Education Opinion

Getting to Know You

By B.J. Bryant — December 20, 2006 1 min read
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To the reader who commented anonymously on the difficulty of getting administration positions. You are correct in many items you bring out in your posting. It’'s so true that grades, GPAs, etc. etc. do not guarantee employment in education or in educational administration. It sounds like you were willing to make the changes in districts and positions in order to pursue what you wanted. Another comment made me think of what I used to say to education graduates at Ohio State when I worked there: “It’s Who You Know” --- but in a positive, proactive way. No employer is going to hire someone he or she does not “know,” so either they are going to know applicants ahead of time (through referrals, collegial acquaintances, social contacts) or they will get to know them during the interview process. So, approach #1 would be: get to know as many people in education as possible; join local or state associations; discreetly let people know that you would love to move on into a position in ___________. Then approach #2 would be: reflect, research and plan for outstanding interviewing.

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