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The Teacher's Guide to Successful Job Transfers and Promotions

The Teacher's Guide to Successful Job Transfers and Promotions

July 2005 | 128 pages | Corwin
This is a how-to resource for experienced teachers who want to transfer to another level or subject area or who are seeking promotion to curriculum coordinator or deputy head. By Joanne Wachter, author of Corwin's best-selling Time-Saving Tips for Teachers, this new guide leads readers, step-by-step, through the process of setting their goals, preparing their applications, strengthening their CVs, and rehearsing for their interviews, with all necessary checklists, sample forms, and sample letters provided.

The author's approach to coaching teachers seeking job transfers and promotions was developed during her years as a public school system supervisor with responsibility for hiring teachers (both beginning and experienced), transferring teachers, and placing teachers in specialist and assistant principal spots. She has used the ideas and strategies in this book during one-on-one counselling with hundreds of teachers and is now ready to share her successful approach with other educators.


About the Author
1. Your Dream Job and Where to Find It
Job Setting Quiz

Reflecting on Your Quiz Responses

Where to Look

Final Thoughts

2. Working the Process
Issues That Matter to Administrators

Above and Beyond

Final Thoughts

3. An A+ Application
Filling Out the Application Form

College Transcripts

Letters of Reference

Cover Letter

Final Thoughts

4. A Resume to Remember
Resume Format

Contents to Include

Attracting Attention

Final Thoughts

5. Power Portfolio
What to Include

What to Leave Out

A Package to Impress

Final Thoughts

6. Getting the Interview
Making Personal Contact

When Personal Contact Is Impossible

Staying in Touch

Scheduling the Interview

Final Thoughts

7. Doing Your Homework
Materials to Study

Talking With People

Preparing for Interview Questions

Rehearsing for Your Interview

Location, Location

Final Thoughts

8. What to Wear, What to Wear?
Outfit Impact

Carrying Case

Final Thoughts

9. Get Set for Outstanding Interview Performance
Relax Your Body

Relax Your Mind

The Evening Before

The Day of the Interview

Final Thoughts

10. A Successful Interview
Off and Running

Rules of the Game

Answering Questions


Body Language

Use of Your Portfolio

Ending the Interview

Final Thoughts

11. Now What?

Follow-Up Contact

Letting Go

When You Get the Job

Final Thoughts and Best Wishes


“Speaks to teachers in a voice they will understand and provides a wealth of valuable examples, suggestions, and advice. . . .Clear voice, clear expertise in the field, and logical, step-by-step process that teachers will find extremely valuable.”


Louise Kursmark
Author, Career Consultant, and Certified Professional Resume Writer
Cincinnati, OH

"A great tool for any teacher pursuing a job transfer. . . . can also be used by a new teacher seeking their first job or by a teacher trying to reenter the field after years of being away from the classroom."

Lisa Burke
Author, Educational Consultant, Raleigh, NC

"Many of the ‘how to’ books [already] on the market do not have the detail and the real world examples that this publication has."

Kathy O’Neill, Director of the Leadership Initiative
Southern Regional Educational Board, Atlanta, GA

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