Finding that Dream Job (Part 3)

As you know from my previous blogs, I’ve been a stay at home mom for the past six years.  Financially speaking, things are pretty tight.  In fact, a couple of weeks ago, my son asked if he could be home-schooled and I had to resist the urge to tell him we’re not going to have a home in which to home-school him in if I don’t find work pretty soon!

As a former educator, I’m currently in the process of getting on my local boards’ supply list.  I’m hopeful I’ll secure a more permanent position by the fall of 2012.  Yes, I’m aware the economy is in a downward spiral and the demand for teacher’s is nil right now, but hey, I’m just an optimistic, glass is half full kind of gal!

When looking for a job in the education sector, as a teacher, administrative, or support applicant, it’s a good idea to check out board websites and determine what method each board uses to accept applications.  Some school board’s, have their own online system for accepting applications.  Other school board’s utilize the website www.applytoeducation.com  This site allows users to search school board job postings and electronically submit your application to employers.  You can view job postings free of charge but there is a fee for submitting your application portfolio.

For me, it has all came down to networking.  (Remember blog number one when I couldn’t stress enough the importance of networking!)  I recently let my friends and previous colleagues know I was ready to re-enter the workforce.  The responses came fast and furious.  My email inbox was soon inundated with messages – “It’s about time,” “Contact so and so and she’ll hook you up,” “Send your resume to me and I’ll make sure the right person receives it,” and so on.

At this time, I’m happy to report, I’ve finished completing all the necessary paperwork and I’m now waiting for my police check to be cleared so I can begin supplying.  Teaching jobs are out there, you just have to call in some favours from the right people!

Renee Morley is a Continuing Education Student currently studying within the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College. MCACES offers a comprehensive Employment Advisement program for our students. For more information about Employment Advisement, please visit the MCACES website, www.mcaces.ca or contact Lidia Siino, Employment & Communications Specialist at Lidia.siino@mohawkcollege.ca.

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