Senior year, we had a seminar which was to help us create a resumé. So, I had a resumé created, but it clearly wasn't working for me. I decided in this day and age that I should create some sort of online resumé. So, I did what everyone does, googled teaching resumé websites. I combined all of the ideas and created: sites.google.com/site/elizabethschmidtccu.
Creating my website actually made my life easier. Since most districts are now using online application systems. This allowed principals to go directly to everything they needed to see, without downloading anything to their computers.
On my webpage, I included:
- My resumé (Duh)
- My Educational Platform - just a basic set of beliefs on education
- Evaluations from my cooperating teacher and university supervisor during student teaching
- Letters of recommendation from my AP, University Supervisor, and Cooperating Teacher
- Lesson Plans
- And a separate section for leadership roles I held during college (I added this because I didn't include all of them on my resumé)
After I started this webpage, I began seeing principals at interviews having it up on their iPads or even printed out in front of them. One principal I had interviewed with, forwarded my information to my now principal and only had to send a website, instead of a stack of paper.
Not only was it a time saver for me, my website clearly made the process more efficient for principals. 47 applications, 2 job fairs, 3 phone interviews, 5 personal interviews, 4 follow-up interviews, and 1 very awkward Skype interview later and I am a 5th grade teacher.