University of Vermont

Plan for Finding a Teaching Job

While this timeline is a guide to assist you in organizing your job search process, variations are likely and may be necessary. Make an appointment with the CESS Liaison in Career Center to discuss your individual job search plan.

September – February

  • Begin defining career goals by determining the types, sizes, and geographic locations of possible schools in which you would like to teach.
  • Use the directories available to you at Career Center, on the Internet, and at the CESS Student Services office to develop a list of possible schools.
  • Start developing your resume, cover letters, and portfolio.
  • Meet with the CESS liaison to discuss your resume and job search.
  • Keep your advisor updated on your post-graduation plans and use them as a resource.
  • Identify references and ask them to prepare letters of recommendation. (If you are student teaching spring semester you may have to wait until then.)
  • Begin networking with friends, relatives, faculty, supervising teachers, and other appropriate people. Inform them of the types of positions you are seeking. Give them a copy of your resume for their reference.
  • Determine testing and licensure requirements for the state you wish to teach in as well as Vermont. Be aware of and prepare for any licensing tests you may have to take for your certification.
  • Research school systems to which you wish to apply. Use the Internet, school publications, and your network.
  • Attend “From Candidate to Teacher: An Alumni Panel” and any career-related workshops for education majors.

March – April

  • Begin applying for positions. Send completed applications, resumes, cover letters, references, and any required additional information directly to the school or through a service Web site such as SchoolSpring.
  • Send information packets including your resume, a cover letter and letters of recommendation to school systems that you are interested in even if they do not have vacancies.
  • Remember that your cover letter for each application should be unique and targeted to that position or school.
  • Attend the annual “From Candidate to Teacher: How To Get Hired” panel – this is a chance to hear from and speak directly to principals, superintendents and other hiring officials about their hiring procedures and decisions.
  • Consider teacher placement agencies if interested in teaching in private schools. Verify that the employer assumes all costs for the service.
  • Set up a mock-interview with the CESS Liaison at Career Center to practice and strengthen interview skills, check out to review sample interview (general and education/teaching) questions.
  • Update resume, cover letter, and portfolio.

April – May

  • Begin interviewing and attending teacher recruitment fairs; remember to follow up with thank you letters.
  • Maintain communication with your network of contacts and follow up with school systems of interest.
  • Monitor the job vacancy listings available through Career Center, in newspapers, and on various websites.

June – August

  • Continue all the steps of job searching. Update your resume and cover letter if necessary.
  • Follow-up on any steps needed for licensure.
  • Begin evaluating job offers. Evaluate each one carefully. Ask for more time to consider offers if necessary.
  • Accept the offer that is best for you. Notify all those associated with your search, including all employers with whom you have active applications, network contacts, and references, to tell them of your acceptance and that you have concluded your job search.
  • Contact the CESS liaison to inform them of where you have accepted a position.

August – September

  • Begin your new job!
  • If still available for employment, contact Career Center to discuss options.
  • Continue to look for openings as these can come up at any time throughout the year and consider looking for positions as a teaching assistant or substitute teacher to gain experience.

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