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Teachers in Transition

Author: Kitty Boitnott

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"Teachers in Transition" offers advice, counsel, and information about teacher burnout, stress and management strategies for teachers (or anyone feeling stressed and overwhelmed) along with career advice for those who want to leave the teaching profession.Dr. Kitty Boitnott, NBCT, RScP, has been working with burnt-out teachers as a Heart-Centered Career Transition and Job Search Coach since 2013. In 2016, she was named one of the top 25 Career Coaching Online by In addition to helping with career transition and job search strategies, Kitty is a Life Strategies, Stress Management, Holistic Life, and Sleep Science Coach. She is also a licensed Science of Mind Minister.
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Note:  This is Episode 86 not 85 as Kitty said in the intro.In this episode, Kitty offers an invitation to an upcoming Masterclass that she is offering the weekend of Thanksgiving.The first presentation will be Friday, November 27, 2020, at 1:00 PM EST.The second will be Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 11:00 AM EST.To register for either presentation, click here: Masterclass will be offering what Kitty believes are the 3 "secrets" of every  job search or career change, regardless of the career you happen to be in at the moment.If you are considering making a change in your job or career and want to be in place sometime in early 2021, now is the time to be getting your job search underway.But before you begin your job search, you need to know the fundamentals. And that is what Kitty will be offering in this Masterclass.So, sign up here if you would like to learn how to ensure your job search success: download your free "3 Secrets of EVERY Successful Job Search or Career Change" pdf, click here:
Everyone struggles with staying focused and being productive on occasion even in the best of times. But when experiencing stress during times of high stress like we are all experiencing now, it becomes even more difficult to stay on task.This week, in my weekly newsletter, I wrote about this. You can take a look at it at Use it to learn some tips for how to stay focused and productive in spite of the stress of a pandemic, elections, and all the other major events we are currently experiencing today.If you would like to make an appointment, feel free to sign up for a complimentary Discovery Session at
In this episode, Kitty offers some more of the suggestions that are included in her Checklist of the "10 Things You Need to Know and Do If You Want to Change Your Job or Career. "She talks about the importance of understanding how the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) works, how important it is to tweak your resume for every job you apply for, and the importance of writing a personalized cover letter that is compelling and not just a regurgitation of your resume.If you would like to download the checklist, click here: you have questions for Kitty, please email her at if you would like to chat with Kitty about the possibility of changing your job or career, make an appointment for a 20-minute complimentary Discovery Session at
"10 Relaxation Tips That Zap Stress Fast" by Jeannette Moninger. Assessment Tool: Sheet - 7 Strategies for Better Managing and Reducing Everyday Stress: Session Sign Up:
Teachers often think about changing their job or career for a long time before they take any action. They aren't sure what else they would be qualified to do, and sometimes they just don't know what they would want to do if they left teaching.In this episode of "Teachers in Transition," Kitty talks about a checklist she recently devised called "10 Things You Need to Know & Do if You Want to Change Your Job or Career." She also mentions some books that one might enjoy reading for information and inspiration and she offers the name of some online assessments that one might take if they are looking to determine their strengths and interests.Kitty also mentions that she provides a paid assessment entitled the Pathway Planner. For more information about that assessment, reach out to Kitty at Likewise, if you have any questions about anything else that was mentioned on this episode, email Kitty at that email address.Resources mentioned in this episode:"10 Things You Need to Know & Do if You Want to Change Your Job or Career" is available at Color is Your Parachute (by Richard N. Bolles)Coach Yourself to a New Career by Talane MiedanerCareerealism by J. T. O'DonnellStrengthsFinder 2.0  (by Tom Rath and Donald D. Clifton)Assessments that were mentioned:16 Personalities at Personality Profile at at Planner at help with stress, check out these resources. A Stress Assessment tool is available here: Cheat Sheet on Stress Management is available here:
Teachers are more overloaded and overwhelmed than ever. They have always had a lot thrown at them, but now they are being asked to go the extra extra mile. Some are teaching remotely. Some are teaching a hybrid model. Some are teaching in-person with or without the proper precautions in place. And some are being asked to do both!!!It isn't sustainable!As teachers, you must start to take care of yourselves or you will buckle under the pressure. That is why I am offering a free webinar workshop on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 2:00 PM EST for teachers--or anyone--who can use specific strategies for better managing your stress.To register for the workshop, click here: you would like to take the stress assessment test that I mentioned in this episode, click here: you would like the cheat sheet on stress management I mentioned, click here: if you would like to download the ebook that I wrote a while back called, Stressed, Stretched, and Just Plain Overwhelmed: A Guide to Managing Your Stress and Developing a Greater Sense of Work-Life Balance 
If you are ready for a job or career change, the first place is in the space in your head. You need the mindset of a job seeker, and you have to believe that you can successfully navigate a job or career change if you want to be successful.Once you have developed the proper mindset, then you need to do research about the type of job you are interested in along with doing research on the companies and the industry. You don't want to switch to an industry that may be on a downward trend, for sure.You will also need to create a marketing plan for yourself. This is a document that contains all your skills and competencies. Make a list of everything you might bring to a potential job or career that you are interested in. And then make a list of all the companies and industries that you might be interested in pursuing.If you are interested in receiving a template of a research/marketing plan, email me at you are interested in attending the webinar workshop that I mentioned in the episode on stress management for teachers, use this link to register:
We have been living in unprecedented times of upheaval and stress. ALL of us. From the pandemic to economic fragility to social unrest, and here in the U. S. a high-stakes election. Regardless of which side you may be on, you feel like it's "high-stakes."All this upheaval can cause stress. So, you may need some new stress management strategies.In this episode, Kitty talks about how to deal with upheaval that is outside your control--and everything we just mentioned is. Learn some strategies for how to deal with the upheaval so you can manage your stress more effectively.For the article that Kitty mentioned in the episode, click on this link: if you are ready to talk to Kitty about your stress or your desire to change your job or career, use this link to set up an appointment for a 20-minute Discovery Session: #stress #stressmanagement #stressrelief #stressmanagementstrategies
Normally, I wouldn't be talking about teacher burnout until later in October, but this is not a normal year, is it? I know that a lot of teachers are feeling more overwhelmed than ever. They feel like hamsters on a hamster wheel. They are moving as fast as they can and not going anywhere.If you are feeling overworked and overwhelmed don't know if you can call it "burnout" or not, check out this week's free gift. Download your copy of the checklist, "7 Signs of Teacher Burnout." It's free. If you answer even one of the questions on this checklist with a yes, you may be suffering from the start of burnout. Click this link to get your checklist: you feel you are approaching a breaking point and it's time to think about looking for a new career path, let's talk. Make an appointment for a 20-minute complimentary Discovery Session at Kitty at kittyboitnott@gmail for more information about services and programs available at Teachers in Transition.
In this episode of "Teachers in Transition," Kitty talks about the new checklist she just created entitled, "10 Things You Need to Know & Do If You Want to Change Your Job or Career." This list outlines all of the considerations one should take into account when thinking of changing their job or career. To get your free checklist, click here: also mentioned how helpful a tool call Jobscan is in helping you tweak your resume every time you apply for a new job. To access Jobscan, click here: downloading your checklist, listen in as Kitty talks about the importance of each item on it if you want to conduct a successful job search or career change in the near future.For questions, email Kitty at make an appointment to talk with Kitty about her services, schedule it using this link to her calendar:
Recent information has come out about "Work From Home Burnout." I have long studied the ill effects of job burnout and the need for work-life balance in our lives, but when you are working from home, the lines start to blur and studies show more and more remote workers are working longer hours and not taking time off for a  mental--or physical--recharge.In this episode, I offer some tips on how to avoid  WFH burnout. I hope you will find them useful.I am also offering the link to the stress assessment I mentioned in the episode along with a link to a cheat sheet on stress management and my ebook on stress management. They are all FREE! Enjoy.To download the free Stress Assessment, click here: download the "Cheat Sheet on Stress Management Strategies," click here: download my free eBook, Stressed, Stretched, and Just Plain Overwhelmed, click here: questions? Contact me at 
Back in January, I wrote a blog post entitled "10 Must-Do's If You Want to Improve Your Career in 2020." I wrote it before COVID-19 hit the country like a Mack truck.Still, given that many teachers are quitting their teaching jobs rather than putting themselves at risk by going into the buildings where they might not be safe, I decided the tips are still pertinent.I talk about the ten tips you need to keep in mind if you are starting a new job search, and if you want to read the post in full, click here: mentioned that I am starting a new cohort of job seekers in September. If you would like to join the group to get the coaching you might need to make a career transition, check out this link: if you would like to chat about your specific situation in a 20-minute complimentary Discovery Session, click here:
There are three very specific types of stress:  acute, episodic, and chronic. In this episode, Kitty talks about what each type of stress entails and how you might choose to deal with each. #stress #stressmanagement #stressrelief #acutestress #episodicstress #chronicstress
Interviews are necessary if you wish to land a new job. They represent one of the last steps in the process, and it is disappointing when you have gone through an interview you thought went well and then you don't get the job.Unless you have a full understanding of how interviews really work, however, it is possible for you to blow it and not know it. What I mean by that is that the interview isn't really about YOU. It is about what you can do for your potential employer. And if you talk about yourself and your career goals and all the things YOU want without talking about how you can help your new employer and what you bring to the job you're going to lose out. Most interviewees neglect to do the basic research they need to do before going to the interview. If you don't know what I mean, listen to this episode of "Teachers in Transition."#jobsearch #careerchange #interviewing #interviewskills
This week's topic is stress, and in it, Kitty talks about specific ways to be more mindful at the moment. When we are stressed out and anxious, more often than not, it is the result of fretting or regretting something in the past or projecting and worrying about something the future. Neither is helpful. So, you need to learn how to pull yourself back into the present moment, and this episode offers some ways to do that.The tips offered in today's episode are from a post from Psychology Today by Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D. entitled, "Lost in Hurts? Ground Yourself in the Present." For more information on how to create a mindfulness practice to help reduce and manage your stress, contact Kitty at #stressrefief #stressmanagement, #mindfulness #presentmoment
School opening has already begun in some parts of the country. And many teachers are forced to consider their options. If you are a teacher who has decided that going back to school this fall isn't an option for you, you will want to listen to this episode of "Teachers in Transition" because Kitty Boitnott, Heart-Centered Career Transition and Job Search Coach talks about the many moving parts of the average job search.In this episode, Kitty ponders the many questions and challenges facing teachers who are struggling with whether to go back into their schools or not. She also talks about the challenges job seekers will face while job hunting during a pandemic. Many of the old rules and traditional advice goes out the window during times like these.But if you are job hunting, there are some things you need to know about how to manage your resume and get it through the Applicant Tracking System as well as how to network in theses days of COVID.#jobsearch #jobhunting #careerchange #careertransition 
If you are a teacher who is thinking about the wisdom of returning to your job this fall in the event that your system is going back in person or on a hybrid model, this episode is for you. Kitty Boitnott, Heart-Centered Career Transition and Job Search Coach talks about the questions that teachers are having to consider as they think about going back to school in the middle of a pandemic.If you are a teacher with an underlying health condition or you worry about the possibility of picking up the virus and bringing it home to your family or your aging parents, you are not alone. These are serious considerations.If you have to make the hard decision that you can't return to your district which means quitting your job, you may need help finding a new job or seeking out a career change. Contact Kitty for a complimentary Discovery Session at Kitty by email at out Kitty's website at (
Everyone is feeling over-stressed these days. Between the pandemic, financial pressures, and racial unrest, no one in the country is unaffected. In this week's episode, Kitty shares specific tips on how to lower stress with an eye toward free and low-cost solutions that are relatively simple to implement. The suggestions come from an article posted on Healthline. The article is entitled, "16 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety" by Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD (August 28, 2018).Check it out. Remember that you need to take care of yourself emotionally and mentally as well as physically during these challenging times.#pandemic #coronavirus #COVID-19 #stress #stressrelievers #anxiety #stressmanagement
Successful job seekers or career changers need to be able to network to facilitate their search. In times of the pandemic, however, networking isn't being practiced in person. That doesn't mean it isn't being practiced, though.A substitute for in-person networking is virtual networking, and the perfect place to start that is LinkedIn. Listen to today's episode to learn how to approach LinkedIn if you aren't all that familiar with this platform. Get your profile completed and follow all the recommendations and protocols.Additionally, seek out virtual job fairs that you may attend. In addition to a completed LinkedIn profile, you will want to have your resume ready as well.Check out resources available for job seekers and career changes at you want to talk with Kitty about how to get a successful job search underway, make an appointment for a 20-minute complimentary Discovery Session at
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