Steps for a Successful Job Search
Target your job search and follow the timeline below to guide you.
Where in Texas would you like to begin your career? Begin your search by researching school districts
online and comparing salary schedules, professional development opportunities and student programs. A
district’s salary schedule information is usually on its website under Employment. You can also visit www.thebestteachintexas.org for a listing of available teaching positions in Texas.
To find a school district’s website, follow these steps:
- Visit the Texas Education Agency Web page that links to education service center (ESC) websites across Texas,
www.tea.state.tx.us/ESC. Click on the area of the state that
- Look for a listing of school districts. Visit the sites of districts that interest you.
- Locate the district's employment or hiring section, and follow given instructions.
Timeline for Your Job Search
months before graduation/certification
• Update your resume, including your recent volunteer work.
• Take your resume to education job fairs and university career expos. Education service centers (ESCs)
typically hold job fairs in the spring and summer.
• Create a
• Research and review the application process for the school districts where you might want to work.
Note application deadlines on your daily calendar.
techniques with a friend.
• Request job interview tips from your campus career center.
• Join a professional
association such as ATPE. Teacher-trainee members are protected by
ATPE’s professional liability insurance and employment
rights defense benefits.* ATPE membership also provides networking opportunities with Texas
educators and administrators, leadership training and professional development opportunities. ATPE
membership sends the message to employers you are an active member of the education community who
independently seeks professional development.
• Collect items for your portfolio from your student teaching.
Tip: Pictures of your students actively engaged in learning bring your work alive for potential
• Include in your portfolio long-term unit plans, a daily lesson plan and information about faculty
or staff development meetings you’ve attended. Include comments from your mentors and co-workers.
• Start interviewing! You’ll find the right job for you.
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