Am I loony?

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  1. TheConspiracy

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    I'm sure anyone who knows me would say a resounding "YES!"

    But on other "losing my mind" avenues, I am preparing my stuffage for the upcoming job fair for my local district. I have a snappy resume that has been nitpicked by numerous. I have my reference letters, my cover letter and several other do-dads I would like people to see in order to distinguish myself from the herd.

    So- since I feel that I need a lot of distinguishing (I am a career changer with a low GPA, so I think I need all the help I can get) I want the people I meet with to see the things I have lined up to show how snazzy I am and make them drool over the prospect of hiring me.

    Well, rather than bombaring people with 500 pieces of paper, Idecided to head to my local office-rippo and buy a package or clear front report covers to put everything in. My thought process is that I will look well organized and when they browse the stack of single resumes, they will see my little doo-mahicky standing out winking at them.

    So, rather than having a cover letter on the top (since this is hardly eye-catching) I found a nice little graphic on-line for free of a teacher;s desk with books on it that is intended as a cover page for a teacher's portfolio.

    My thought is that I put my name and addy on this keen little graphic as the cover page. Now, I know it isn't "professional" but the graphic is well done and I think it will show that I am creative as well as professional (thereby planting the seed that I am an innovative thinker).

    My mother thinks this is a very bad idea.

    Inside my thingy-maggigie, I wanted to include (in this order):

    1) Cover sheet
    2) Cover Letter
    3) Resume
    4) Reference Letters
    5) Teaching Philosophy (motto, mission statement, whatever)
    6) Degree Conference Letter (in place of transcripts since I don't have my official transcripts yet)


    What do you all think? Am I losing my mind? Is this the bad, bad idea my mother is telling me that it is?

    Lemme know.
    ~J
     
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  3. jd019

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    You are NOT crazy! I went to a job fair and made up 10 mini portfolios, basically, the same idea you are thinking of. I gave these 10 to my top choices and gave everyone else regular paper copies. Yesterday I got a phone call from a principal that said "I have looked through a ton of resumes and I really loved yours because it stood out". You have to stand out to even get a second glance! Just make sure that you do not go overboard with the artsy crafty side. Make it professional but make it you! I have heard nothing but good things when people create these. Good Luck
     
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    I think it's eye catching, and I'm sure you will get noticed.
     
  5. TheConspiracy

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    Here is the sample cover page...

    Lemme know if you think it is too artsy.

    [​IMG]

    This is the only graphic I have - except I have one little apple next to "Teaching Philosophy" on that page. I didn't go nuts with the stuff. I just wanted a cover that stands out - but does so nicely.
     
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    I like it. It's not too overwhelming.
     
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    I agree, it looks good!
     
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    I think it looks good, too.

    Another thing you might want to consider is handing out a few of the more important pieces of paper and including an electronic portfolio (on cd).
     
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    If you are lucky, you are loony. It is a great excuse for everything.

    I am usually against doing anything unusual to make yourself standout. Your qualifications should do the job for you. And unusual presentations can backfire. But I think what you are considering is just fine and may work for you.
     
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    I agree. And I think that anything which makes things easier for administrators-- like the packet you're describing-- is a good thing.
     
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    Thanks everyone!

    It makes me feel more confident to know that what I am doing won't make me look like I am an idiot. :)

    I think that I am in desperate need of a little edge - and I think that it is okay (perhaps) to do something that sets me apart as long as the look is still professional.

    So I guess I can send the big "neener neener" to my mom. :love:

    ~J
     
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    I think it's a bit much (sorry)--personally I'd leave out 1, 5 & 6. When employers have huge piles of papers to go through (like at/after a job fair) they want to get right to the chase and don't want to mess with extra stuff. I wouldn't want to wade through extra paper to find what I'm looking for (the resume). I'm also a little unsure of the plastic cover. Those things slide out of stacks and can be annoying. I know you want to stand out--do that at the job fair. Good luck!;)
     
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    Where did you find the graphic? I am working on my portfolio over the summer and really like this idea. Is there a website with these graphics that can be downloaded?
     
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    Lemme see if I can find the website again. If not I can just upload the plain graphic to this site. But I know the site I pulled it from had lots of graphics and stuff for setting up a portfolio.

    ~J
     
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    In the same vein with the graphic, do you think it would be OK to use decorative paper you would purchase for your printer as long as it has a clear school or teaching theme? I have seen some really nice ones I might want to use.
     

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