There are many cutting-edge careers awaiting history majors once they graduate. If you are looking to become an educator, you could be working in middle school or high school classrooms. If you earned an MA, you might even get to teach general education courses.
But, of course, you need to find the job first! Here are ten tips that might just make your application stand out:
- Network, network, network. It’s still the best way to get a job! Do you know an educator who enjoys their position? Find out why and see if you can get a reference.
- Build up your social media profile. These days, a strong presence on social media can help you network and grow professionally, whereas those pictures of you chugging beer at that wild party might send up warning flags.
- Keep in the loop. Some private schools post open positions on Facebook or announce them on Twitter. “Follow” or “like” these entities to keep up on their hiring needs.
- Get your licenses and accreditation. Even if you are applying for private schools, having your proper certification can sweeten the deal.
- Build an online portfolio. Don’t just talk about the work you’ve done – show it off! Sites like WordPress also give you the opportunity to lay out your teaching philosophy and classroom strategies.
- Spend some time on each cover letter and resume. Not all schools are looking for exactly the same thing in a teacher. Go through the job description and make a compelling case for yourself.
- Go in person and shake some hands. If the individual making hiring decisions can put a face to your name, so much the better.
- Play up your digital media experience. As more and more schools begin to integrate technology in the classroom, your computer and mobile device skills will become more of an asset.
- Substitute first. If you are struggling to find a full-time position right off the bat, try substitute teaching, volunteering, or taking a low-level administration position. It will connect you with schools, build up your visibility, and get you real-world experience.
- Prepare like crazy for the interview. Finally got that phone call? Terrific! But don’t blow off preparing for the interview. Prepare a short statement on yourself, answers to common interview questions, and do research on the organization ahead of time.
- Are you a teacher? Do you have any recommendations to add to this list? Leave a comment below and let us know!