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Posted on October 18, 2015 6:59 pm
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Despite laws that are in place to not discriminate against job applicants, it can be difficult for older teachers to be hired.

Ms. Sawyer is 55 years old. She used to teach Kindergarten and also taught English to all grades in a departmentalized elementary school 15 years ago. Most recently she teaches three year olds in a daycare. She wants to become a paraprofessional in a public school, but has not been called for an interview. What can Ms. Sawyer do to attract the attention of administrators in her school district?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 18, 2015 9:24 pm

yParuR
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Ms. Sawyer needs to follow up on the applications she is submitting. If she is simply filling out the form with no follow up that is detrimental to her hiring process. However, if she follows up it gives the hiring committee no choice but to pull her application and take a look at it. Ms. Sawyer can also use key words in her resume that show while she has tons of experience she is up to date with the technology and other curriculum needs being used in the classroom.
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Solution 2
Posted October 18, 2015 10:52 pm

aQahan
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She could be a substitute teacher which would allow her to get into the schools and make her talents and skills known. This also provides a great way to get her foot into the door and make lasting impressions on administration and teachers.
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qunumy
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This is a great idea. I know a few people who were a substitute at schools and they hired them full time because they saw what great teachers they were.
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Solution 3
Posted March 7, 2016 12:49 am

yLeBun
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Mrs. Sawyer should focus the attention of her administrators on her previous work experience and show them how great her passion for teaching still is. This will show administrators that she would be a great choice for the position.
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Solution 4
Posted October 18, 2015 8:51 pm

Qygata
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Substituting can be a way of showing others you are affective with students. Knowing the right people always helps. Make connections any way you can outside of the school day.
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Solution 5
Posted October 9, 2016 2:32 pm

eTytun
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I would tell the teacher to keep pushing forward and continue to take classes at her local college to stay fresh. Employers like to see that you are willing to grow and learn. Sometimes older teachers can be stuck in their ways and seem like they know it all because they have seen it all. Although that may be almost true the education system is changing every year, we can all use extra education.
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Solution 6
Posted October 17, 2016 2:00 am

qunumy
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As some other people said before, I think that being a substitute for the school or picking up another position if possible would be a great way for her to be recognized.
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Solution 7
Posted February 26, 2016 6:14 am

eQyVuj
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Maybe look into any additional classes that they can add to their resume.
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Solution 8
Posted October 13, 2016 8:17 pm

gyVyPe
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Ms. Sawyer should create a portfolio and resume of her past and current experience. She should be ready with answers to any given questions and give an exact reason for why she want to become a paraprofessional in public schools.
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Solution 9
Posted October 15, 2016 12:39 am

aDaWaV
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She needs to keep following up to make sure she gets her name in there. She can bring a portfolio of the recommendation letters and achievements to show them that she really is passionate.
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Solution 10
Posted October 3, 2017 3:09 am

Yeilin Ramirez
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Ms. Sawyer can follow up with the schools she applied to. She can also begin substituting in order to stay updated with the new technologies and strategies teachers are learning. This will add current and more useful information on her application.
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Solution 11
Posted July 10, 2017 1:59 am

eSaTag
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It's best if people know a name with a face go introduce yourself first!
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Solution 12
Posted February 23, 2018 9:31 pm

jaDehy
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I would say she should see a career specialist or have someone who is skilled in resumes to review hers. We can always have some help us enhance our word usage on resumes to seem more appealing!
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Solution 13
Posted February 25, 2018 8:01 pm

juduje
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It would be a good idea for her to volunteer at the school to get her name and face in the door. After the school staff begins to know who she is, then she could speak up about starting to work for the school. If she is persistent with it she is more likely to get the job.
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Solution 14
Posted October 15, 2016 3:55 am

Husava
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I believe she should do the basics which is follow up and keep calling the places she applied to get a update on the application.
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Solution 15
Posted February 24, 2017 4:16 am

ZaBuBy
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She should follow up, this will show interest and responsibility,
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