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WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR AND HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF by Larry Aronstein

WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR AND HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF

 

Everything you write and say should contribute to building an attractive and effective narrative. Your narrative is the story you tell about yourself as a candidate. This includes your resume and cover letter, how you present yourself physically, your answers to the interviewers’ questions, the questions you ask, your letters of reference, and what your references say…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on April 20, 2019 at 4:15pm — No Comments

The Screening Interview by Larry Aronstein

How is my resume screened? What is the screener really looking for? How do screening committees make decisions? 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…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on March 29, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

THE COVER LETTER by Larry Aronstein

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

General Guidelines:

  1. Keep the letter to one page.
  2. Carefully proof read for any mechanical errors—spelling, punctuation, grammar, word choice, capitalization, complete sentences. Have a colleague who has excellent writing skills proof…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on February 22, 2019 at 11:51am — No Comments

Questions to Ask When Closing the Deal by Larry Aronstein

Questions to Ask When Closing the Deal

 

You have survived three interviews and are now down to one of three candidates. Your last stop is with the Superintendent of Schools and two of the Assistant Superintendents. They are going to ask you, “Do you have any questions for us?”…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on February 9, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS THAT REQUIRE MY SECRET ANSWERS by Larry Aronstein

 

I have been coaching school leaders and aspiring leaders in preparation for their interviews for about eight years. My clients frequently ask me questions that no one else seems to be able to provide effective answers. Here are some of those questions:

 

  1. I don’t think I will get a positive recommendation from my supervisor, what can I do?
  2. I am an older candidate and feel that my age is working against me, how do I deal with…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 17, 2019 at 11:13am — No Comments

Workshop Announcement: Get Your Leadership Job

Nassau BOCES -- March 7th from 3:45 to 5:15...Find our Larry Aronstein's secrets to getting your leadership job

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 10, 2019 at 6:34pm — No Comments

DR. ARONSTEIN ANNOUNCES ANNUAL WORKSHOP

ANNOUNCING: Dr. Aronstein presents his hour and a half "How to Get a Leadership Job" only once each year. Registration is limited, so register soon. Thursday, March 7th from 3:45 to 5:15 at Nassau BOCES.

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10056&I=2988991

Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on December 15, 2018 at 11:00am — 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

Ten Rules on How to Not Mess Up Your Interview by Larry Aronstein

 

  1. Don’t talk too much. Answer each question within two to two and one-half minutes. Give one good example. The panel is working within a tight schedule. Nobody likes a chatter box. If they want to hear more, they will ask you to elaborate.
  2. Answer the question. Stick to the interviewers’ questions. Stay on topic.…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 10, 2018 at 3:00pm — 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

NEW LEADERS: 12 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

You got your new leadership job. Now what? What can you do on day one to maximize your success in your new position? You have been a successful teacher who enjoyed a reputation of being friendly, warm and collegial. Now, as an entry-level administrator (assistant principal, chairperson, coordinator, dean), you are expected to deal effectively with teachers who in some cases may be more experienced than you and who may be resistant to your leadership, and…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on August 7, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

ADVICE TO NEW LEADERS by Larry Aronstein

ADVICE TO NEW LEADERS

 

Here is a typical message I get from new school leaders at the beginning of each school year:

 

“I wanted to touch base with you as I had a few questions and value your insight.  I had a very successful year.  Being a leader is certainly a challenge, but I learned a lot and have a good teaching staff with which to work. Do you have any advice for year two or three?

  

(1) How, in your experiences, do…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on July 20, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

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

Getting a Teaching Job: When All Else Fails

        

         “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,…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on June 18, 2018 at 10:48am — No Comments

YOUR CANDIDACY: WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR AND HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF by Larry Aronstein

YOUR CANDIDACY: WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR AND HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF

 

Everything you submit in writing and say contributes to building an attractive and effective narrative, that is a story and picture of yourself as a candidate. This includes your resume and cover letter, how you present yourself, your answers to the interviewers’ questions, the…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on June 1, 2018 at 10:00am — 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

The Likeability Factor by Larry Aronstein

Your most important asset as an interviewee is your likeability. Likeability can 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…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on May 3, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Interviewing: Do You Need to Be Coached? by Larry Aronstein

Interviewing: Do You Need to Be Coached?

 

Trying to get a leadership job is very much like a horse race. Recently, a school district posted an ad for an assistant principal. They received more than 150 applicants, met with 20 for a pre-screening interview, and then a hiring committee interviewed 8 semi-finalists. The Kentucky Derby had 16 horses “run…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on April 18, 2018 at 12:09pm — 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

Projecting Your Gravitas: A Key to Winning the Job by Larry Aronstein

Projecting Your Gravitas: A Key to Winning the Job

In interview situations, I’ve coached many school leaders and teachers about the importance of presenting oneself in a confident manner. Many refer to this as gravitas. Someone with gravitas projects self-confidence, influence, credibility, and commands respect. When you speak, others listen. Do not confuse gravitas with arrogance.…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on March 15, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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