who don’t use this resource. Keep your profile updated and be ready to share it during upcoming interviews.

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Types Of Resumes – Targeted, Functional, Chronological and Combination

Believe it or not, there are different types of resumes. In today’s competitive job market, it’s important to make yourself stand out to a potential employer. One of the best ways to do so is by writing a great resume. However, there are several different types of resumes one can use. This depends on such factors as your skill level, previous experience, and past accomplishments. These are known as targeted, chronological, combination and functional resumes. Let’s take a closer look at each to give you a better idea of which one is best for your career.

Types Of Resumes

What are the different types of resumes then?

We will start with the targeted resume.

This resume is to be used for a specific job with a specific company. For example, if there is a particular organization you wish to work for and you know there are positions available there, you can send a targeted resume. This allows you to apply for a job without mentioning the actual job opening. This will hopefully make you a leading candidate before the positions are advertised to the public. If the company has several positions you feel you are qualified for, you will need to do a targeted resume for each position.

Next is the chronological resume.

This does just as it sounds. It lists your jobs in chronological order, usually beginning with the most recent job. This resume lists all jobs you have had. It’s a good choice for applicants with many years of experience for a position. This can allow you to stand out to an employer by displaying a growing level of experience and responsibility. By using this resume type, you demonstrate the trust previous employers have put in you.

Another resume type is known as functional.

This one is particularly useful for younger people just entering the job market. Job seekers who have been out of the market for years, such as stay-at-home moms, or applicants who are viewed as over-qualified. Whether you have too much or too little experience, this resume can showcase the talents you used as an intern, volunteer, or student. It may also let you demonstrate how a hobby of yours gave you skills and abilities needed in the particular job. Applicants with perhaps too much experience can show how their experience, then adding dependability and a strong work ethic, can make them the best choice.

The last type of resume is the combination resume.

Job coaches and resume writing services believe this is the best one. It combines the features of the chronological and functional types which make it great. There are two common kinds of combination resumes. One lists the functional achievements and skills first, followed by the employment record in chronological order. The second kind lists the employment history in chronological order, then lists an applicant’s achievements and skills rather than specific duties and responsibilities.

No matter which type of resume you choose, remember its purpose is to act as a sales letter to the employer.  Selling them on you as both a person and employee is the primary focus. Make yourself stand out, and good luck landing your dream job!

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Effective Resumes and Cover Letters: 10 Best Tips

Having effective resumes and cover letters should be at the foundation of any job search. Although not many people take the time for a cover letter, they really should. This shows why you want to be with this company and little more detail about yourself. Here are ten tips for effective resumes and cover letters.

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Effective Resumes and Cover Letters Tips

1. Emphasis on strengths

Don’t be afraid to get into moderate detail about things. It is not enough to say that you work for this one company. Okay, what did you do for this company? What did you learn from that experience? What responsibilities did you take on? This is point where you want to show yourself off. Don’t be to modest and don’t be to cocky. Find the in-between.

2. Attractive, consistent formatting

There are absolutely no set ways in presenting your resume. You can choose any font, any size, and any type of paper you want to use, but you should keep in mind that you are giving this to companies. It is okay to stand out but keep it professional. If you are out to raise eyebrows, make sure those are good looks and not the bad ones. Keep it clean and straight forward.

3. Absolutely no typos

This may seem like a small minor detail to some people, but to others it is a huge deal. So your job does not entail that you must be an English major in the listing but there really is no excuse for error. When you present yourself, you don’t want to make yourself look bad. Spell check everything, even if you think it is perfect. Remember in elementary school when your teacher would make you pass your paper over to the left so the other student could find the errors that you surpassed, yeah, that is what spell check is to you now, the student to the left.

4. Grab the reader from the get-go

Cover letters are very important to have. Not only does it show your interest more, it also opens up a welcoming door into you. Because a cover letter is the first thing anyone sees make sure it is catchy. There will be dozens of other people out there starting there cover letters with ” I am responding to your ad on” and instantly you have hit the snooze button. Try getting creative with out you start your paragraphs. Maybe something like ” My experience in management, customer service, and merchandising would make me a great fit for you.” Don’t be afraid to add a little spice here and there.

5. Avoid passive voice

Many people are not even aware that they are using a passive voice when it comes to writing. It is very important to know the voice of your writing when it is presented to a future employer. Instead of saying ” I earn all my credentials doing my work”, maybe you could say something like ” I have earned many credentials through the course of my work.” See, doesn’t that sound a little better?

6. Don’t be touchy-feely

It is so natural for anyone person to start writing about their feelings. The employer knows that you feel you are the fit, but why. They know you believe this is where you belong, but why?

7. Target the Right Person

Finding the right person to hand and present your resume too is key. That is what makes the difference between the top of the pile and the recycling bin. Instead of starting off your cover letter with “To whom it may concern,” try finding out the name of the person you have to give it to.

8. Avoid Exaggeration

It is always important to sell yourself when all you have talking for you is a piece of paper. Be careful not to over sell yourself. Mainly because if that interview time comes along it will be pretty hard to tell them what you mean by “greatest in all the land,” so avoid over exaggeration.

9. Be Proactive

You have done the first step, now you can sit back and wait, right? Wrong. You won’t get anywhere if you are waiting for the employer to take any action. Show them that this is the job you want. Following up on your resume is one of the key points in landing a job.

10. Keep It Simple

Never send a letter that is over a page long. First of all this will be a waste of both you and the employers time. They won’t read it and you wasted time writing it out to sound nice. The first sentence should catch their attention. Keep it simple, brief, and to the point.

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Elementary Teacher Interview Questions and Answers

Listed below are six common elementary teacher interview questions that you can expect to be asked.  We’ve also included some suggested word for word answers you can use or build off of, if it helps you prepare. Good luck!

Elementary Teacher Interview Questions

What do you need to know in order to begin your lesson planning for a class?

The objective of the lesson guides the planning. I ask myself, “What are students to know, or demonstrate, when the lesson is complete?” Parts of the lesson must build on each other I use suggestions from teacher’s manuals, web research, experience, and workshop information as resources when planning activities for the objectives I wish to accomplish.

Knowing students’ level of interest and understanding of the concept makes choosing appropriate activities easier. The learning styles of students are also taken into consideration when planning the lesson. A method of feedback has to be devised to test whether or not the objective has been mastered.

What key components do you believe you must include in your plan?

· Presentation – Creative introductions break monotony and create an engaging learning environment. Students retain information more readily when it is presented in a manner that catches their interest.

· Logical Sequence of Activities – A logical task sequence prepares students for more effective learning. Useful and appropriate material increases retention possibility. Material arranged in a manner that enhances learning makes grasping and retaining concepts more likely.

· Meet Individual Student Needs – All students do not learn in the same way. Each has a preference of learning that is either visual, auditory or kinesthetic. Activities that meet the needs of all should be part of the lesson plan.

· Method of Assessment – Assessment can be made by observing performance, knowledge, products, or behaviors. It is an ongoing process involving observation and examination of students’ activities. Assessment can be a written quiz or test, an oral explanation, or a demonstration of the objective.

What reading programs do you have experience with?

Listing any reading series that have been used in teaching or student teaching experience belongs on the list. There are also online reading programs that have suggested activities that can be adapted for the classroom. Become familiar with one or more to add to the list. Stating awareness of online or library reading programs that motivate students to read is another suggestion. Do research before filling out an application or questionnaire so that one or more programs can be briefly explained.

What does individualized teaching mean to you?

Individualized instruction is personalized instruction that is tailored to meet preferred learning style and needs of students. The pace of learning, the method, and the content may vary. High-quality instructional materials and less lecture time are common. Individualized is not synonymous with one-to-one learning. Students of similar learning styles and grasp of the concept are grouped.

Learners allowed to progress at their own pace retain more knowledge and waste less time. Those students who grasp concepts quicker are allowed to move on while those needing more time to grasp the concept do not feel pressured to keep the pace of other groups.

Groups can vary each time a different subject or concept is being taught. Areas of strengths can progress rapidly, and areas of weakness can be reinforced with carefully selected materials.

How would you individualize the learning process in your classroom?

Contract learning is a way to provide individualized learning. Meet with individual students to set learning goals. Specific, measurable goals are put into a contract that is made to ensure goals are met.

Layered curriculum is tiered activities that students complete at their own pace and ability. Three levels C, B, and A separate the activities. Students working at each level will receive that grade on an assignment when completed. Level C, completed properly will earn a C for the assignment. A grade of B is earned by completing level C and B work to the teacher’s satisfaction. An A grade requires C, B, and A work to be satisfactorily completed.

Each level has visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities. A list of, perhaps six to nine, options per level are given to students. They are required to complete three of their choice.

Basic assignments are contained in Level C. Level B activities require higher-level thinking. Critical thinking is involved in Level A activities.

Name some ways that a student in a group can show you he has the concept?

Listening to a group discussion allows identification of mastery, problems, and misconceptions. A more concrete method has students complete an exit card at the end of class in which students worked in groups. Students write their names and respond to a question, solve a problem, or summarize understanding of the learning experience. When leaving the classroom, students hand the card to the instructor, deposit in an assigned container, or post in a designated area. Only a few minutes are needed by the teacher to sort the cards into mastered or non-mastered groups.

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Targeted Resume

A targeted resume is a resume that is written specifically for the job that you are applying for. It is tailored to appeal to specific prospective employers. Targeted resumes take time to write but can be very helpful in showcasing skills, experience, and education that pertain to a specific job. Targeted resumes can range from editing a generic resume to catch the attention of a specific employer to actually writing a custom resume for a particular job opportunity.

One of the easiest ways to create a target resume is by adding a summary of qualifications at the top of your generic resume. In your summary you can include the degrees, work experience, and skills that are needed in that position that you are applying for. You can also create an individual target resume for a particular job opportunity. You can reword your resume in a way that all of your skills and previous responsibilities pertain to that job that you are coveting. Job seekers that don’t have time to create a targeted resume for each job that they are applying for can create a targeted cover letter where they showcase relevant skills to their prospective employers. Keep in mind that employers spend a few seconds reviewing your information so make sure you include information that will catch their eye.

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Solution Based Cover Letter

When you’re writing a cover letter always keep in mind the role or position you are applying for. Generally the job that interests you wants to make sure that you as potential employee knows what position you are applying for, what skills you have to offer and how much you know about their company/ organization.

Be specific as possible. This is important. Make sure that your cover letter is exclusively for the specific job description. In the first paragraph,enthuse the employer about how well you know about their company. You should mention what position you are applying for, and state in a convincing way that you would like to be considered for an interview.

In the next paragraph describe what you have to offer to this specific job. Use examples of your skills that will apply to the demands of the role or position being offered. Be clear and concise in your description. In the final paragraph thank the employer for taking the time out to consider your cover letter, include information that you will follow up via phone or email. End with “complimentary close”, your name and the word “Attached” for your resume to be considered. Good luck.