By Andrew Wilson
Are you an educator who is between jobs or finding a job that suits your qualification? The Internet has penetrated almost every aspect of human life. It has proven to be a most effective and efficient resource in finding jobs including online education jobs.
1. Be right there; go online. You can’t find a teaching job online if you will not make it a point to go online to access websites that post education-focused job boards online.
2. Create an online presence. It is best to have accounts in the social media and forums to have an online presence. Certain sites allow you to establish your profession and links that can yield job opportunities and information. Establish your online presence in the degree you desire to teach by publishing online articles, blogs, and participation in professional online communities in relation to academia will enhance your resume.
3. Find out where to look. Even if you go online everyday if you do not know what websites to use or visit, it is also unlikely that you will find the kind of jobs you want. You can start your search by using aggregate sites; then learn the ways to narrow down the choices of search sites.
4. Be ready with an impressive resume. Prepare a resume that can grab the attention of interviewers and administrators. Make sure your resume contains substantial information; highlight the part that is pertinent to the position being applied for. This is the first “line of defense”; if you manage to get the employer’s attention, then you stand a good chance to be interviewed for possible hiring.
5. Refine your skills for the interview. There is much that the employer can know about you during the interview. There are some basic things you should know about interviews to give your interviewers a good impression. Know more about the institution you are applying to. Do your homework; find out about the school’s history and philosophy, their course offerings and the vacant position. Show professionalism with the way you present yourself - the way you talk and dress up. Come on time and be sure to put your best foot forward.
6. Master basic technical skills. If you will be teaching online or at least use it to reinforce teaching, giving of instructions and assignments, it is important to be adept with the use of the computer and the Internet.
7. Highlight your speaking and writing attributes. There is a strong need to be able to speak and write well in the online teaching environment. There is a regular need to give feedback and instruction as well as lectures, discussions, assignments, and so many other kinds of interactive activities.
8. Prepare letters of recommendations, a teaching philosophy, a sample of a syllabus you have created, and your academic transcripts. Your employer might just ask for these during the interview, so be sure to have these ready before you start applying.
Online recruitment activity has significantly grown in most industries in the United States and everywhere else in this world. There are many jobs being advertised online, and many more are discovering the speed by which employers are reaching qualified applicants this way. Many job seekers are also getting hired because of these online postings. With these successes, more and more employers and job seekers are converging online to satisfy each other’s need. Teachers who are in need of online education jobs are no different.