Professional Job Seekers Wanted

In my current role, as well as my former role as a principal, I participate in many interview panels for various positions. I am always amazed at the level of preparation evident (or not evident) during interviews. I have been keeping a running list of the advice I wish to give job seekers. Before applying for a new job or entering an interview, here are my top tips:

  • Do your research! Get to know the position/ site/ district. With all the resources available online these days, there is no excuse not to know the basics.
  • Read the actual job description. Seriously. Be prepared to demonstrate how you are qualified for the specific job to which you are applying.
  • Personalize your letter of introduction so it appears you actually know the job/ school/ district and you didn’t just fill in a few blanks on a form letter.
  • Ensure that your letters of recommendation are as current as possible and are relevant to the position to which you are applying.
  • Know your strengths and be able to articulate them.
  • Provide details- don’t assume we know exactly what you mean, even if you are using a common acronym, phrase, or idea.
  • Always have a question and/or a final statement about yourself prepared.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Express your passion for the work!
  • Make it clear that you are a learner and listener (and not an expert in all areas!) as well as a leader.
  • Demonstrate why you want the job with well-chosen words and actions.

I’ve seen a number of other posts pop up recently, as the season of changing jobs approaches. What advice would you give to potential employees hoping to join your team?

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Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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4 Responses to Professional Job Seekers Wanted

  1. mieshawhite says:

    Reblogged this on Miesha's Moment and commented:
    Some else’s opinion on Interview Preparation

  2. kramer797 says:

    It’s so stressful to go on an interview. It helps to hear the perspective of the interviewer. I liked your comment about keeping letters of recommendation current. How many letters do you like to see? Thankfully, I’m not looking for a new job, but I want to stash this info for a rainy day.

    • Thank you for reading and stashing! I don’t think of letters as quantity, but quality. The more I read, the better I am able to read between the lines. I appreciate letters that can attest to observed strengths in authentic ways, not sounds bites.

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