your way to stand out

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  1. Mrs.Z.

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    Just curious....Do you have one?
    The portfolio: I thought it was the BIGGEST waste of time in my program that they MADE us make one, but I will tell you, it got me my first job (and the one have now too)

    BIG TIP* What sets you apart from the masses? If they interview 10 people, how will they remember you?

    After I was 'laid off' (forced to resign) last year, I made a PowerPoint presentation about myself and my teaching theory, practice, website, examples of schedules, homework. I showed this at the first interview I had, and got the job!!!!!

    Find something to stand out! Good luck- I know its really ugly out there, but if you stick with it, you're sure to succeed!!!
     
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  3. Suburban Gal

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    I just got PowerPoint and am learning to use that. I think it'd be time consuming to do a PP for an interview. But hey, if it works, it works! Right?

    I've made a Teacher Brochure and am trying to use that to stand out. I've had a few interviewers take a close look at it so far and had it go over really well at an interview last Friday for a computer (technology) assistant. If I get the offer in a few weeks, then I'm definitely going to be crediting it to the Teacher Brochure.

    I plan on taking the Teacher Brochure with me to a job fair on March 7th in an effort to try and secure something for the '09-'10 school year. Hopefully, it'll turn some heads there.
     
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    Mrs.Z, that is a great idea! Did you show them the PP during the interview or did you copy it onto a disk and leave it with them?
     
  5. Mrs.Z.

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    I did it during. It gave me control of the whole interview, instead of having to answer their questions on the spot, I was able to prepare things I was really comfortable and at ease talking about. In fact, they had me stay for a second interview THAT DAY with the executive director.
     
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    I never did one of those portfolios. My school evidently recommended that we do them, but no one told me about them until my last semester. Bah.

    It didn't matter much. I'm licensed in a very uncommon subject area for which there are more jobs than licensed teachers. I didn't have any trouble finding a job--I just waited for the one that was right for me.

    I do like those little brochures though. I think they're cute and I'd totally remember the person who gave me one if I were doing the interviewing.
     
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    MrsZ, another question for you....did you ask them to have a computer set up because you had the PP? I think this is a great way to stand out, and show your technology skills and would really love to put one together.

    What kinds of things did you include?

    Thanks for all your help.
     
  8. DaniNY

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    i really like the pp idea as well. Did you play it after they asked you to tell them about yourself or did you just start it once you walked in?

    As for the brochure idea, what was included on that?

    I usually hand out a folder at interviews with recommendation letters, a copy of my cover and resume and teacher cert, but a brochure sounds more appealing.
     
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    The Teacher Bruchure will always have credentials, certificatiions, and specialized training (if any). As for the est of what's in it, that's completely up to you and what you decide to put in it or leave out of it. I'm always open to sharing mine. Just PM me.
     
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    I'm also to hear how you showed your PP. I think that is a neat idea! But, I'm just thinking how that would work. I have my own laptop I could bring but then how would I show the PP so that all could see. And, do I just whip it out? Anyhoo, I am also interested to hear how that worked.

    I will be pink slipped next month, so I will have to start updating resumes and stuff, YUCK!!!, just in case I don't get into the university.

    One way that I stood out was by answering each question with a personal story, if I could. The last interview I went to, I blanked on ALL of the lesson planning questions (like, what are the four key components to a lesson plan??????), but I was able to answer the other questions about behavior management (what would you do in the situation), how do you meet student needs, etc. So, for these, I shared a story. I think that's what helped. Plus, I was totally honest and passionate, which I think they saw. I thought I bombed the interview, but I was hired!
     
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    The PP sounds like a really good stand out; sounds like a good idea to bring your laptop.
     
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    I think the best way to stand out is to show links to the school or the district. If they believe that you really want to work for them it can make a difference (at least where I live).
     
  13. Mrs.Z.

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    Yeah I actually brought my laptop (that was on loan from my school district that was laying me off)- worked well!
     
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    I just went through this. I have taught 4 years all at the same school I student taught in. So when I was hired there really wasn't an interview.
    I decided this year to spread my wings and try the whole application, interview thing. I am looking for a better district, more investment in teachers, etc.

    I made a brochure, finished my master's and cert for reading specialist and MRT. I also made a portfolio. I am convinced that the brochure helped me land an interview at a job fair. Then at the interview, my portfolio did it for me! I had my previous PDAS appraisals (which are great). the principal and ap sat there for 5 minutes reading my entire PDAS and looking at pictures from lessons. I got the offer the very next day!!!!
     
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    Congrats, so what will you be teaching next year?
     
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    Hello,

    I'm a long time lurker, but am delurking because I'm trying to figure out the whole brochure thing. I've started on one, but would love to see an example. (I'm sure mine could be MUCH better!) I can't figure out how to send a PM to Suburban Gal. Can anyone help out a newbie? And I'm sorry for my ignorance!!
     
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    I'll send you my brochure if you pm me your e-mail address. Just click the dot next to my name and you'll get an option to pm me.
     
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    Well funny thing I now have 2 offers.
    I currently teach 1st grade. the job I was offered at the interview is kinder and another school in my current district offered me 4th.

    go figure!
     
  19. DHE

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    which one are you leaning toward?
     
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    Suburban_Gal is no longer a member cate.

    I would lean towards the 4th grade!! But that's just me. ;)
     
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    I have a brochure, my portfolio and a PP printed out and I give a copy on a disc. The interview that I went on Wednesday absolutely loved my brochure and the PP printed. They liked the portfolio. I find out tomorrow if I got the job.
     
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    txmom-I hope that you get the job
     
  23. Mommatothebear

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    What information do you have on your power point? That sounds like a very compelling way to present yourself. I know powerpoint really well, but I wouldn't know what things to put on there?
    I would guess:
    highlights of your credentials
    Summary of classroom management plan
    ... what else?
     
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    does someone have a copy of the brochure? could we see your PPT, too?
     
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    This may sound weird, but while I don't think I stand out too much on paper, I think I do in person. And I think I stand out because I, well, don't try so much. Is that ok to say?

    I have a good personality, and I let it show. I know what I'm talking about and I answer questions with what I really think - I've never prepared for interview questions beforehand. I'm sure my answers are never perfect, but heck, I'm answering questions about myself and my teaching style to "future coworkers", and I believe honestly and sincerity shines through whatever words you use. Last year, I only got one school interview, and got the job. This year, I only had one interview, and also got the job.

    But then again, I realize that I teach high school math, so this may be giving me an advantage, as math is a higher need area and most high school math teachers are not young and female. So I may not really know what I'm talking about. :)
     

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