I love the Texas teacher job bank at http://tasanet.org/applications/careerce... It is entirely free to search, and it helped me find my job teaching in East Texas for next year. Good luck!
Do you currently live in Texas? You will need a Texas teaching certificate.
Here's the education service center that covers the Houston area. They have information like map of the region (good to help you learn the area), what districts are in the region (and links to get you to those sites, districts post jobs on their websites), a job bank.
First you have to be certified. If you are not certified, but you have a college degree, then you can get into what is called an alternative certification program. If you are wanting to teach highschool, become a coach. Most Texas schools would rather have a poor teacher who is a good coach than an amazing teacher who doesn't coach.
What types of tips are you looking for? Best places in Houston to apply? How to find out which districts have openings? How to get an interview? Interview tips?
I'm a third grade teacher and I've been on a few interview committees. A few thoughts--
1. If you've already applied to school districts, and aren't getting phone calls for interviews, then go directly into the schools you want to work at, introduce yourself to principals, and give them a paper copy of your resume. Why this works-- most principals have direct control over hiring (not HR offices). A principal is more likely to set up an interview for someone they've already MET before. If you go in and introduce yourself, he/she will (hopefully thing), "Nice person. I'd like to know more."
2. Be sure you cover letter stands out. Use color in your letterhead. Bold face any keywords. Use a bulleted list. It's not traditional, but it does make you stand out.
3. Make a teaching portfolio to take with you at an interview. Include lots of sample student work, pictures of your teaching experiences, a sample parent newsletter, and sample lesson plans, Even though many people do get jobs without portfolios, the portfolio will allow you to SHOW the interviewers that you have been doing the kinds of things they're looking for. It shows that you're not all talk-- that you actually are a good teacher.
4. There's a good book about finding teaching jobs that may be helpful to you. It's "Guide to Getting a Teaching Job" ( http://www.iwantateachingjob.com... ) It has 50 sample interview questions and answers, interview tips, cover letter and resume tips, best ways to look for a job, etc. Maybe it would be useful to you.
Good luck to you!!
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