Advice for Head Candidates

Presenting Yourself on Paper: Tips for a Successful Application
The application package is the first hurdle in the multi-step Head search process. This article offers tips for candidates on the preparation of the résumé, cover letter, and statement of educational philosophy.

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The Semifinalist Interview: Tips for Presenting Yourself Well
Based on our experiences observing more than a thousand semifinalist interviews since 1986, this article offers practical suggestions for candidates preparing for their initial meeting with a search committee.

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Starting Out: Lessons from the First Headship
Our national survey of independent school Heads explored their entry into this demanding profession. The 420 leaders who responded have a great deal to tell us about the predictable challenges of the first headship – and also about its considerable rewards. This summary of the survey results was presented by Jim Wickenden at the 2003 National Association of Independent Schools Conference.

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Preparing for Headship: Advice from the Front Lines
Are you ready to be a Head of School? How can you tell? This report, based on our first national survey in 1991, offers sage advice from experienced independent school Heads. Their responses speak volumes about the intricacies of school leadership, providing both a warning and a plan of action for prospective Heads.

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