Job Search Handbook for Educators

Targeted and Comprehensive – for the Education Candidate’s Job Search!

The 80+ page handbook includes notices from employers and grad schools about opportunities for candidates. Plus, 60+ articles with tips on the job search, including:

  • Effective resumes and cover letters
  • Proactive networking
  • Social media tips
  • International teaching resources and strategies
  • Acing cyber interviews
  • Using portfolios for a competitive edge
  • Tips for success at teacher job fairs
  • Increasing marketability
  • Jobs outside of traditional classroom teaching
  • Considering charter schools
  • Preparing for the interview
  • Preparing an A+ demonstration lesson
  • Top 10 interview questions
  • How school districts are using social media

And many more topics for an educator’s job search!



2018 Job Search Handbook

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2018 Job Search Handbook for Educators
Editorial Committee

The AAEE Job Search Handbook for Educators is the product of many hours of hard work from our Editorial Committee. Over a period of several months, they collaborate to review and select articles, edit, and prepare a cohesive publication, specifically targeted to the education profession. Prepared annually, it’s relevancy and substantial focus make AAEE’s publication the premier job search handbook on university campuses across the country. Learn more about each of our dedicated volunteers below.

If you would like to get involved as a committee member for the 2019 edition of the Handbook, please contact our executive director at

Dr. Dawn Jones
Northern Illinois University (retired)

In 1987, as a brand-new counselor with Career Service at Northern Illinois University, I became a member of AAEE.  My direct supervisor had advised me to do so, since he was a firm believer in the Association’s value.  At that time, teaching jobs were not plentiful, and we were doing everything possible to put our student teachers in contact with potential employers. I attended my first AAEE conference in 1998; there, I met school district administrators who were anxious to hear about our group of student teachers from a wide variety of teaching disciplines.  I also made lifelong friends.  The ability to exchange information with colleagues from school districts and other institutions’ career services offices informed my practice and answered so many of my questions about my role as a career counselor. 

I’ve tried to give back to AAEE by presenting at conferences, writing for Supply & Demand, and serving in governing roles: senator, director of publications, secretary, secretary/treasurer, and two terms as president. 

Working on the Job Search Handbook has held a special place in my heart, since I have seen the significance that it holds for student teachers.  They love the wealth of resources between its cover—the brief, practical articles containing practical tips and advice from experts on job preparation, searching for jobs, and useful supply and demand information.  In fact, I’ve had clients who have used their copies so much that they ask for replacements! 

Another joy in working on the Job Search Handbook has been sharing the process with a dedicated and talented staff of editors who have helped to move this publication from its original status as a newsprint handbook with the same articles many years in a row to a professional, visually-attractive magazine format that has the potential to attract multitudes of readers. I’m honored to have been a part of this process.  Are you interested in writing?  Do you have creative or practical ideas to share?  Please consider contributing to the Job Search Handbook.  Thousands of teacher candidates nationwide will thank you.

Dr. Rebecca Faber
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
When I began with UNL’s Career Services office in November of 2000, my predecessor told me that I had to continue the office’s membership in AAEE and go to the annual conferences.  She was right. Through my involvement in AAEE, I learned how to be more effective in my job, both through readily available resources as well as through networking with colleagues across the country.  I feel that I offer students the most relevant information available to help them as they seek education employment in the U.S. and beyond.  I’ve had the opportunity to participate fully in AAEE by presenting at yearly conferences, serving on the Board of Directors, and helping to edit the Job Search Handbook.  I enjoy the editing process (yes, I’m a word-nerd), but I also enjoy seeing how all of the helpful articles come together as one product that is beyond anything else available for education candidates.  I’m proud of the work we do as the editorial committee.

Diana Sanchez
University of California at San Marcos

When I first began my career as a career counselor in 1995, my manager encouraged me to become involved with AAEE, so I joined. I attended my first conference at Fort Worth in 1998 and since then I’ve been hooked! I could not have received better training in educational recruitment than through the knowledge I’ve gained at AAEE conferences, webinars, and networking opportunities. Through the years I have served as a regional representative and the Director of Professional Development on the Board of Directors, as well as President. All of these roles allowed me to forge professional and personal relationships that continue to serve and nurture me today. For the past few years I have worked on the Job Search Handbook editorial committee with an awe-inspiring team of dedicated professionals, who continue to produce a publication that benefits thousands of teacher candidates across the nation. It does a better job providing crucial information about the teacher hiring process than anything out there, and I’m proud to be a part of it. I encourage fellow AAEE members to get involved in any way that best fits your talents.

Sherri Morris
Chapel Hill-Carboro City Schools, NC

I became involved with AAEE seven years ago when I attended my first conference and job fair in Indianapolis, and have not looked back. In fact, since that time, I have attended every annual conference, and even served as a conference co-chair and conference programming chair. More importantly, I have built friendships and a professional network with amazing educators across the country. These connections are instrumental in my work to recruit teachers to staff the schools in my district. AAEE has given me a resource for quality teacher applicants that spans the nation. I can pick up the phone or email a university colleague to request applicants for openings I am trying to fill. I have also found the expertise shared in the Job Search Handbook (JSH) to be a valuable resource for the student teachers with whom I work. Its articles and practical tips offer new job seekers sound professional guidance directly from experts in the education hiring arena. The JSH is the perfect vehicle for school district employers and college career center staff who want to share their knowledge and impact the careers of young educators. I hope you will consider contributing to the 2019 edition! 

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