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ARE YOU PREPARED TO BE A COMPETITIVE CANDIDATE?

Assume that you are a well-qualified applicant who is applying for a mid-level leadership position and are 1 out of a total of 150 applicants. Assume that there are 10 other candidates who are at least as equally qualified. Therefore, you need to be better prepared than the rest of the field in order to out-compete them. What must you know and do so you stand out from rest of the candidates? Consider the following:

  1. Do you know how to strategically organize and design a…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on February 4, 2024 at 12:00pm — No Comments

WHAT CAN A CAREER COACH DO FOR YOU? by Larry Aronstein

Recently, a suburban school district posted an ad for an assistant principal. The district attracted more than 150 applicants, met with 18 for a pre-screening interview, and then had a hiring committee interview 6 semi-finalists. At about the same time, the Kentucky Derby had 19 horses “Run for the Roses.” Those horses had the benefit of the best trainers in the world to prepare them. Trying to get a leadership job is very much like a horse race.

 

How much of an investment…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 28, 2024 at 12:05pm — No Comments

LEAVE REPACEMENT: SHOULD I APPLY? by Larry Aronstein

 

At this time, there are about 50 leave replacement positions available in my area. Should you consider taking a leave replacement position? Like most other complex questions, the answer is, “It depends”. It depends on your set of circumstances. It depends on the conditions related to the leave.

What are your circumstances?

  • Are you trying to start a new career as a teacher? If you have been unsuccessfully seeking a position in…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on May 24, 2023 at 10:16am — No Comments

BEWARE OF FOLLOWING WELL-INTENTIONED ADVICE by Larry Aronstein

Remember the adage, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. After a 46-year career in public education, 38 as a school and district leader who interviewed thousands of candidates, I believe I can speak with some authority about hiring educators. Be careful about following advice from well-intentioned friends, family and colleagues. Here are a few examples of advice you should not follow, why not, and what you should…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on October 9, 2022 at 11:02am — No Comments

A NEW JOB: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR RE-INVENTION by Larry Aronstein

 

Starting a new job is an opportunity to re-invent yourself. It can be a chance to leave whatever baggage you might have had behind you and get a fresh start. Aside from doing the obvious like making a good first impression by introducing yourself to the various stakeholder groups, coming up to speed on what is going on, and doing a “listening tour”, which all are certainly good things to do, you need to consider the following:

  • Be visible and…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on March 17, 2022 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Likeability, Trustworthiness and Fit

The three most important assets during an interview is your ability to project likeability, trust and fit. Likeability, trust and fit trump everything…your knowledge of pedagogy, your qualifications, everything. Unconsciously, interviewers often decide at first sight whether they like you. Still, over the course of the interview, interviewers can change their opinions in either direction. If they really like you, they may even overlook your less-than-satisfactory responses to some of…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 2, 2021 at 2:36pm — No Comments

What Are Your Odds of Getting Interviews? by Larry Aronstein

Seeking a leadership position is similar to a competitive horse-race. The odds for your success are largely based on: (1) the status of the potential employer, (2) the degree of nepotism at play, and (3) your qualifications and experience. The status of school communities can be stereotyped according to their historic reputation, that is the perceived quality of education, affluence, political stability, students’ college acceptance, achievement scores, etc.…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on September 23, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

WHAT TO DO WHEN POSSIBLY FACING A CAREER ENDING SITUATION by Larry Aronstein

Are you facing a potentially career ending set of circumstances? (1) Were you denied tenure, or are you facing being denied tenure? (2) Were you or have you been forced to resign? (3) Have you ever been terminated? (4) Are you suspended (re-assigned to stay home)? (5) Have you been demoted or are you facing being demoted? (6) Are you facing serious charges that may result in termination or loss of license? (7) Do you have a bad reputation and are you being…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 3, 2021 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Can You Be Over-Prepared for an Interview? by Larry Aronstein

Can you be over-prepared for an interview? The answer is NO. Being carefully and thoroughly prepared is an important key to successfully giving an outstanding interview. Being well prepared includes: (1) building self-confidence; (2) demonstrating to the interviewers that you’ve done your homework; (3) and providing well-constructed evidence that you have mastered the knowledge, attitudes and skills that they are seeking in a top candidate. What can you do so that you do not come off as…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on December 6, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Cover Letter by Larry aronstein

A cover letter is always required, however cover letters are seldom carefully read and there’s a good chance that it might never be read. Yet, you might as well develop the best one that you can.

General Guidelines:

  1. Keep the letter to one page.
  2. Carefully proofread for any mechanical errors—spelling, punctuation, grammar, word choice, capitalization, complete sentences. Have a colleague who has excellent writing skills…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 12, 2020 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Screening Interviews: How It Really Works by Larry Aronstein

How is my resume screened? What is the screener really looking for? How does the screening process work? If I apply for a job and don’t hear back should I call? Although each district customizes their process, the variations are usually minor. So, how does it really work?

When you apply for a position, be prepared to wait. Don’t be a pest and call the personnel office to inquire about your status. They are…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on March 5, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

THE OLDER WORKER: AM I AN ATTRACTIVE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE? by Larry Aronstein

 

As an experienced career coach, I have found that at least 20% of my clients are over the age of 45. There is no telling how many so called “older workers” are so discouraged about their age that they reject even considering applying for a leadership job. My older clients ask: “I am an older candidate and feel that my age is working against me, how I compete against these 30-something year-olds?”…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 28, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Project Your Gravitas: Win the Job by Larry Aronstein

 

In interview situations, I’ve coached many school leaders and teachers about the importance of presenting oneself in a confident manner. Some refer to this as gravitas. Gravitas is the ability to project self-confidence, influence, credibility, and command respect. When you speak, others listen. Do not confuse gravitas with arrogance. People who project gravitas are thoughtful; they think before they speak and bring substance to the…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 26, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Getting a Teaching Job: When All Else Fails

Getting a Teaching Job: When All Else Fails by Larry Aronstein

         “I’ve done everything I can think of; now it’s the summer, and I still don’t have a job. What should I do now?” Well, this calls for extraordinary measures. Basketball coaches motivate their players as the game draws to an end and the score is still close by telling them, “Leave everything you’ve got on the court.” This means exhaust all possibilities. Most school leaders are on vacation during July and…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on July 29, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Superintendent of Schools Interview Questions by Larry Aronstein

 

  1. What do you anticipate being the most difficult types of problems that you will face in our district?
  2. What process will you use to build an effective leadership team?
  3. What strategies would you use when responding to a crisis?
  4. What steps do you go through in developing a District Budget?
  5. Assume that there is a serious need to improve buildings and grounds, how would you go about Capital Improvement Planning?
  6. What is your…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on December 3, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

THE ART OF TEACHING FOR UNDERSTANDING by LARRY ARONSTEIN

Candidates for leadership positions are often asked: “What do you look for in an excellent teacher?” My response to this question is the ability to teach for student understanding. The learning of knowledge and skill are at the core of education. We want students to deeply understanding the important concepts in all the subject areas. Understanding does not mean that a student can memorize and recite minute facts and demonstrate routine skills with very…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on October 2, 2018 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Being Interviewed by a Board of Education by Larry Aronstein

Being Interviewed by a Board of Education

 

 

Over the last several years boards of education have become more actively involved in interviewing and selecting candidates for leadership positions. State law dictates that only the Board can make personnel appointments. Of course, board members are elected officials and as such they have their own…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on May 21, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Resumes That Get You Interviews by Larry Aronstein

Resumes That Get You Interviews

Resumes and cover letters should be designed to get you an interview. If you’re a fairly well qualified candidate and you aren’t getting interviews, or if your rate of getting interviews is low, then your resume and cover letter are probably your problems. Well qualified candidates should be getting interviews at…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on April 9, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Dealing with Difficult and/or Resistant Staff

Dealing with Difficult and/or Resistant Staff

 

Every faculty has difficult and/or resistant people. I think that most supervisors would agree that dealing with them is the most challenging aspect of their job. Being a difficult person is a personality trait. Difficult people come in several varieties. They are often whiners, judgmental, opinionated, and negative. Resistant…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on March 27, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Inside Candidate by Larry Aronstein

The Inside Candidate

 

Should you even bother to apply for a job when you know that there are inside candidates? Can you beat out an insider? Are the cards already stacked against you? The short answer is that you should apply—there is nothing to lose. The actual status of the insider or insiders is unknown. The “powers that be”, the superintendent, board members, other administrators, may not favor the insider. The insider may have been on the wrong side of some…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on October 30, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

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