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NEW YORK TEACHER JOB HUNTING TIPS & ADVICE

Finding a teaching job in New York doesn't have to be difficult. Especially considering most school districts are anxious to find enthusiastic professionals willing to head up classrooms.

First, make sure you know the state's certification requirements for teachers. Most teachers are required to take the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) for their initial teaching license. Go to the New York State Education Department's website (www.nysed.gov) for guidance on which NYSTCE tests you must take.

Once you have a plan to meet state certification requirements, you can begin looking for a teaching position. Two of the best websites for finding open teaching positions are the New York Department of Education (www.nysed.gov) and the On-line Application System for Educators (www.olasjobs.org). Both of these sites allow teachers to apply for jobs directly through the sites.

Once you get called for an interview, prepare ahead of time for the most common interview questions. Peruse About.com's Job Searching site (www.jobsearch.about.com) for dozens of great articles about performing during your teaching interview.

It's also a good idea to have an idea of what is a reasonable salary for someone with your experience in the position. Before the interview, familiarize yourself with New York teacher salaries on our salary page.

Sometimes, despite doing everything right, you still won't get the job. Don't take it personally and try not to get discouraged. There are dozens of valid reasons why a school chooses to go with one candidate over another, and most aspiring teachers interview with several schools before they're offered their first job teaching in New York.

Last Updated: 05/15/2014