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How to Land Your Dream Job or Consulting Gig: BEYOND THE SCHOOL SYSTEM

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

Educators have a vast set of skills that are highly marketable beyond the school systems with thousands of amazing job opportunities that are available right now.

Incredible careers that do NOT require additional college degrees or new certifications are already within your reach.

That number includes lucrative careers in the private industry that provide opportunities to impact children's lives or help other educators (if that remains of interest).

If not, there are several other amazing careers beyond our school systems that are already within your reach. Today.

But getting hired is not automatic, regardless of your talent, education degree(s) and experience.

Sadly, many educators (although immensely talented) fail to land those great career opportunities in private industry because they implement the same job search strategies used within the school system.

This results in educators getting stuck or being relegated to that same narrow career path when they do exit:

  • college adjunct professor,

  • tutor, substitute teacher or interim administrator,

  • real estate,

  • MLM sales, insurance sales,

  • curriculum designer, corporate trainer,

  • retail,

  • uber driver,

  • social worker,

  • entry-level roles or

  • returning to college to earn yet another degree.

But it's not their fault.

Unfortunately, we can't internet search our way to success.

Customized job search resources for the transitioning K-12 educators are almost IMPOSSIBLE to find.

The Fallout:

Countless educators mistakenly assume that their career choices are limited and get stuck in a career that is no longer the best fit.

Others invest thousands of dollars $$$$$$ in additional college degrees assuming that it will increase their marketability, when it's often not needed.

Sadly, after earning all those additional degrees and certifications to boost their marketability, many still struggle to land a career in the private industry.

"I thought after I earned my Ph.D., it would be easy to land a new job ... I mean I have the credentials ... and I taught internationally as well ... I give up!" ~ Anonymous

Career transition and job search readiness skills are CRITICAL or you'll get lost in a maze.

"I needed help finding my identity again...
Shelly and (Broils Consulting Group) immediately offered to help me. That’s what she does – she helps people find their way out of a tunnel or maize, whichever visual works for you! What I know and am grateful for is that she reintroduced me to me. A survivor of abuse needs help finding their identity again, and I was on the hunt. When I found the resume she emailed me, I looked at my resume and said,
“Who’s this rockstar,” and she reminded me that it’s me … Thank you, Shelly!”

Jennifer (Colorado)

This lack of access to customized job search readiness tools and guidance is causing millions of educators fail at this private industry job search game.

It's just different BUT it's not difficult!

All you need are The RIGHT guidance and resources paired with effort, etc.

But, most job search literature and online resources are generic in nature and fail to address the specific needs of the exiting K-12 Educator

Educators have a unique set of skills that are often misunderstood.

Many traditional job search coaches fail to understand the depth and breadth of an educators skillset and often lead educators down a narrow career path to those typical occupations like: tutoring, instructional designer, corporate trainer, nanny, college professor, real estate, MLM sales, drop shipping or social work, or entry-level careers. Sound familiar?
All are admiral pursuits but there's so much more out there.

EDUCATORS HAVE SO MANY MORE CAREER OPTIONS such as: Education Policy Analysts, Literature Adoption Consultants, Content Solution Architects ... and the list goes on and on and on and on...

OVER 60 plus education occupations (outside of the school systems) with great salaries, work-life balance ... $60,000 to $210,000+ working with leading organizations and companies around the world!

Until I met Shelly (Broils Consulting), I had no idea of the vast opportunities in the education field ...

I learned that I do have a valuable skill set that is appreciated and respected outside of the classroom.

I was able to find employment for an Educational Consulting company even before the completion of my work and study with Broils Consulting. If you are looking to leave teaching and wonder how to do it successfully,
I highly recommend making the investment and working with Shelly and her team.

Patrick (Retiring Florida Educator) HIRED OUT OF A POOL OF 60 OTHER APPLICANTS

👉🏽We've narrowed it down to

10 steps and

6 Key Phases.

Here are a few valuable tips in each phase

to get you started.

Skim the entire blog.

Then, come back and review one tip at a time over the course of the next week.

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Here's an overview of each CTR (Career Transition Readiness) phase and some key take-a-ways to add to your toolbox.


1. Assess Your Skills & Interests to Determine Your Career and Employer Match

First, conduct a self-assessment. Take Inventory of your current and past skills, interests, and job responsibilities that you enjoy.

Do you enjoy facilitating, writing content, instructional technology, training other educators, parent engagement, project management, leading initiatives or fundraising, etc.?

Create a skills crosswalk, matching your skills to the skills needed for roles in other fields.

Educators have multiple skills that are transferable to 100s of incredible education careers outside of the school setting...

Narrow down your career interests before beginning your online job search. Start with at least 2 or 3 career titles that interest you.

This can be one of the most challenging phases as most educators are not fully aware of the job market beyond the school system and understandably so.


We've provided resources below which provide additional help for this phase if you need guidance.

2. Implement a Diversified Job Search: Focus on locating both Advertised and Unadvertised Job Vacancies

A. REMEMBER, nearly 60% of job vacancies are not advertised on many of those popular job search websites. OVER HALF!

Commonly referred to as "unadvertised or hidden job opportunities."

Those job search websites can be ONE resource, don't spend 100% of your efforts there.

If you are utilizing the online job search website, be cognizant that HUNDREDS of applicants are viewing and may be applying for the same job that you found which equals GREATER competition.

Those unadvertised/hidden opportunities (those that are unadvertised to the general public) compromise nearly 60% of job openings and equal LESS competition.

They're not hard to find, if you know where to look.

As such, DIVERSIFY your search strategy.

B. Take precautions and be mindful about posting your resume on some job search sites.

To protect your identity, experts suggest NOT providing your complete home address when posting your resume on job search websites. In the past, we have suggested that our clients use only city, state and zip code initially or email address and phone number.

Use your cell phone or create a google phone number (free options are available) that syncs to your mobile phone.

Also, be selective to whom you give your resume.

Some job placement companies may offer to match you with jobs at no cost to you or even pay you a small stipend.

Do your research. Do they own your resume AND are they selling your information to others? Can it be removed by you? If not, how long do they own your resume and what are the protocols for getting it removed? If they tell you that you can remove your resume at any time, get it in writing in an email addressed specifically to you. Research their reputation. In the end, make the best decision for you.

We've read stories of educators resumes being stuck forever on various job placement websites.

NOTE: ALSO research every single one of your prospective employers and clients before applying.

C. TIMING: Knowing the best and worst months of the year to apply will greatly increase your chances of landing that interview for your new dream career!

KNOW the BEST and WORST months to apply for a job. The right days of the week and time of day. This can increase your chances EXPONENTIALLY!!

Improve your job search readiness skills, update your resume, practice interview strategies, etc., in the off season so that you feel prepared.

Note: Although research shows the most opportune times to apply for a job, there are always a few small exceptions, use your judgement.

3. Your Resume Makeover

Many employers often use a computerized ATS (Applicant Tracking System or Resume Bot) to scan ALL resumes which are submitted by applicants.

Those that match the criteria are selected by the ATS Robot. ONLY those chosen by the ATS are seen by a HUMAN. Those that aren't chosen by the resume bots are filed away and sometimes stuck in a blackhole!

Have you ever applied for a position for which you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were qualified but NEVER received a response? Ghosted?!

Blame it on the ATS OR was it your resume's content or format?

The resumes that we use in the school system must be tweaked to align with private industry requirements.

Create a robot-friendly resume to grab their attention and win that interview.


  • Adding a professional branding statement and a strong Career Summary to the top third of your resume that includes keywords from the job description that also match your skills

  • IMPORTANT: Never use the PDF format for your resume unless requested by the prospective employer. The Resume Bots will read it as an image or picture and cannot decipher the text.

🧐Check out additional resume tips:

  • Read our blog titled: Winning Resume Makeover Tips for PreK-12 Educators .

  • Sign up for our OnDemand Tutorial Educator Resume Makeovers That Win in Private Industry: HERE

4. Interviewing Like A Pro

ALL Employers will ask Scenario or Behavior-based Questions.

For example, "Describe a time when you conducted a successful staff training experience?"

CRAFT your interview responses to align with the STAR Method of interview response.

"Describe a time when you conducted a successful staff training experience?"

Situation: My school received new education technology ...

Task: My role was to ensure that the staff or team members were using it with fidelity to meet student achievement goals

Action: I conducted hands-on training and job-embedded coaching, that included …

Result: 90% of staff met usage goals and student achievement scores increased by 40% ...

BOOM: Another valuable take-a-way for your toolkit.

Craft your 60 to 90 second introduction: articulating an overview of your experience (as it aligns to the job description), your interest in the company and the role (your organizational and skillset fit).

Also REMEMBER interviewing is a 2-way street. You should interview them to insure that they are a FIT for you. You have the talent (otherwise they would not have been selected for an interview).

Be professional and ask key questions that align with your needs so that you can also make an informed decision. This impresses the Hiring Managers as well.

5. Salary & Compensation Negotiation

Human Resources and Hiring Managers are often given a salary budget and compensation package criteria for each job title. This typically includes their negotiation range.

Some will offer at the low or midpoint of the salary range. It has nothing to do your qualifications.
Many are trying to save the company money. However, if you've made it to this final stage of the interview process, it is evident that they see you as an asset to their company. Know that many can increase their offer and that you are worth it!
There may be a few cases were they can not offer more, however, it's worth the shot. Don't leave money or potential perks and benefits on the table.

Do your research on the salary range on,,,, as well as other salary research sites.

Note: Broils Consulting Group does not endorse any 3rd party websites, nor promotes one website over another. The above are a subset and provided only as a convenience.

Negotiate your value.

You are no longer confined to that salary schedule/ladder that exists within school districts: Bachelors,

Bachelors + 15,

Bachelors + 30, etc.

Masters ...

Let's get ready to negotiate:

Grab your skills crosswalk from Phase 1. Keep it handy.

First, begin by responding, “Thank you for your offer.... and express your interest in the role and the company"

Next, ask "Can you please tell me what factors were used in determining the compensation (salary) for this role…?

Grab the job description and your skills crosswalk. Now, revisit the qualifications.

Begin to frame questions like: How were my skills and experience measured against the qualifications needed for this role or factored into the compensation package...?"

6. Navigating the Feelings and Emotions of Your Career Transition

Create systems of support that help you manage and overcome the emotions that tend surface and resurface; from confidence gaps (imposter syndrome) to guilt, etc.

Here's something to repeat and internalize to help with those feelings of guilt.

Know this:

The decision to leave or to stay in the profession is ultimately yours and should be respected.
Whether your education career spans three years, five years, twenty-five years, or forty years, you've ALL made contributions to the lives of young people and have paid your dues.

"Your time is limited, so please don’t waste it living someone

else’s life.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions

drown out your own inner voice…

You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life,

and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.

And the only way to do great work is to

love what you do.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.

You’ll know when you find it.

Don’t settle ..."

~ Steve Jobs

The TIPS provided are a great starting point ...

The strategies outlined above are starting points for each phase and can be extremely effective in helping educators (teachers, administrators, education professionals, etc.) transition to new education careers beyond the school systems or careers in private industry.

There are other key factors in each of the 6 phases that are paramount to your success.

You're off to an incredible start!

Kudos for taking the time to invest in

YOUR future.

Keeping moving forward.

You can do this!

Transform Your Career ... Transform Your Life

Need more guidance?

We're happy to help a fellow educator.

Check out:

Beyond the School System: The Ultimate Careers and Companies Directory featuring 60 Education Careers in Private Industry PLUS 100 leading Education Companies, Consulting Firms and Organizations that need K-12 Talent.

One of our most popular resources provided as part of our "Finding Your Fit: Discovering Your SuperPowers to Discover the RIGHT Career and Employer Match..." Services.

Learn more HERE

Stay Safe. Stay Inspired. Stay Awesome.

Broils Consulting Group, LLC

The Educators Career Transition Experts


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You may not disseminate, modify, reproduce or copy in whole or in part the information contained on this website without prior written permission from Broils Consulting Group, LLC. Although clients have gotten exceptional results as viewed in their testimonials, the time to transition can vary per individual. Broils Consulting Group, LLC is not a job placement service. All content herein is for informational and educational purposes only. We do not endorse any particular company featured on our websites and vice-versa. It is always recommended that you research any career and company of interest to ensure that it is the right fit for you.


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