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How do I find a teaching job?

Spring is the time to start your job search for fall.  Please do not limit yourself to just the large districts. There are many smaller districts in our area. 

In addition to submitting many applications, plan to attend all job fairs.  Bring plenty of copies of your resumes, dress professional; submit employment applications online prior to attending.  Many of our students have found it helpful to make a professional portfolio.

Career Development Services Spring Events

Career Development Spring Schedule

Employment Applications

Complete ISD applications online:

  • TISD (Texarkana ISD) requires their on application. 
  • School District Websites:  Most of the school districts have their on websites where you may complete their application or follow a link to the Region 8 application.
  • Region 8 Easy Application:  Click on Region 8 (Easy Consortium). Most (not all) other school districts accept. 

Job Postings

You may view jobs postings on below websites:

  • Region 8 - Even districts that do not accept the Region 8 application usually post job opening on this website. 
  • ISD Websites - Post job openings on their on website and Region 8.  Link to many ISD Websites.
  • TEA has a site where you can search for jobs.  Just type in the zip code and select the number of miles of the location.  It pulls up a list of districts and links to their website and human resources page.  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/districtSearch.aspx 

Our Career Development Department is a great resource for resumes, interviewing and much more.  Contact Career Development Director Tina Boitnott at tboitnott@tamut.edu to learn more about services offered.

Resume and Cover Letter

You will need a resume and a cover letter to send with your applications and also to hand out at job fairs.   Below are some suggestions. 

  • Resumes and cover letters are a great place to add information that cannot be included in an application such as TExES tests you have passed, whether you qualify for a probationary teaching certificate or will qualify for a standard certificate during the summer.  Resumes should be 1-2 pages with bulleted statements rather than paragraphs.  Double check grammar and spelling.

There are many templates in Microsoft Word for resumes, cover letters, etc.  Click on the Office Button in the top left corner, New, Office Online, Resumes.  After finding a template you like, print it out.  Then type your own in Word to look similar to the template.  You can use the actual template, but templates have lots of formatting that can be difficult to work with.  

Professional Portfolio

  • Make a comprehensive portfolio and place in a professional looking binder with printed tabs.  This will be yours to keep and possibly show to principals that are interested in hiring you.  It can be updated and added to over the years.
    • Suggested items to include:
      • Resume, cover letter, proof of TExES content test(s) you have passed, letters of reference, transcripts, standard teaching certificate, etc.
    • You may also wish to make a condensed version to hand out at interviews or to principals.  Suggestion – Use a clear front report holder containing only the most pertinent documents for the position for which you are applying. 

Region 8 (Many schools accept Region 8's Easy Job Application and most post job openings on this site.)

Check individual school websites for their job applications and postings.

 How do I prepare to search for a job?

Questions? Call 903/223-3132 or email education@tamut.edu

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