Looking for work after 50 is often challenging, and the field of education is one of the more difficult careers to land. Often, there is a perception that younger teachers can offer a fresh perspective in classrooms. An older, more mature teacher has experiences that can translate into many learning possibilities. The keys to landing a teaching position after turning 50 are being relevant in today's world and marketing yourself.
Things You'll Need
Renew your skills and take necessary tests. Get certified for the area in which you wish to apply. The more certifications you have, the more likely you are to obtain a teaching position. Check for subject areas in which there are teacher shortages in particular and obtain certificates in those areas in particular. Take online classes to further your education as necessary.
Update your resume. Look online for resume writing resources that will help you to use the correct wording and highlight skills that will increase your chances of being hired. Include everything pertinent to the position for which you are applying, including any experience you have had in the field of education to date. It is sometimes beneficial to have multiple resumes for different teaching positions.
Take technology classes. Computer and technology skills make you a more viable candidate for a teaching position since multimedia is an integral part of the today's classroom. Check with your local college or technical schools to find out if there are classes, you might take that will increase your technical knowledge.
Go shopping with younger friends. Have them recommend clothing, hair and makeup styles that will help you to appear younger. Look for professional but youthful clothing for interviewing purposes. You will be less likely to secure a teaching job after 50 if your appearance is outdated.
Substitute teach in local schools in which you desire to work. Make yourself known to teachers by handing out tailored cards, and get to know the principals secretary particularly well. She is likely the first person who will inform you of any positions that become available and can also put in a good word for you with administration. Look at posts from your local school board on a weekly basis as well. These can usually be found at the school board website in your state.
Attend teaching job fairs. Make sure to have your credentials, such as sealed college transcripts, degrees, certificates and a resume.
Be prepared for the interview. Have a portfolio with your teaching credentials, student works, ideology, lesson plans and other materials to show the interviewer. In addition, make a list of questions you might be asked such as why you want to work for the district, what is your teaching philosophy, and why you should be hired. Have answers ready for any questions you may be asked and be sure to practice interviewing in the mirror, video tape or tape recorder to ensure you sound professional.
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