Resources › For Educators Proven Strategies for Obtaining a Teaching Job A Compiled List of Resources to Help You Obtain a Teaching Position Share Flipboard Email Print Image Source / Getty Images For Educators Becoming A Teacher Assessments & Tests Elementary Education Secondary Education Special Education Teaching Homeschooling By Janelle Cox Education Expert M.S., Education, Buffalo State College B.S., Education, Buffalo State College Janelle Cox, M.S., is an education writer specializing in elementary school education. our editorial process Janelle Cox Updated March 17, 2017 Finding a teaching job in today's economy is not easy. Many public school teaching jobs have been quite competitive. This doesn't mean that a teaching position is out of reach, it just means that you must be even more prepared than ever before. School districts are always on the look out for new teachers, and the turnover rate is pretty high. Over the past few years, we have seen a number of teachers retiring, or deciding to stay home with their children. So, it's important to find out where the jobs are, and what qualifications you need to get one. This compiled list of resources is here to help you obtain a teaching position. You'll find 7 proven strategies that will get you prepared for the process of obtaining a job, as well as finding that perfect teaching job. Make Sure You Are Qualified for the Position You Want to Obtain Photo Courtesy of Getty Images Ryan Mcvay Becoming a teacher requires compassion, dedication, hard work and a lot of patience. If you want to teach in an elementary school, there are a few basic teacher qualifications that you will have to achieve. Here you will learn essentials in order to obtain a teaching certificate. Have an Amazing Teaching Portfolio Keep your resume updated at all times. Phot Digital Image/Getty Images A teaching portfolio is an essential item for all educators. Every student teacher has to create one, and continually update it throughout their career. Whether you just finished college or are a seasoned veteran in the education field, learning how to perfect your teaching portfolio will help you advance in your career. Here you will learn what to include, as well as how to assemble and use it in an interview. Know Your Educational Jargon Photo Janelle Cox/Clip Art Just like in every occupation, education has a list or set of words it uses when referring to specific educational entities. These buzzwords are used freely and frequently in the educational community. It is essential to keep up with the latest educational jargon. Study these words, their meaning, and how you would implement them into your classroom. Dress for Success Keep your hair away from your face, invest in hair ties and bobby pins. Photo ASping Vision/ Getty Images Like it or not, the way you look and present your outer appearance makes a difference. You will be sure to catch your prospective employers eye if you dress for success. Use these teacher fashions tips as well as these favorite teacher outfits to help you decide upon the perfect interview attire. Be Sure to Know Your Role as a Teacher Photo Courtesy of Pelaez Getty Images In today's world a teacher's role is a multifaceted profession, and the role of a teacher changes depending upon the grade in which they teach. Be sure you your role as a teacher, and the specifics of the grade and/or subject that you are applying for. Effectively Convey Your Thoughts on Education Photo Jon Riley/ Getty Images The educational philosophy statement has become a staple in every educators teaching portfolio. This essential item can be difficult for most teachers to write because they have to combine, and convey all of their thoughts on education into one brief statement. Employers are looking fro candidates that know what they want and how to teach. Be sure to look over this sample statement for a little inspiration. Have a Successful Job Interview Interview Attire. Photo Shanna Baker/Getty Images Now that you have learned the strategies on how to attain a teaching position, it's time to learn the best kept secrets on acing an interview. In order to make it a successful one, you will need to prepare for it. Here's how to ace your interview, including tips on: researching the school district, perfecting your portfolio, answering questions, and interview attire.