STA works hard to serve you well. We take pride in treating our candidates as unique individuals with special talents and distinct search parameters. As a result, we can help you run an efficient and productive job search.
But we need your assistance! Here are a few tips that will help STA help you.
- Make sure that you inform STA of any changes in your contact information (address, email, telephone numbers). You should review your online account to ensure that STA has the best information for you.
- It is your responsibility to supply STA with a complete credentials file. Your resume should be pristine (i.e., no typos!), concise (rookie candidates should have a one-page resume), and should include all "kid-related" work experience. Your letters of recommendation should be current and from immediate supervisors who can assess your recent performance and future potential. We request official transcripts for your file.
- Maintain a professional profile (phone messages, MySpace, etc.). Even the manner in which you answer your cell phone will create an impression in the mind of a school administrator who is trying to determine if you will fit well at their school.
- Stay in touch with your placement counselor! During the search season, opportunities can develop quickly. Letting STA know that you are still seeking a position helps us advocate for you. Calling or emailing every two weeks is quite appropriate.
- Your online STA account will list the schools to which your file has been referred. We encourage you to review carefully each school's website. If you have questions about an opportunity, we encourage you to contact your placement counselor.
- When a school administrator attempts to contact you, it is imperative that you provide an immediate and sincere response. You might be tempted to view an email from a school administrator as a casual message, but it is NOT. The administrator is trying to determine if you are a viable candidate for the position. If you do not respond promptly, the administrator may assume that you are not interested in the opportunity, and you will be excluding yourself from contention. It may well be that you are not interested in every opportunity that STA generates for you, but it is essential that you communicate your views clearly and promptly with both school administrators and STA.
- When you are invited for an on-campus interview, you will need to learn what is expected of you so that you may prepare carefully. For instance, will you be teaching a demonstration lesson? And, of course, dressing professionally is absolutely essential. Call your counselor if you would like assistance in preparing.
- Responding appropriately to a job offer is crucial. You are not obligated to accept any position, but we believe that you are obligated to respond to schools in a clear and timely manner. If you have questions or would like to consult with us as you make this important decision, we would be pleased to speak with you.
Finally, it is worth repeating—yet again—that you should stay in touch with your STA placement counselor! Our experienced team has many more valuable insights that can help you land the best job possible.