Why become a teacher assistant

When you apply for a position as a teaching assistant, you want to have an application that stands out compared to the rest. Your application is the first impression of you and you will want to give a great first impression that will give you a chance for the position you desire. Here is what to expect when you go job hunting for a career as a teaching assistant.
What is the application process like?
More often than not, many people do not know what to expect when it comes to the application process. When it comes to applying to be a teaching assistant, you will need to go through a formal process that is very similar if not the same as a teacher. You will need to fill out an application and hand in a cover letter along with a resume. An interview will be conducted where you will answer questions from a person or a group of people and you may also be asked to work with a group of young adults or children for the employer to observe. It can be intimidating to be observed while you work but this is to assess your strengths and to see how you work.
Make sure that you fill out your application to its fullest potential. List all your strengths and abilities and when it comes times for the interview highlight these features. Be proactive and engage enthusiastically in your interview so you can make a great impression.
What skills do employers look for in a teaching assistant?
There are definitely some skills and traits employers and organizations will for when it comes to a teaching assistant. While some make look for unique skills such as being multi-lingual, a majority of employers have a certain set of skills and characteristics they are looking for. Most need teacher assistants who have adequate skills in reading, writing, and math. They also need candidates to have great communication skills, oral and written, organization skills, patience, flexibility, creativity, and the ability to handle groups of different personalities with as little stress and trouble as possible. If you have more than two of these skills then you are a potential candidate who can be a great teacher assistant.
What type of experience should be included in the application?
Many employers welcome those with some sort of field experience. Whether or not it was paid or volunteer work, if you have worked with adolescents or young children, it is something you should mention in your application. Make sure to list what your duties were and of course include a reference who can account for your duties. You will probably be asked questions during your interview about your past experience so make sure you speak positively about the experience and also try to display how you would apply the things you learned in your past experience to this job and experience. Employers typically like candidates who can take what they learned from their past job and use it to apply to be better at their next job.
Sources:
1. https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6168800
2. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/teacher-assistants.htm

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