10 Costly Mistakes Commonly Made By Teaching Candidates

MistakeBy Joel O’Brien

At the surface level, the job search process appears fairly basic in terms of submitting a resume and cover letter.  However, there are additional underlying factors evaluated by administrators during the job search process. As a result, candidates unknowingly make costly mistakes that eliminate them from consideration. Below are 10 mistakes routinely made by teaching candidates during the job search, as reported by Wisconsin school administrators.

  • Answering questions dishonestly/omitting criminal background violations and misrepresenting certification and licensure qualifications.
  • Making a one generic cover letter that you submit for all teaching positions.
  • Inserting “see resume” when filling out application questions.
  • Failing to proofread or update job application materials.
  • Using unprofessional email addresses (e.g., cooldude@hotmail.com).
  • Going into an interview without first researching the school district(s).
  • Submitting resume without including or describing student teaching experience.
  • Dressing casual for interviews or career fairs (Dress for Success- Suit is best option).
  • Posting inappropriate information on social media.
  • Including academic buzz words without concrete examples / understanding of concepts.
  • Failing to follow-up with employers after an interview (Send Thank You Note/Email).

Hopefully you are now more aware of the criteria utilized by school administrators to evaluate teaching candidates and can avoid making these mistakes yourself.

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