On April 25, 2012, I attended National Louis' Urban Educators' Panel panel. The panel, comprised primarily of Chicago Public School Principals, had many job finding tips for newly certified teachers seeking a teaching job in Chicago Public Schools. Here are a few of the strategies the panel suggested:
When Applying For Jobs:
- Do not only apply on through the CPS portal. Call the school clerk and ask how principals like to receive resumes (email, in person, or by mail). Send resumes directly to principals at specific schools.
- When sending your resume, address it to the principal. Do not send it to “To Whom It May Concern.”
- Polish your resume. This is your “first impression.”
- Get your face out there: volunteer with school clubs, special events, etcetera at schools where you may want to work.
Going In For The Interview:
- Do your homework: research the school where you are interviewing so you can have an informed conversation and are able to ask educated questions.
- Have a portfolio of material that you have created. Do not get lesson plans off of the web, your interviewers will be able to tell.
- Try to relax. Your interviewers want to get to know the real you.
- Remember, you are also interviewing the school. Ask questions to determine if the school is a good fit for you.