A resume is a self-marketing tool showcasing your skills, experiences, and accomplishments. Its main purpose is to convince a potential employer to invite you for an interview and consider you for a position. Note that a resume differs from a CV (curriculum vitae) – CVs are more comprehensive (3+ pages) and typically used for academia. Regardless, both your resume and/or CV should be relevant, look professional, and authentically represent you.
Cover letters are letters of application that supplement and accentuate information on the resume. They should be written with the reader’s interest in mind. Cover letters motivate the reader to want to learn more about you. They should never be or appear generic or mass produced, rather tailored to the position for which you are applying. Direct particular attention toward specific skills and use concrete examples. It is the first document an employer sees, so it is often the first impression you will make.
A Statement of Philosophy is a reflective piece, generally one page long that summarizes your core educational beliefs. The statement may explain why you chose teaching as a career or describe essential goals that you hope to accomplish in your classroom. Since the Statement of Philosophy also serves as a writing sample, it must demonstrate mastery of spelling, grammar and other rules of written English.
Writing a thank you letter after a job interview is a must. In fact, some employers think less of those interviewees who fail to follow-up promptly.
Case interviews are designed to test your ability to think critically, logically, and creatively. Typically during the interview, you will be provided with a real world dilemma. You will be expected to discuss and analyze the situation, identify key issues, and ultimately recommend a solution. Remember, the employers are interested less in whether you arrive at the “right” answer and more about the process you use to get there.
How to Excel at the Case Interview:
Before the interview, practice solving sample questions. (Below) Connect with TC-OHDCC which provides practice for its members.
During the case interview, listen closely to the question, then summarize the question and goals out loud.
Ask thoughtful clarifying questions to get additional information and to maintain a dialogue with the interviewer.
Talk through your analysis out loud, but think before you speak.
Break down the problem to determine the root cause and how to target it effectively.
Take notes and brainstorm.
Manage your time and keep the end goal in mind. Don’t be distracted by the details.
Demonstrate a positive attitude and the ability to remain calm under pressure.
Be creative and logical in your problem solving.
Communicate clearly. Articulate your thoughts and answers confidently.
An interactive case interview prep tool for consulting jobs
Case Interview Tips
Overview and step-by-step interview preparation tips
Examples of Questions
The City of New York has asked our organization to review the possibility of implementing a city-paid health care system for the residents of New York City. We were asked to research and evaluate the city government's ability to implement and to fund this program. What positive and negative factors should be considered prior to implementation? How would funding for this program be generated?
How would you determine the number of spinning salads consumed by Teachers College students at during the week of final exams?
How many golf balls are used in the PGA Tour each year?
If you were President of the College, would you recommend the campus move to a 4-day class schedule or remain on its current 5-day schedule? In your analysis, provide specific examples to articulate your decision.
"A restaurant owner is setting up a new restaurant and is making a decision on the facilities to place in the restrooms for customers to dry their hands. Initial research suggests that she has three options – paper towels, roller towels, and hot air dryers. She needs to decide today. What should she consider in her decision making process?"
Networking is relationship building and a lot of networking takes place at Academic Conferences. Whether it is with people you already know or with professionals you have yet to meet, networking is essential to a successful job search. By creating connections with people you can uncover the “hidden job market” and learn of positions that may not be formally posted.