Effective Cover Letters for Teaching Jobs Abroad

When you are getting serious about landing a teaching job abroad you need to consider how you are going to do it. Are you going to register with a international teaching job fair organiser like Search-Associates? Are you going to register with The International Educator (TIE) and get international teaching job alerts emailed to you daily? Are you going to trawl the internet for vacancies?

Whichever strategy or combination of strategies you choose to implement you will need to write an effective cover letter that sells you as the ideal candidate.

A great cover letter draws the recruiter in and leads them through your information and inspires them to look at your resume. It introduces you, outlines your experience and states why you are the best candidate for their position.

When writing your cover letter keep these suggestions in mind and you will increase the effectiveness of your letter:

Differentiate

While most recruiters are clued up enough to know that you are probably applying to more than just their international school, it is not good practice to make it obvious. When you write your cover letter you should include a sentence or two about why you want to teach at their school. Reasons you may include are; you have experience in the curricula offered, your children have experience in the curricula offered, you like teaching in small (big, single sex, co-ed) schools, or you have heard positive things about the school from other international teachers.

When you are differentiating you letter, address it to the recruiter if you can find their name on the website or from the advertisement and include the name of the school and location. These small, easy to implement ideas are the key to making each recruiter feel special and show them that you are interested in a job at ‘their’ school.

Be Selective and Adjust Accordingly

If you are job hunting as a teaching couple you need to have a couple of cover letters, or have paragraphs that you can cut and paste to make sure it is targeted. As a teaching couple you will ideally want to get a job at a school that has vacancies in your main teaching subjects. However, you may not be so lucky.

Teaching couples should lead with the strongest candidate and emphasise the experience and flexibility of the other teacher. For example, if you are a teaching couple with secondary maths and an elementary generalist you can apply for schools with openings in either of these areas. For an international school with a vacancy in the elementary school you would outline this person’s experience first and then you would discuss the maths teacher’s experience both in maths, in leadership, in extra curricula activities, etc. And vice versa if you find a school that has a maths vacancy.

Often school recruiters will do some ‘creative shuffling’ if they find a teaching couple they think will suit the school especially well.

Short is Best

Keep your cover letter short; leave …

Speakers & Trainers – Making Money in the Summer

As a trainer and speaker, particularly if you work with teachers, administrators, librarians, or other school district personnel, you may have the same question that was posted on my blog recently:

For those of us who work primarily with schools, what are some options we have for making money during the summer months? Especially if money is still a concern, this could be a stressful time. Ideas or suggestions?

1. Summer school presentations

Summer school sessions will be starting by early to mid-June and will continue through most of the summer. Contact the principals who are in charge of the various summer schools in your area and offer the type of workshops, presentations, consulting that you can do for them. I think this is an untapped area. These teachers need support as they work through the summer, possibly with some difficult situations, and when they, as teachers, have had very little break.

2. Camps

Look out, it's camp season coming right up! There are camps that are as short as a few days and the ones that last for 2 months and there are camps of every type and in every state. Do a Google search and see what you can find out. The camp counselors and the children / young adults could use ideas, support, presentations, etc. Do not delay if this sounds interesting to you.

3. Colleges & universities

This (like many of these) has several possibilities. You could do something for students. You could do something for faculty. You could do something at a "Kids University" that is a special summertime event. You could do something for staff at the university / college. Get on line and find out what is happening this summer at the colleges and universities near where you live (or where you'd like to go). Start making contacts. Definitely think outside the box on this one (that's a tired phrase … but you know what I mean).

4. Churches or other religious organizations

In the summertime, many churches and other religious groups have the equivalent of "Vacation Bible School." So I'd explore that option. There are many that volunteer their time for things like this, but having a professional come in and do something is a special treat, so check into that option. Also with religious organizations, there are always singles groups, parent groups, other folks who want to learn – and you can be there to teach them (and charge for that).

5. Year-round schools

Since many parts of the country now have year-round schools, summer takes on a whole new meaning. You have schools that are closing out one year in May or June and starting the next one in June or July (or August). Pretty much, in the "year-round-school world," there's always an opportunity for workshops and training and organizing (or whatever it is that you do). I am doing a back-to-school workshop for a school in June and another for a different school in July. You can, too.

Since …

What's a Career as a Mechanical Engineer Like?

Many engineers specialize in mechanical engineering. This subset of engineering revolves around the application of physical principles for mathematical analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. The industry is divided up into smaller areas of focus: mechanics, kinematics or movement, and the energy of physical objects. Let's take a look at what makes a career as a mechanical engineer so rewarding.

Challenging Work

Mechanical engineers use their knowledge of force, heat, mass and energy in design structures. They help research, design, test, create, maintain and monitor heating & cooling systems, vehicles and aircraft, bridges, buildings, machinery, industrial equipment and more.

A key focus in mechanical engineering is optimization. Work as a mechanical engineer focuses on optimizing ease and durability in projects, costs, safety and usefulness. Some tools frequently used by mechanical engineers for manufacturing projects are: CAD / CAM, CFD, FEA, milling machines, robots, CNCs and lathes.

Career Tidbits

The following list includes a few bits of interesting information about the field of mechanical engineering:

– Work as a mechanical engineer is generally 40 hours per week, but may be more, especially under tight deadlines and heavy workloads. The daily tasks often involve work outside an office and in the field.

– The best mechanical engineers enjoy solving complex problems. They are true innovators.

– You will need at least a Bachelor's degree to qualify for a position as a mechanical engineer. Most accredited colleges and universities offer specialized programs in mechanical engineering.

– Job opportunities for mechanical engineers are planned to increase at a faster than average rate through 2014.

– The average salary for engineers in 2002 was reported at $ 65,000. Top engineers earn over $ 90,000 per year. A mechanical engineer just out of college would earn an average of $ 40,000 per year.

– Mechanical engineers commonly wind up working in corporations or for the government.

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and hottest tasks in the engineering field. …

Will Confidence Help To Make New Friends In College?

A while back, I was at a house party. I arrived with some friends. On the way to the house party we ran into another crew of people. The leader of that crew was very confident. He was louder than everyone, he kept egging on some of the guys in my crew just for the sake of causing drama. It was all in good fun. He put all of us into a good mood.

When we all got to the house, the party was not very exciting. Some people were dancing in a comatose fashion by themselves, one or two other people were "grinding", but that was it. Our crew of people were more excited to get to the party than the people who were in the party.

This confident guy I spoke about grabbed the cutest girl he could find. Dragged her to the dance floor, and immediately started "daggering" her. If you do not know what this is, it's a Jamaican dance move. Look it up on YouTube right now, and you'll understand exactly why everyone at the party immediately amped up their excitement by at least 1000%.

I was taken off my guard, (I rarely expect other guys to out do me at the party), so I was the second guy to grab a cute girl and we took the boring party, and turned it into one of the most electrifying bash I've seen in University.

When people are around someone with confidence, they feel relieved. It's like they have permission to do the things that they wanted to do in the first place. This is literally what people me when they say, "He was the life of the party." Without that confident guy, people would not feel like they had permission do have the fun that they were having.

People are silently looking to be lead, that's why when you have confidence, people follow you. There is a direct correlation between confidence and leadership. As the party went on, I noticed that EVERYONE in the room was looking at my confident friend. If he did something, that meant that they could too … However, while everyone was looking at my friend friend, he never noticed them, he only focused on himself. Confident people have the ability to forget outside circumstances and focus on only on themselves. They can do what the famous spiritual author Eckhart Tolle calls, "be present".

Being present, allows you to have that full confidence that other people admire you for. It is the opposite of being self conscious – or caring what other people think. Spiritual leaders have all sorts of weird esoteric methods for being present. I will teach you how, without getting to complicated.

Confidence and insecure are the opposite ends of the same spectrum. Do not try to get from one end to the other. This is too difficult. When you feel insecure at a party, just try to get to the half way point of the spectrum. That …

College Football Week # 1

Tennessee Back In This Doghouse

I have never gone broke underestimating Phillip Fulmer.

Over the last four seasons, the University of Tennessee has been one of the most vexing college football powerhouses in the nation. They were loaded on defense and had a potential interest quarterback tandem in '05, and went 5-6. They had an absolutely dominating indemnity led by Casey Clausen, but could not stop Auburn and lost a weird home game to Notre Dame in '04. Since the '98 national championship season, UT has gone 61-26 straight-up, but 2-4 in bow games (they failed to reach a bowl last year) and have been a dreadful 4-16 against the number in home games since 2003. Indeed, if there's one thing you could count on last season, it was that Tennessee would be too highly valued against the spread, especially in Knoxville.

Into this break step the Cal Golden Bears, who travel to Knoxville this weekend to meet Tennessee as a two-point underdog. Cal had terrible troubles at quarterback last season and went a disappointing 8-4, after coming within six points against USC from registering an undefeated regular season in 2004. If Joe Ayoob stays on the bench, I think Cal is a much better team, and from the sound of it, last year's presumptive starter, Nate Longshore, who broke his leg during the Bears' first game of '05, should helm the team this year. There's no question who the running back is: it's Marshawn Lynch, who's averaged 7.0 yards per carry in his first two seasons in Berkeley. I have visions of the Vols' once-destructive run defense being unable to stop Memphis's two backup rushers last season (Joseph Doss carried it 17 times for 77 yards; Maurice Avery carried it 18 times for 72 yards), so it's not unthinkable that Lynch could pick up where he left off in '05 (for the record, where he left off was a 24-carry, 194-yard Las Vegas Bowl performance against BYU last year).

Cal was crummy against the last last season (2-9-1), but I'm betting that a lot of that had to do with Ayoob, who looks like a nice guy, but was way too erratic for Jeff Tedford's wild-and -crazy offensive game plans. Now Ayoob's the backup again; Longshore is your dropback guy who will not make the big mistake, and I'm not sure I can say the same about UT QB Eric Ainge, who has that job all to himself this year. Tennessee fans are absolutely awesome, and Knoxville is an incredibly difficult place to play, but I think Fulmer will find a way to lose this game. UT is 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 against non-conference foes, and California is 9.4-1 against the number in their last 14 as a road dog. I'm not sure exactly how much business Lynch will be able to do, because this Tennessee defense should still be pretty good against the run (that Memphis game notwithstanding). But I think the Golden Bears …

Training Company To Learn Affiliate Marketing – Wealthy Affiliate University

In recent years, affiliate marketing has caught and eye of a lot of people. Being the newbies, people will try to learn affiliate marketing on their own. I will tell you that that is impossible, I learned the affiliate marketing by following the step by step training provided by Wealthy Affiliate University. I tried learning on my own and I realized that it is not the way to go. You need training to learn affiliate marketing because with a strong foundation you will build your business! Without it you will give up sooner or later. If you learn the funds of affiliate marketing, in two months you will most likely be on your way to success! Of course, as long as you are willing to put some work into it.

There are a lot of eBooks written that promise to train you to become successful affiliate marketer. Once you buy one eBook, you will have to buy another one. Once you buy that one, you will have to buy yet another and another. The reason behind it is simple … That is the way they are making money! Fact is, eBooks will only give you a small piece of the whole puzzle. You need the full puzzle with all pieces to make your affiliate marketing business successful. Again, you need training to learn affiliate marketing. Do not get me wrong! There are some great eBooks out there, but again, only small pieces of the puzzle.

Some statistics show that only 3-5% of affiliate marketers are actually successful! It is a scary number. I would say that 25% do not succeed because they think it is very easy and they are not willing to put any work into it. I believe another 25% do not have the skills to make it in this business (tried to learn on their own), and I believe that the rest 45-47% is fighting to make it a success. In coming years that 3-5% number will change for sure. There will be more successful Affiliate Marketers. A lot of people were scammed before and brave up. In coming years the government will have a hand in Internet business practices. This alone will help many people be a lot more successful because there will be a lot less scam. …

Most Affordable Distance Learning MBA Degrees

The experience is something most professionals and full-time MBA students will never appreciate. The friendships built through an intense environment will last forever, and have led to an invaluable network through the industry. With study tours, the Online MBA in IT course work turns the world into a global campus. Study tours are part of the curriculum and requirement for graduation. Students meet and learn from businessmen and women, government officials and politicians, and senior members of the corporate world. Courses such as cross cultural negotiations, critical operational analysis, global communications, corporate leadership, and business strategy are taught in the boardroom of Lufthansa Airlines in Germany, a GE power processing factory in Budapest, Hungary, or the halls of British Parliament. Classes begin on the chalkboard back home but absolutely finish on the shop floor next to a computer assembly line in Beijing, China. Intense class discussions combined with electronic case studies, case analysis, guests lecturing, and hand son consulting projects are often held on location in the territory under study.

Every semester, in addition to the traditional MBA students who had taken time off from their corporate life to enroll in the distance learning MBA program, I would find one or two students who were clearly "outliers" to these main corporate types-for example, a physician, an attorney, an executive director from a nonprofit organization, or a small business owner or entrepreneur. It did not take long to realize this trend was an Indicator of an under interest, and need, for these well-educated professional swell trained in the education of their profession-to learn about the business side of their professional lives.

Special to Duke was the global emphasis. International business practices are best absorbed in an international environment. The fact that the program facilitated the visitation of local or multinational companies, and sponsored speakers from local businesses or government officials, can not be replicated in a classroom in Durham, North Carolina. There is no traditional MBA program that can address practical business problems and then experience them in a local environment. Louis holds classes on campus at the modern five-story, 135,000-square-foot facility. The Center offers EMBA students elegant accommodations, dining, lounge, a fitness center, a pub, and a business center under one roof. Similarly, Ford ham University hosts classes in Manhattan at the Lincoln Center campus and three weekend residential at a beautiful conference center less than a half-hour? S drive from the city in Tarry town, When the reserve calls for being on the actual campus of the corporation, the classroom is held in the corporate boardroom and lodging at a contracted hotel nearby. When the corporate boardroom becomes the classroom students meet with senior officers from the host company, sometimes with the CEO or CFO, tour the facility, and lunch with employees. When classes are held at the corporation, anything is possible. It is not unusual for Larry Ellison, Bill Gates or Michael Eisner to check in on a class and answer a few questions. …

Students: Get The Grade You Want At University

How to get the grade you wish for. A 2: 1 is what the vast majority of top organizations and employers look out for. Although if you get a 2: 2 and you have a good reason for it then you will be absolutely fine. Great reasons could include:

– Acquiring some decent of work experience at university.
– Illness.
– You died in your final year of uni.

That's more or less it. So you better really pray you have the first reason!

Do not be afraid if you're not the most intellectual of students. We'll show you that you can still get the job you want with bundles of energy and a great working mindset. In this we'll give you a quick guide of how to stay on track for a 2: 1.

Getting this grade is essentially direct to the consequent factors:

1. Time management (not leaving essays till the night before).
2. Asking your lecturer when you're not clear on what needs to be done.
3. Experiencing a good group surroundings and work ethic in your class.
4. Not being influenced by others. Be your own person.

Do all this and you'll come out with at least a 2: 1.

Let's break it down ..

Time management is significant. Procrastination: A student's favorite activity. Unequivocally, you must have your 'lay back and chill' time or 'lets go out and have a few drinks' time. We are all for that at, but our motto is, 'PLAY HARD AND WORK HARD'. This suggests doing your work as speedily as possible to enable you to go out there and enjoy yourself. University is all about that and it bought to be the best time of your life.

University is hard on organizing yourself, you are likely will have to do the following …

– Plan your work to fulfill deadlines.
– Maintain your job activities to 15 hours a week
– Position your social life around your studies.
– Set up a balance between work, study, social life and other family obligations.
– Plan ahead for your future, through the term and after university.

Buy a Cheap Filing System. Pop down to WHSmith and see what student offers they have. Get folders or trays for each element of your degree and file them away competently. Some students like to buy ring binders or plastic pockets, just get whatever floats your boat and keep it organized.

Note taking. First on our list, contemplating getting a laptop if you have not currently got one. Not everyone will reckon you are a posh little geek should you have one. Plus you'll have more effective notes than everyone (as long as you can type fast). Laptops start from around £ 300. If you really do not want to splash out on a laptop then you want to get your own system of note taking. Generally speaking, respect these rules: 1. Listen carefully. 2. Take down the most important points. 3. Avoid writing the …

Institutional Reforms In The Higher Education Sector Of Mozambique And Ethical Issues

The need to eradicate poverty through increased literacy

One of the central goals defined by the Government of Mozambique in its long-term development strategy is “poverty reduction through labour-intensive economic growth”. The highest priority is assigned to reduce poverty in rural areas, where 90 percent of poor Mozambicans live, and also in urban zones. The Government recognizes also that, for this development strategy on poverty eradication to succeed, expansion and improvement in the education system are critically important elements in both long-term and short-term perspectives.

In the long term, universal access to education of acceptable quality is essential for the development

of Mozambique´s human resources, and the economic growth will depend to a significant extend on the education and training of the labour force. It is very important to develop a critical mass of well trained and highly qualified workforce which in turn will improve the overall literacy, intellectual development, training capacity and technical skills in various areas of the country’s economic and industrial development.

In the short term, increased access and improved quality in basic education are powerful mechanisms for wealth redistribution and the promotion of social equity. This policy is consistent with the provisions of the new Constitution of Mozambique adopted on 16 November 2004, in its articles 113 and 114 which deal respectively with education and higher education. Around the year 1990, the Government of Mozambique decided to change its social, economic and political orientation system from the centrally-planned system inherited from the communist era and adopted a western-style of free market system. At the same time, it was also decided to adopt fundamental changes in the education programmes. Since drastic changes and wide ranging effects were resulting from the adoption of the new economic and political orientation, it was necessary to provide new guidelines and rules governing the management of institutions of higher education.

The struggle continues: “a luta continua” !

The economic and political changes were progressively introduced with success through legislative and regulatory reforms. However, it has not been very easy to evenly change rules of social and cultural behaviour. In particular, vulnerable younger generations are the most affected by the rapid changes in society, while the reference model and values they expect from elder people in the modern Mozambican society seem to be shifting very fast. And in some instances, there seem to be no model at all. The new wave of economic liberalism in Mozambique, better defined by the popular concept of “deixa andar”, literally meaning “laisser-faire”, was mistakenly adopted as the guiding principle in the areas of social, cultural and education development.

The “laisser-faire” principle is better understood by economists and entrepreneurs in a system of open market and free entrepreneurship, under which the Government’s intervention is reduced to exercising minimum regulatory agency. The recent considerable economic growth realized by the Government of Mozambique (10% of successive growth index over four years) is attributed mainly to this free market policy. This principle should be carefully differentiated from “laisser-aller” which, in French …

Make Money Online

Where ever you are and whatever you do, money is always needed to buy food, shelter and clothing as well as other important things that we need. For us to have money, we work hard to provide for ourselves as well as for our family. Some of us might engage into business to have extra income to support our daily needs.

But when it comes to business, there are hundreds of types of business that we can engage to and one of this is the online business. This is one of the most successful at the same time very competitive way of doing business.

Large companies as well as small businesses are now engaging into this business since they have found out that it is one of the most convenient at the same time less cost than the usual businesses. All you need to have is the product; own computer and internet connection and your business can run 24/7.

Search Engine Optimization or SEO plays a big part in online business. If you can drive traffic to your websites and convert prospect costumers to buy your products, it will be huge leap in your business career. Yes, everyone can start their own business as long as they have the money, but it is not everyone who comes out a winner in this business.

But creating this type of business may be simple and easy but without the basics and enough knowledge in this business, it is very complicated. Why? Online business involves a lot of techniques at the same time software to help you and your website get noticed. With a competition of up to a million, you will have a lot of problem getting noticed.

With the right tools and techniques used, you will get through the first hurdle of getting noticed. Fast Track Cash is one of the SEO tools that is used by thousands of online marketers who have been trying to get pass other websites and hopefully get noticed.

So before you start creating your websites and buy all the software you can get online, you first need to have the basic background in online business. This is not to scare you from having your own business, but this is to help you understand what really an online business is and be successful in making money online…