19. Applying to and interviewing for jobs in education with Barb McLean

What is the one thing that you should never be afraid to say in a job interview? Today Barb McLean sits down to talk to me about the business of school.

Barb McLean is a legend in my books. For many years she has served The Bishop Strachan School as the assistant head of Human Resources and professional growth––which basically means that she is responsible for all of the “adult issues” in the building.

I have wanted to sit down with Barb since I started this podcast. I am so happy that Barb took the time to chat and let me  tap into her well spring of knowledge on the experience of applying for and interviewing for jobs in education before she began her retirement the very next day. They very fact that she was happy to record an episode while I’m sure she had so many other things to finish up is a clear testament to how much she values people, this profession, and continual  learning.

I so loved this conversation. We talked about how to make a resume and cover letter stand out, how can make a cover letter work for you, some crucial interview do’s and don’ts, as well as some key reflections Barb has had about diversity, equity, and inclusion in her profession.

The first time I met Barb, I was interviewing for a position at BSS and I instantly knew that I wanted to learn all that I could from this woman. Today, I am so excited to share a few kernels of wisdom from my chat with Barb McLean.

I hope you got something valuable out of this conversation and experienced first hand the deep wisdom, impressive institutional knowledge, and commitment to excellence that Barb has brought to her career.

If you enjoyed this episode, reach out on twitter @teach_tomorrow on Instagram @teaching_tomorrow and let me know what resonated with you. The hardest part of the podcast medium is that there is very little way for you as an audience to engage, so come out from under your headphones and please say hello!

That’s all the time we have for today, folks. Get out there and go be the passionate learner you are, and remember we are teaching tomorrow.

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Passionate and curious about technology, smiles, special education, differentiated instruction, forests, graphic novels, accessibility, anti-oppression, and warm beverages. Can often be found laughing with young people and improvising songs on the spot. @teach_tomorrow

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