Originally posted July 9, 2014:
Looking for a job?
I’ve recently been interviewing. After proceeding through Q & A time, I share what I deem important for our campus. I’ve interviewed some exceptional candidates. Potential teachers doing all the “right” things before, during, and after the interview. In the end, I didn’t offer them the job. Why? Because it wasn’t the right fit for our campus.
I remember needing to fill a 3rd-grade position. Along came the knock-it-out-of-the-ballpark candidate. I knew someone would snatch her up quickly because of her passion (which they did), but it wasn’t me. I knew the temperament of the team, the years of experience, etc. would not make a match. I really did want it to work! She needed to be on the bus (in a school teaching) but she also needed to be in the right seat on that bus.
As a job candidate, you also need to make sure it’s the right fit for YOU!
Take the time to see what your potential administrator deems important. Ask specifically what they are looking for and then listen. It will save you time in deciding if that school is a right fit.
Once you snag that job, here are 3 tips:
Always see the best in everyone….and speak words to that end.
This applies to…everyone! Don’t you want people to see the best in you and/or your children? Your potential, your goodness, your talents, your abilities? Everyone has a story. Some act out of past hurts. Sometimes you have to see beyond the actions. Be someone that can bring the best out of people. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21. Speak words of life.
Next, be on time.
Be on time to work, delivering or picking up your students, to meetings, etc. I had a history professor tell me years ago, “To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is history.” I’ve never forgotten that. I guess because it’s important to me. Honestly, it’s one not even particularly easy for me. Surround yourself with those that can help. A time-oriented student can help!
Finally, work hard and have FUN!
Take time to laugh. Take time to laugh at yourself. You will make mistakes, however, your attitude determines the outcome. My first year I broke the laminating machine…oops! I also let my 2nd graders use this nifty check/cash receipt book in the writing center. They were SO talented writing checks. Imagine my chagrin when “receipt book” showed up on the end-of-the-year check out list!
Capture the importance of what is IMPORTANT.