posted on Oct, 4 2012 @ 12:21 PM
Teacher here, and although its been ten years since I've searched for a job, I can give you a few hints.
Administrators are looking for someone who is confident, calm, and knowledgeable about their subject. Since you want to teach younger children, I
would take the picture in a classroom setting. Be careful about including children in the photo...unless you have specific, written permission from
parents. You could have a picture taken of you reading a book to students, so that all the picture shows of the children is the back of their heads.
That would make a great photo.
Since a lot of school systems are under a hiring freeze, you may need to consider an alternate route to your dream job. Look for temporary jobs, like
maternity leave. It may only be a couple of months, but it lets the administrator get to know you and what a wonderful teacher you are. Likewise,
substitute as much as possible. I spent my first year out of college substituting, and was hired by a principal at a school that I was at nearly
every week. Believe me, principals notice great substitutes!
Put together a portfolio to take with you on interviews. My portfolio included sample lesson plans, games I made, activities I put together, a copy
of my parent newsletter, etc. These are great items to impress the principal.
And if you have a specific school you'd like to work at, and they aren't hiring, consider volunteering when you can. Explain to the principal that
you really want to teach at that school, and then help out in classrooms. I guarantee this will impress the principal and you'll be first in line
when a position opens up.
Good luck, darling! U2U me if you have any more questions!