Resume & Cover Letter 101
Even before you even think about your cover letter, you need a strong resume to build upon! TFA has some sample resumes for you to help build yours out, as well as a resume guide and resume toolkit with a list of great action verbs. Additionally, if you need help translating teaching into other skills, check out this resource from LEE. Watch this video to get some more resume tips.
Your cover letter is a sales pitch that can help illuminate skills and experiences you cannot articulate on your resume, which will help you land an interview. Here’s Teach For America’s Cover Letter 101.
Need career exploration support? Take some time to complete this Career Aspiration Reflection. Once you've completed the reflection, talk it through with a trusted friend, mentor, or supervisor? Additionally, feel free to set up some time with the Director of Alumni Support, Marieljane Bastien (MA '13).
Careers After TFA: 2CMs
After two years in the classroom, you’ve had the chance to make a difference with students and your peers. You might be feeling energized and more driven than ever to continue to perfect your craft in a school-based role. You may also be feeling like you’re ready to step outside of the classroom and continue your impact and your leadership in a different way. It takes a broad coalition of folks doing all kinds of work impacting children in our communities to make changes towards a more equitable future for the next generation. Regardless of your long-term plan, we’re here to support you. If you're a South Coast or Greater Boston corps member, connect with Marieljane Bastien to talk about next steps in your career. If you're a Western Mass corps member, reach out to Katrina Turner.
Are you actively looking for a role or are just curious about the opportunities that are out there in the education space? Our TFAM Job Board includes both school-based opportunities at our partner schools and non-school-based opportunities at mission-aligned education organizations.
If interested in applying to any of the school-based roles on the job board, be sure to reach out to Marieljane!
Interviewing can be stressful but it doesn't have to be! Here are a few tips to ensuring you have a strong interview:
Learn as much as you can about the organization. Check out their website! Reach out to Maireljane and see if there is an alum at the organization that would be willing to connect!
Prepare for common interview questions.
Make a list of questions to ask your interviewer. Remember, you're also interviewing the organization to see if they are a good fit for you! Also be sure the questions you ask, can't be answered by looking at their website!
Considering school leadership but unsure where to start? Click here to learn about the different pathways to school leadership. Also, click here to learn about school leadership programs in Massachusetts!
Teach for America has a number of partnerships with graduate schools around the US. These schools offer benefits (scholarships, deferment options, and waived application fees, etc.) to TFA Corps Members and alums. You can find the list of those schools here.
Click here to learn about the three universities in Massachusetts with many Teach for America Alums!