3 Things You Must Do If You’re Considering Leaving Teaching
If you’re someone who is considering leaving teaching, or making the switch to a corporate job, there are a few common mistakes you might make. Start your transition process with these 3 steps to make things go as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Making the transition from teaching to a corporate job can be a big step, but it is possible with the right mindset and preparation.
1. Know what you want to do
First things first, you need to know a base level of information about what the jobs are that you’re applying for. Research the industry you’re interested in and the job titles that exist within that industry. Before making the switch, it’s important to understand “a day in the life” at jobs you might apply for. When you start your interview process, this will help you to market yourself as someone who is excited about, passionate about, and qualified for the job you’re applying for.
2. LinkedIn is your best friend
LinkedIn is THE number one tool to get your new corporate job AND networking. Everyone in the corporate space uses it, and yours needs to be updated, optimized, and cleaned up. Spend time learning the lay of the land on LinkedIn, connecting with others, and creating your profile.
Network, network, network. Networking is key when making a career change. Reach out to people in the industry you’re interested in and ask for advice, or offer to buy them coffee and pick their brain. Use LinkedIn to connect with professionals in the field and attend industry events.
3. You have all of the experience you need. Optimize your cover letter and resume to show off your skills.
As a teacher, you have gained so many experiences in your classroom. Running professional development, creating lessons, communicating with families, and so much more.
On your resume, be sure to highlight the experiences that you have that directly align to the job you’re hoping to get. Do you want to work in Curriculum Development? Highlight all of your experiences creating standards-aligned materials that engage students. Maybe you’re looking into opportunities in Customer Success? Highlight your experiences communicating, running projects from start to finish, and problem solving.
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