What Are They Looking For?

Nancy Anderson
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One of the questions most people looking for a teaching position ask is what is the school or principal looking for in a new teacher? What are the traits that are the focal point when it comes to getting that teaching job? Well, let's look at some of the answers that come from those in the field.

Obviously, your actual teaching skills are one of the key points, but this consists of not only your past experience and references, but how much training you have had, and where you received your training. Having a BA and a completed teaching credential is suggested also.

Aside from just your teaching skills and training, they will also be looking for someone with good communication skills. I have seen some of the most intelligent people who are lousy speakers/teachers. Teachers who cannot connect well with students through teaching techniques as well as good written and verbal skills will not be very successful in this field. Plus, depending on where you secure a position, you may be required to teach to students from multiple cultural backgrounds. Some tips that can speak volumes about your communication skills include errors on your resume as well as your speech during the interview. Stuttering, saying "um" etc. can show a weaker skill in communicating.

Another great aspect that employers look highly upon is a teacher who is not satisfied with sitting on their accomplishments, but for one that is a continual learner. Do you have a degree and that is it, or do you continue in your education, learning and applying new techniques and applying new technology to your skills set? Those type of teachers win over the ones that have acquired a degree and are satisfied to go no further. Don't let your skills become stagnant, keep learning, keep applying new things to your skills.

Emotional control is a point that may weigh heavily in their decision. Are you able to work under high stress situations? Do you lose your cool with students? Or are you able to control yourself and push through stressful situation to overcome the issue? You may be asked to give an example of a stressful situation you have encountered in the past, and explain your conflict resolution philosophy.

How is your attitude? How does your attitude come across on your resume and cover letter? Are you a real-life view of the grumpy old schoolmarm portrayed in the old movies - ruler in hand ready to smack down on anyone even slightly getting out of line? Or do you portray an attitude of control, confidence and strong desire to train others and reach the students.

These are some of the things that you can concentrate on making strong points for your interview.

Jeff McCormack resides in Virginia Beach, VA. where he works as a web designer by day. In his off time he is a husband, father, mail order book store manager, and musician. Aside from being a freelance writer for this Education Jobsite blog, he also seeks to assist in career choices and information by contributing to other Nexxt blog sites.


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