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Have You Booked Your Teacher Resume Review Yet?!?

Hi y’all! For those of you in the South, I hope that your first week of school was positive and everything that you hoped it would be. For my readers in the North and the West, I hope that the remaining days of your summer vacation are delightful. I’ve been busy this summer with creative projects and also working directly with a number of teachers through my Resume Review Service. For a consulting fee, I work with teachers and- many other professionals- who want additional support beyond the teacher resume tips I provided in Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream Job. In these review sessions, I give personalized feedback on resume formatting, structure, and content so you can […]

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Tell Me Your Teacher Job Interview Questions & Win A Personal Resume Consultation

UPDATE: Congrats to the winners!! Help me write my next book! I am writing a sequel to Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream Job about job interviews. At the top of this post, you’ll find a picture of my current planning board for the book so you can see the topics I am planning on delving into, as well as some notes on funny stories about teacher interviews I can’t wait to tell. To move forward on the project, I’m looking for feedback from teachers! If you complete my short survey about what questions you have about job interviewing and some demographic information, you can be entered into a contest to win […]

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Diversity Teacher Recruitment

Check out DRP’s Annual Teacher Career Guide!

Hey y’all! In case you missed it, Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream Job was featured on the cover of Diversity Recruitment Partners in Education Annual Teacher Career Guide. I also have a Top 5 Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter list on page 27.     You can read a courtesy issue here and find subscription information here. Diversity Recruitment Partners in Education’s magazine distributes over 25,000 copies to over 450 colleges and universities.

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Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Presentation

Update: Presentation Slides For #WWF2014 Participants

Hi y’all! Last week, I had the privilege to work with STEM fellows from the Woodrow Wilson National Teaching Fellowship Foundation in Chicago, IL on career management issues as part of their national conference. I’ve worked with the foundation for four years and it’s such a honor. This year, the Fellows will impact over 90,000 students under resourced communities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and New Jersey. They’re soon coming to my home state of Georgia, which makes me ecstatic! Both my workshops were oversubscribed, but here are the slides. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or tweet me.     Getting It All Done: The Teacher Edition from Tracy Brisson       Becoming a […]

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Teacher Summer Resources

Tracy’s Tips: Teacher Summer Resources!

Happy summer! If you have just completed a year in the classroom- congratulations! I hope that you take some time to enjoy the beach. If you’re on the job search for a fall position, don’t give up! Stay centered and keep on until you get the result you want. I am also taking some time this summer to regroup and breathe and have some extremely exciting things to announce in July. Stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some teacher resources that have come my way that I’d like to share. 1. Cleaning Up Your Digital Footprint as a Jobseeker I found this great infographic that details clear steps jobseekers should take regarding their social media profiles before applying to jobs. I’ve blogged before about […]

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Use iDoneThis to write your educator resume

Tracy’s Tips: How to Use IDoneThis to Write a Teacher Resume

Here’s a new addition to my teacher resume tips! If you’ve updated your teacher resume recently, you likely found it hard to recall all the recent accomplishments that you wanted to consider for new resume content. In my free toolkit, 5 Steps for Constructing Amazing Resume Bullets, I provide some journaling templates to help you collect and analyze your work history. However, the best advice I can give to you is to actively record your great work accomplishments every day. My favorite tool for managing this activity is the free tool IDoneThis. How to use IDoneThis to Write Your Teacher Resume in Four Steps 1. Sign up for IDoneThis. Ask it to send you an email each day asking you to reply with what you accomplished. […]

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Your recent college graduate matters

Sorry, Recent Graduate: Your GPA WILL Impact Your Job Search

Dear recent college graduate: It’s almost graduation season and everyone on the internet is trying to give you advice on what really matters when you’re trying to find your first job. I am going to be one of those people. It’s innovative these days to blog about how your GPA doesn’t matter anymore when you’re applying to jobs. About a year ago, a senior vice president of people operations for Google, Lazlo Block, gave an interview to the New York Times on how their hiring process has changed, specifically how they paid less attention to things like degrees, credentials, test scores and GPAs, and it made people on the internet very, very excited. Bloggers, experts and others used it to declare […]

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Reference check advice for teacher jobs

Tracy’s Tips: 4 Steps for Managing Your Job Search Reference Check

This content originally appeared in our newsletter in November 2013. Want first dibs on tips, invitations to free events, and access to job postings? Sign up here. I’ve recently seen a number of reference checks tank teachers’ job searches. The principal was super psyched about a teacher… and then something was said during a reference check that wasn’t just right. These teachers are often feel confused because their references were people they trusted. Unfortunately the plain truth is that many people are jerks, but sometimes it’s simple miscommunication and in 90% of cases, you can prevent this from happening. Here are four tips for getting great references. 1. Tell your references that they’re on your reference list. Duh. And if you know someone is […]

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social media for educators with schoolspring

Updates: Upcoming Webinar on Social Media, New Medium Post

Hey y’all. Just a quick mid-week update on some goings-on… 1. You’re invited to join me on a free webinar with SchoolSpring on Thursday, March 13th at 7:15PM. SchoolSpring is hosting me as a guest expert and I’ll be reviewing my recommendations on what to do- and what NOT to do- on social media as an educator. Here’s the registration link– spots are limited. 2. I have a new blog post on Medium on #ResistTFA and the Teaching Profession from the perspective as a teacher recruiter and an alumna of Teach for America if you’d like to read it. I think everyone who prepares to begin a career in something they love should be supported by the institutions they trust, […]

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LinkedIn Top 10 Overused Buzzwords for teacher resumes

Hush Up, LinkedIn: Choosing Words for Your Teaching Resume

  Every year, LinkedIn comes out with a list of the most common overused “buzzwords” they’ve found on members’ profiles in a given year. 2013 was no exception. As someone who thinks geekily about labor and career trends, I’m really interested in the changes over time. Isn’t it fascinating that “experimental” has gone away in favor of “strategic?” What does that say about us? And is it bad that I love the way this trend is heading? But every December and January, career bloggers love to cover this attention-grabbing press release and convert it into hard fast rules for people on how they choose words for their resume or LinkedIn profile. Never use “track record.” Use a thesaurus before choosing […]

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