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Job Seeker Holiday Hints

By AAEE — December 13, 2007 1 min read

It is tempting to spend all our time during the holidays eating and sleeping (at least it is tempting to me!). For the education job seeker, however, this is a time when you can do some things that might enhance your search. While I have a list of several, I will share only a couple.

First, if you are conducting a long-distance search, this might be a time for you to visit your potential new location. It takes a little bit of planning ahead and scheduling on your part, but it can certainly pay off, especially for the candidate who is currently a student. Keeping in mind that those of us in the “real world” (if there is such a thing) go back to work after New Year’s Day, the remaining two weeks or so that you are on break provide an opportunity for you to visit and scope out the area.

It is likely possible for you to set up some screening interviews with schools in your targeted area. When you have identified districts in which you wish to pursue employment, call the human resources offices, let them know when you will be in their area, and ask to set up an interview. Many will welcome the opportunity to meet a candidate, particularly if you teach in a field that is in demand in that locale.

Another thing to keep in mind is the after-holiday sale. Most of us could always use new professional attire, and the after-holiday sales present an opportunity to purchase clothing at bargain prices. Think about what you will need for your interviews and what you will need for the classroom. Most of us recommend that you interview in a suit (more on this another day) but you may want slightly more casual wear for teaching. The after-holiday sales provide an excellent opportunity for “wardrobe enhancement” in both areas.

Bon appétit!

--Kent McAnally,
Director of Career Services,
Washburn University

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