Aspiring educators get job hunting tips

Students interested in the education field learned resume tips and more at an online event March 10. 

The event, “Interview Prep for Educational Careers,” had about 20 virtual participants, many of whom were in the LaFetra College of Education’s teaching credential program.

The talk focused on job prospects in the Los Angeles Unified School District and was guided by Ivette Beltran, Los Angeles Unified School District talent acquisition specialist. Beltran offered insight on how to prepare for teaching jobs.

Beltran also told attendees that she would conduct initial interviews and would potentially forward their resumes to schools where their skills and training were a good match.

Beltran began the event with tips for resume writing.

“If you have experience in the field for the job you’re applying for, lead with that in your resume,” Beltran said. “You would be surprised how many times I need to inform candidates to lead with their student teaching… List your relevant work experience and skills that make you stand out.”

Questions included basic resume and credential concerns and more.

“If a school is interested in hiring with an emergency credential, is that an option?” asked Evelyn Batres, a graduate student in the educational counseling program.

An emergency credential is a one-year permit issued to people who are entering the teaching profession but have not yet completed all their requirements for the actual credential, Beltran explained. 

 Beltran advised people to not be afraid to jump on opportunities as they arise. 

“Don’t let anything hold you up. Apply now,” Beltran said.

—Joslyn Aguilar

Joslyn Aguilar, a junior communications major, is a staff writer for the Campus Times.

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