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international student

How to succeed in finding a college teaching or academic position.

Good communication, Networking, Subject skill, Teaching philosophy, interview skills and more.

Teaching in college is one of the most fulfilling jobs that anyone can have. To be competitive finding any teaching position, one has to master their subject matter and also create a good job search plan to be prepared for the taxing application process.

It is well known that first impressions are very important. It is therefore vital to have a positive professional image with other professors because they are not only your colleagues, they will be your references in future.

One needs to communicate effectively both in speech and in writing. You also need to build traits that employers desire. These include being diligent, responsible, being organized, respectful and cooperative. Be sure to respond to emails and phone calls soonest possible.

While in college, try to take all chances you get to showcase your scholarly work at professional organizations affiliated with your area of study. These are great places to network and meet prospective employers and other important people.

One should also be careful what they put on social networking websites like facebook and youtube because employers can access your posts. You don't want to put questionable things there that can jeopardize your future job search.

You should check the job postings and prepare your application portfolio that include application letter, resume, a statement of teaching philosophy and letters of recommendation. Your references should be able to know specific personal details about you and your abilities.

Your application letter need to demonstrate that your credentials, skills and experience match the job requirements. It should be clear and persuasive to the reader and come off as pleasant and personal.

Your resume should be easy to read, well organized and professional looking with a nice layout. List activities with the most recent coming first. Use bullet points to describe duties of your experience. Your resume should be comprehensive but include only necessary information pertaining to the job being applied for .

You should make sure to check your application letter and resume for any typographical, spelling and grammatical errors.

For some careers, you may also prepare more supporting documents like CD's or DVD's of your recordings of your teaching material. You may also need to compile teaching philosophy, sample syllabus and teaching video.

The teaching philosophy statement is often used to determine if the candidate understands the mission of the hiring institution and if he/she has the style of teaching that suits that institution.

You may be asked for a phone interview of a video call. Before the interview, it is good to research the hiring institution, know the names and roles of the interviewers and read the job description to try to predict the questions they may ask.

If you are lucky to make through the phone interview, you may be invited for a personal on campus interview where you also get to meet the administrators, sometimes students and be invited to make a presentation.

Make sure to be clean and dress professionally to have a good first impression. Be cautious because everything you do and say is being evaluated. During the interview, you should be prepared to demonstrate that you have the qualifications to match the job description and also show enthusiasm and a positive demeanor. You want to come across as honest and confident but not brag. Try to be as specific as possible when answering questions.

If the interviewer ask if you have any questions, you can ask questions about the institution, the work load and about the student population in the institution.

After the interview, make sure to send a letter to express appreciation for the interview and reiterate your interest in the position.


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