USC Career Services: Tips for Applying to Teaching Positions

Anita Singh is the Career Counselor for USC Rossier students. She is from New Jersey, is a MAT graduate, and is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Commencement is finally here, which means that many people will be focused on their job search. If you are looking for job opportunities, I am here to help you with your resume, cover letter, job search and preparing for interviews. Even if you are not scheduled to graduate this May, I can still help you; it’s never too early to start thinking about your career.

To help everyone prepare for a successful job search, here are some tips:

Use the brand new Career Services Course

The newest feature on 2SC, the Career Services Prep Course will be available later this month to all students and alumni. This is a great place to look for tools and resources, including a sample resume, sample cover letter, interviewing strategies and social media applications.

Showcase your teaching ability by creating a video resume

To create your own video resume, log into 2SC and click on the “Portfolio” tab, then click on the “Resume” tab on the right-hand side of the page. Next, include teaching videos, your resume, lesson plans and anything else you think would help showcase your teaching abilities. Finally, click on “Publish Resume” and you will then be given a personalized URL that you should include on your resume and cover letter.

Think outside of the box when applying for positions

There are many education resources that you can use in your job search. TESOL International is a place to find TESOL job opportunities throughout the world. myEDmatch is a new online professional network exclusively for the education community. You can apply for opportunities directly through their website. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools also maintains a database of charter school jobs.

Display your strengths

Remember to tailor your cover letter to the specific position to which you are applying. Highlight two or three of your teaching strengths and describe specific experiences that showcase these assets. Do some research about where the position is located, and include why you are interested in that particular school or organization.

Don’t be afraid to reach out

Contact principals and recruiters via email with your cover letter and resume (unless the application specifically instructs you not to do so). Become a part of a community by substitute teaching, volunteering, coaching or tutoring. By building a relationship with a school, you will be able to get your foot in the door.

Congratulations to all of the USC Rossier graduates! I am so proud of each and every graduate and all of your hard work. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for help.

Fight On!

Anita Singh

USC Career Services Coordinator | Tel: 240-487-3964 | Email: Anita Singh