So, yes, there are jobs for teachers in Ontario. But school boards across the province
are in the unenviable position of having to recruit for those jobs, filling the yawning
void left by those whove opted for retirement.
Many boards are finally beginning to use the Internet to recruit. Certainly, some
boards have been using the net to supplement their advertising initiatives, but if
job-seeking teachers arent using the web to look for jobs, well, why bother?
"Build it and they will come" just doesnt work on-line.
But rather than simply abandoning the web as a means to recruit, we need to ask why
teachers arent using the net to look for jobs.
Yes, some teachers scour web sites. Some are even taking the gasp bold
step of e-mailing their resumes to employers. But there are 72 district school boards in
Ontario and job searching on-line can be painstakingly slow. There are just too many job
no sense of order to them. Its chaos for the most part. There is, thankfully, one
solution afoot that anyone looking for
a teaching job in Canada, or looking to fill a job, ought
Education Canadas (www.educationcanada.com)
one-stop teacher recruitment site is a step in the right direction. Columbus
Communications operates the B.C.-based site, with CASA, the Canadian Association of School
Administrators, as a partner.
Currently, five provinces are on-line with available jobs, including Ontario. The
remaining five are expected to join soon, and the site promises to be bilingual shortly.
The key, now, is to get all 72 district school boards in Ontario posting job openings.
The costs to boards should not be prohibitive compared to an ad in Canadas
"national newspaper." For school boards with fewer than 60,000 students, the
annual cost is roughly $5,000. Boards with fewer than 20,000 students pay $3,000 a year. A
one-year, unlimited recruitment site pays for itself almost immediately if it replaces
just one print ad.
Heres what makes this site so good for teachers: its easy to use. Computers
can do wonderful things; we all know that. But its when the computer turns something
complex into something simple that you begin to thank the computer gods.
The site is also free to teachers. You can look for jobs based on geographic locales,
yes, but you can also post your resume on-line for prospective employers to view. Adding
to the 5,000 resumes already on the sites data base, you set yourself up with a
unique username and password and copy and paste your resume into the on-line form. If you
can type and use a mouse, you can use this site.
Based on the type of job youre looking for, you can also receive automatic
notification by e-mail of any new job postings that go up. For those without an e-mail
account, or concerned about privacy issues, there are many web-based e-mail services that
are free, such as Hotmail (www.hotmail.com).
Without e-mail, you cant benefit from the automatic functions of the site, nor can a
prospective employer contact you quickly.
School boards are working hard to recruit only qualified teachers. Moving the strategy
forward by utilizing the Internet will certainly help, particularly with many of
Ontarios exceptional teachers teaching outside the country. Getting those teachers
to consider returning to Ontario can be more readily achieved now on-line. Newspaper ads
in the U.K. or Japan, for example, arent going to reach qualified Ontario teachers.
The web will.
Brad Ross is associate editor of Professionally Speaking and the
Colleges web editor. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.