Job Search and Networking Tips for Preschool Teacher Jobs

Finding preschool teacher jobs can be challenging, but if you add networking to your job search strategy, it will make the task easier.

Understand Networking

First understand that there is more to networking than simply asking everyone you know if they can help you find a preschool teacher job. Before you put out the word that you are seeking employment, make sure that you have proven yourself to be a useful contact. Start by catching up with any contacts that you haven’t spoken to in awhile. Get interested in their lives and what they have going on; then you can begin to share that you are looking for preschool teacher jobs.

If you have family or friends that you speak to on a regular basis, you can be more upfront and tell them you are looking for a job at a preschool and ask if they know of any resources.

Use The Internet

The Internet will be a big help for networking and for finding preschool teacher jobs. The first thing you want to do is set up job alerts on popular career sites. Visit job search boards, search for “preschool teacher jobs” in your area, and then look for the option that allows the site to send you notifications of new listings in this category.

Once you begin receiving listings, be sure to respond as quickly as possible because some companies only look at materials from the first batch of applicants.

Next you should join online forums for teachers. The purpose of this is not to waste time chatting on the Internet; instead the purpose is to gain valuable insight. By using online forums to network with teachers, you will begin to pick up on hiring trends, you’ll be able to ask for feedback about your resume and interviewing techniques, and you may even be able to find job listings that are not posted publicly.

Go to the Source

When looking for preschool teacher jobs, one of the best things you can do is go directly to the source. Make a list of all the preschools in your area and visit their websites. See if they have any job openings posted. If they don’t, your work isn’t done. Write down the contact information and start to draft an introduction letter. Detail who you are, your experience and your interest in scheduling an informational interview. Send this letter to the director of every preschool in your area. If you have not heard back in a few weeks, place a follow-up call.

This is a great technique for getting your foot in the door and for getting the word out that you are in the market for a job. Be sure to treat any informational interview just as you would treat a regular interview. Be prepared by bringing copies of your resume, researching the school so that you show that you are interested in them as a company and not just getting a job at a preschool, and also by having a list of questions you’d like to ask.