Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get Ready For Phone Interviews!

Today, our second deadline applicants (meaning those who applied at our September 12 deadline) will be notified if they have been invited to continue in the application process and our first deadline applicants who were invited to a phone interview will be able to sign up for a date and time!

If this includes you, be sure to sign up for a phone interview as soon as possible since times and dates are on a first come, first served basis. We'll be conducting interviews from September 20-23, so check your calendars now! If you've never done a phone interview, you probably have questions about what to expect. Not to fear! We've compiled some tips and tricks to help you answer that call with confidence.

We'll also be hosting a phone interview prep call tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET. You can register for the event right on the Applicant Center. If you can't make the call be sure to check back here for a recording.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Our Second Deadline is September 12!

Yep, you're reading that headline right, our second application deadline for the 2015 corps is this Friday at 11:59 p.m. ET! Be sure to submit by the deadline if you'd like your application to be considered for this round. After you check out our do's and don'ts below, be sure to read more about our application , about the entire admissions process, and our eligibility requirements. Good luck on your application!

Do Review each Application Timeline
Did you know that you can submit an application now, but choose a deadline later in the year? We have 5 application deadlines to ensure that all of our applicants can find a timeline that works best for them. On the Personal Info page of your application, you can review the timeline of each deadline. Know you're going to be out of the country and offline the week of October 13? Best not to choose our first or second deadlines. Have final exams the week of December 2? Then our third deadline might not be right for you. By checking each timeline you can be sure you'll have the time required for all the admissions process.

Don't Guess Your GPA
On the Academic History section of our application, you'll be asked to enter in your cumulative GPA as well as your yearly GPAs for each school year. Your GPA can impact your application and your eligibility, so we recommend trying to get a hold of your unofficial transcript to be sure that the values you enter are as accurate as possible.

Don't Leave Out Any Extracurricular or Professional Activities
Applicants often ask us why we have a section about extracurricular or professional activities when they've already uploaded a resume. The short answer is we want as much information about you as possible! While a resume can provide a great overview of your the things you've done in the past, our Leadership Experience section gives us more context and info about your roles, responsibilities, and accomplishments. If something is on your resume, it should definitely be included in this section, don't hold out on us!

Do Use Your Words
On the last section of the application, you'll be asked a series of short answer questions about your interest in Teach For America (among other things). Each question allows you to submit a response of 300 words--so use them! While 300 words isn't exactly a dissertation, it should give you the opportunity to thoroughly answer each question.

Don't Skip the Opportunity to Review Before You Submit
After you've completed each section, you'll have the opportunity to review your application before you click submit. You won't be able to make edits after you've clicked the 'submit' button so we strongly encourage you to really go through each section again and make sure you feel great about it. Did you upload the right resume? Enter your GPA accurately? Spell check your short answer? Once you've given it a good review, then feel free to press that button!

Do Show Your Best Self
While our application gathers a lot of background information from you (hometown, GPA, resume, etc.) we also want to get to know you and understand you as an individual. While that can be tough to do through an online application, we do provide spaces within the application for you to provide more context. You should feel free to tell us why your third year GPA wasn't as high as you'd like, or what family responsibilities you had during college, and we want to hear everything. Please take advantage of these spaces so we can see your best self.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Our First Notification for 2015!

Our first deadline applicants for the 2015 corps just submitted their applications last Friday and it's already time for our first notification of the year! All of our first deadline applicants were notified via the Applicant Center today. If you were invited to continue in the process, congratulations! We're excited to talk to you and learn more about you through your phone interview or meet you in person at a final interview!

  • If you were invited to a phone interview sure to mark your calendar for September 18, when you'll be able to sign up for an interview date and time.
  • Our phone interviews will be held September 20-23 so check your calendars now to determine your availability!
  • If you were invited directly to a final interview, remember you'll need to complete your Online Activity between September 29-October 1 before being able to sign up for your interview date and location.

Be sure to visit the blog next week when we'll share tips about selecting your recommenders, preparing for your phone interview, and the Online Activity!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Our 1st Application Deadline is Friday, August 22!

It seems like just yesterday our 2015 corps member application was opening, but actually that was three weeks ago and our first application deadline is just two days away! Although any application process can seem overwhelming, our application is really just four parts: Personal Info, Academic History, Leadership Experience, and short answer questions.

Personal Info This page should be fairly simple to fill out since it's just basic information about you--your hometown, questions about your background, etc. Two important pieces of this pages are selecting your deadline and your interview location preferences. You can view the timeline for each of our five deadlines and then select the one that best works with your schedule. If you're invited to a final interview, we want you to be able to interview at a place close to you, so we ask you to let us know early on where you'd prefer to interview. As a note, where you choose to interview has no impact on where you might be assigned to teach.

Academic History This page is exactly what it sounds like—we’re looking to learn more about what schools you attended, the degrees you've received and your GPA. Please be sure to enter in the correct cumulative GPA. We have a 2.50 minimum GPA requirement, so entering your GPA incorrectly could impact your application. While we don't require you to submit your transcript this early on in our process, it might be helpful to have at least an unofficial transcript handy to verify your cumulative GPA and your yearly GPA values.

Leadership Experience On this page you'll upload your resume and tell us more about the work you've been doing and the organizations or activities you've been involved with. We really do want to know all about you, so don't leave anything out! In particular, if you're a working professional and have years of experience, we want to know all of your roles. While we'll also review your resume for information, the additional sections of this page gives us more context about what you've accomplished, so don't leave anything out!

Why Teach For America In this final section, you'll answer 3 short answer questions about your interest in TFA and questions about yourself. On this page you can also indicate your interest in learning more about our partner organizations. There are a lot of other organizations out there working towards shared goals, so if you want to hear more form them, check "yes" on this section!

If you're not ready to apply by Friday, don't worry! We have five application deadlines to choose from:
  • August 22
  • September 12
  • October 24
  • December 5
  • January 30

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The 2014 Corps At A Glance

With the new school year right around the corner, our new corps of teachers are busy preparing for the first day of classes. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our 2014 corps into the classroom – our next cohort of educators are heading into schools across our region, ready to help their students fulfill their limitless potential. Check out the information below to learn a little bit more about this talented and diverse group.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Questions About the Admissions Process?

So you've learned more about Teach For America's mission, work, and regions and now you're considering applying--that's great! You should know that our process is a little bit different than other applications. In addition to our online application, we have various steps and stages including a phone interview, online activity and final interview. To learn more about our entire admissions process check out our Admissions Process overview below. This 15 minute presentation will give you a detailed step by step of what our process entails.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Here at Teach For America, we're breaking out the party hats, champagne, and noisemakers. We know it's not December 31, but it's our version of a new year: a new admissions year! Starting today eligible applicants can begin applying to the 2015 corps. Our first deadline is August 22, but we have a total of 5 deadlines to choose from:

  • August 22
  • September 12
  • October 24
  • December 5
  • January 30

Before you apply, learn more about Teach For America, read about what we're looking for in our applicants, and review our preparation tips. We hope you'll apply for the 2015 corps!