Dr. Carolyn Edwards
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Land An Online Teaching Job
Learn From The Pros
Just 10 Simple Steps to Help You
Make Money Teaching from Home
New book from Dr. Carolyn Edwards provides answers to the most frequently asked questions of how to land an online teaching job and make money from home. Included are the techniques she used to teach online for the past ten years as well as tips, tools, techniques and guidelines from online hiring officials, experts, academic administrators and teaching professionals to give you just 10 Simple Steps to Get Your Resume Noticed and Land the Job.
The face of education is changing; you don’t have to do business as usual working 9 to 5 to do what you love. You can work from the comforts of your home or anywhere in the world using an internet connection.
- Have you tried to get an online teaching job without success?
- Want to get started but don’t know where to begin?
- Are you unemployed or underemployed?
- Do you want to work from home in your slippers?
- Can you see yourself getting paid while you teach at the beach?
Don’t go another minute without working smarter and taking action to find unlisted jobs, develop a winning resume, create a cover letter/email that gets your application to the top of the pile and make money by landing an online teaching job.
LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK
Every day do one thing to move you in the direction of your
dreams. – Dr. Carolyn Edwards
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will
be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. – James Allen
Over the past ten or so years I have received a multitude of inquiries from people wanting to know how I landed an online teaching job. It took so much time to answer each inquiry that I decided to write down not only my story but also the stories of others successfully teaching online. Although there is no particular secret, online teaching still eludes the vast majority of those who apply for such assignments. Many believe that they are not doing something right or that they don’t have access to the right information or people. This book presents ten simple steps to help you find online teaching opportunities; get your résumé noticed by recruiters and land the job. You learn not only how to teach online but also how to educate online, which opens up a great deal more opportunities. Just changing the word from “teaching” to “educating” will give you access to jobs in which you can facilitate, develop, and deliver educational content.
Information Awaits You
The information you need is already out there. If you put the energy and effort into making your dream of teaching online come true, you can indeed land such a job. However, there is a way to work smart, a way to get the inside track, a way to demonstrate your value to an organization. Be ready and willing to do the work. Invest in yourself, and don’t forget to do your homework.
The idea of teaching online is so much more than what you think and so much broader than what it was just a few years ago. The industry today encompasses a lot of opportunities not only to teach but also to educate. This means that you can teach, lecture, facilitate, coach, and develop curriculum while working online at home. To help you focus on the abundance of opportunities available, I will use a variety of words such as “educate,” “instruct,” “facilitate,” “develop,” and “teach online” throughout the book. These terms are used in the various job descriptions, and you need to cast your net wide to get the best results. That means you should look for not only online teaching jobs but also the plethora of jobs involving online education. I want you to you know that there are many opportunities to do what you love, and reading this book will help you to take advantage of them.
The Right Stuff
When you apply for a position, the goal should always be to demonstrate how you can help an organization to achieve its mission and goals. If I could give a single tip, it would be that when you apply for a job take the focus off you and shift it to how the organization can win by using you as an educator. Let me say it a different way. How can students succeed by having you as the instructor, designer, facilitator, or teacher? Answering this question will help you to develop a successful résumé and cover letter. Revising your application to address the requirements of the job takes a shift in thinking. When applying for a position, job seekers often think about their needs, wants, or desires, but those of the employer must be detailed in your application. Taking your ego out of the equation and focusing on the organization’s needs is the first step in becoming more effective at landing a job.
Many of you may be thinking, “It’s easy for her to say that there are jobs out there because she already has a doctorate,” but that is not quite the case. When I first started teaching, I didn’t have a Ph.D. or any experience as a college instructor, but what I did have was faith in my abilities to help students succeed. It doesn’t matter whether you have a Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D., or master’s degree. It doesn’t matter whether you have twenty years of experience or none at all. With that in mind, I nonetheless continue to get asked the same questions:
- Can you help me get an online job?
- I don’t know where to begin. Can you point me in the right direction?
- Can you review my résumé?
This book tells not only my story but also the stories of those successfully educating online and working from the comfort of home or anywhere in the world that has an Internet connection. You will read about those who didn’t have any teaching or online facilitation experience but who still were able to use common strategies such as networking and volunteering to land an online teaching job. It happens more often than you might think when you know where to look and have the necessary tools.