The teacher job-market news has been pretty grim lately. With many states looking to close gaping budget deficits, schools districts across the country are facing cutbacks. Word of planned teacher layoffs in a number of districts has seeped into the headlines.
Yet a number of converse patterns are also apparent. Many districts are scrambling to hire more “highly qualified” teachers to meet a new federal mandate. Demographic data still suggest a growing need for qualified teachers in many areas. And, most interestingly, there are reports of aggressive recruiting efforts taking place even as pink slip notices go out.
It seems clear that the teacher job market hasn’t tanked. It’s just become more selective. Here are some ways, based on recent interviews and reports, you can help your chances.