Wanting to get a job in the early childcare field, but unsure how to do this without experience? Here are a few tips.
Step one: Figure out what position you are looking for. For anyone starting out positions to look for are floater, substitute, or teacher assistance. These entry level positions are great for people who have not worked in the field before. You get a chance to teach with different age groups and learn how centers are run.
Step two: Prepare a resume. Preparing a resume without relevant experience that directors will not pass up can be difficult, but not impossible. When creating a cover letter explain how your past experience is adaptable to the childcare field. If you have any extracurricular activities or volunteer work where you learned relevant skills be sure to add them.
Step three: Post your resume on EcEdjobs.com. When you have your resume ready, put it on EcEdjobs.com for directors in the Austin area to view it. If you need help tailoring your resume to the Early Childhood field we can help! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step four: Get your food handlers card and CPR certification. Being proactive and showing initiative by getting these before the interview lets directors know that you are serious about wanting to be in the Early Childhood field.
Step five: Prepare for the interview. Begin by doing research on the center. General knowledge of their philosophy, curriculum and age groups that they teach can only be a plus. Be sure to have a few questions of your own. This can help you find out more information about the center and be sure that it is a good fit for you.
If you have any questions about being in the childcare field or would like to know specific questions to expect in the interview, email us for help.
Always remember, a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn goes a long way!