Month: April 2023

What Does Career Coaching Involve?

Have you thought about being coached to improve your resume and your performance during interviews and what it entailed? As a successful coach of 100’s and 100’s of educators for over twelve years, let me give you a brief overview of my approach: (1) review of your resume and cover letter (no charge); (2) free 10 minute telephone in-take conversation; (3) schedule and conduct virtual one-hour, one-on-one coaching sessions depending on your needs. The following is a brief summary of what takes place:

1. Review of Your Resume (no charge)         

2. 10-minute In-Take Conversation (no charge)

   a. What position(s) are you seeking?

   b. How long have you been applying for jobs? How many jobs have you applied for?

   c. How many first-round interviews have you had? Second-round? Beyond second-round?

   d. What do you think the problem might be in not moving on in the process?

   e. Provide information regarding fee; scheduling; brief feedback on resume; answer additional questions

f. If you are interested, schedule a session

3. Coaching Sessions (clients determine their needs and how many sessions they want)

  • Review and revise resume and cover letter if needed; how to prepare for an interview; and begin analyzing and crafting response to “Tell Us About Yourself”
  • Email relevant attachments to guide each session
  • Finalize and practice response to “Tell Us About Yourself”
  • Mutually create your narrative that emphasizes your strengths and neutralizes any potential weakness
  • Strategize answers to 10 to 20 of the most frequently asked questions.
  • Analyze what your future supervisor is really looking for.
  • Do mock interviews and get constructive feedback.
  • Learn strategies and tactics on “how to close the deal” and negotiate salary.

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I have probably interviewed several thousand candidates over my 50-year career. Below are my favorite questions for school leaders. Questions 1,2 and 3 are the most probable. I think they are also the most important because in the case of #1 and #2 it allows the candidate to define him/herself by presenting their story. Question #3 gives insight into the thoroughness of preparation the candidate has committed to the process. Your success is dependent on your performance in responding to these questions in a coherent, thoughtful and concise way. Let me help you.

  1. Tell us about yourself. Make your resume come alive.
  2. Why do you want to become a school leader?
  3. What do you know about our school/district? Why do you want to work here?
  4. Describe your “footprint” that you leave in your current position and why you believe it will be sustained.
  5. Why would teachers want to follow your leadership?
  6. How would you deal with a veteran teacher who is not receptive to your recommendations?
  7. How would you go about determining what your priorities should be in your new position?
  8. Assuming that the pandemic has caused many students to fall behind in their academic progress, what would you propose to attempt to accelerate their progress?
  9. What are the most important things you look for when doing a classroom visit?
  10. Much has been said about equity in schools. What does “equity” mean to you? What have you done to bring about equity? What should schools do?
  11. What expertise do you bring to your staff in enhancing student learning through the use of technology?
  12. How would you go about assisting a teacher who is having difficulty with classroom management/student discipline?
  13. How do you know (what evidence do you seek) that students are making academic progress?
  14. What are the most productive ways of consulting with teachers and or parents so they can enhance their effectiveness in working with their student?
  15. How would you go about leading a committee or a professional learning community?
  16. Assume that an unpopular policy has been made and many parents are unhappy about its implementation, how would you deal with a room full of angry parents at a PTA meeting?
  17. If you interviewed candidates for a teacher vacancy, what question would you ask them?
  18. Tell me about a student who you helped that might have changed that child’s life.
  19. How would you deal with a parent who is dissatisfied with how a teacher is conducting his/her class? Assume that the parent has already spoken to the teacher.
  20. Tell me something about yourself that is not on your resume that will help me better understand the essence of who you are and what motivates you.

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