Jobs for Teachers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Jobs for Teachers Service?
The Jobs for Teachers Service, located at http://jobsforteachers.mt.gov, provides easy access to education job opportunities in Montana and is free to use. The service is provided as a courtesy by the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI).
Job seekers may use the service to search for jobs and create and store a resume that is searchable by schools.
Any accredited K-12 public or private school and special education cooperatives located in Montana may post jobs via the service. Accreditation may be by the Montana Office of Public Instruction or a nationally recognized K-12 accrediting organization.
Job postings may not express directly or indirectly any specification, limitation or discrimination based on any protected class: sex, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, race, creed, religion, color, or national origin.
How do I setup an account?
For Schools and Districts
Montana school and district officials can request access to the new service by following this link. If your organization does not have a Legal Entity (LE) number assigned by the OPI and wishes to use the system, please request access here.
For Job Seekers
If you wish to create and store a searchable resume on the service, visit the ePass Montana website and setup an ePass Montana account.
I’m having trouble accessing my account, help!
For Schools and Districts (Job Posters):
The username and password to post jobs for the Jobs for Teacher Service is often the same one that you use for other OPI Information Reporting Systems.
Please click here to reset your Job Poster password.
Please note you’ll need to know your username and email address in order to reset your password. If you’ve forgotten your username or your email address is not recognized, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-444-2712 or use our contact form located here.
For Job Seekers:
If you’ve forgotten your username and/or password to manage your resume on the Job for Teacher Service, please visit the ePass Montana forgot username or password page.
How can I post a job for our alternative high school since it is not available as a school in our district? (Willard Alternative, PAL, Paris Gibson, etc.)
We suggest you select a "sponsor" school from one listed or select "- District Wide -" and indicate in the job description the name of the alternative school where the job is located. The ability for schools and districts to add and manage their own school lists may be added to the service in the future.
What happened to the Universal Application Service?
The Universal Application Service has been eliminated as of July 2016. Based on feedback we received, most schools and districts prefer or require applicants to submit a school/district specific application. Job seekers may use the Montana Jobs for Teachers Service to build and store a resume/curricula vitae that they can send to prospective employers or make available to schools and districts to search and find them.
How do I post a job that is for multiple grade ranges?
For example, my job is for grades 7-12 (middle and high school) but I can only choose one of the three grade ranges available (elementary, middle, high school). What grade range do I select to make sure my job isn't missed by people searching by grade range?
The service currently only allows job postings to be in a single grade range. The job poster has two options:
- You can post the job as a grade range of either high school or middle school and highlight in the job description that this is a 7-12 job. Be aware that the job won't be found by people searching by the grade range you don't use.
- You can post this job twice, once as a grade range of high school and once as a grade range of middle school. This would ensure your job would be brought up if the user filtered by grade range when searching for a job.
For either method the actual job description should specify this is a 7-12 job. The ability to have a single posting indicate include multiple grade ranges and show in the appropriate search results will be added to the service in the future.
When I cut and paste my resume/job posting from Word to the service, the formatting doesn't stay, why?
It depends on how the information was formatted in Word (or other word processing software) and how elaborate your formatting is. Most problems stem from using spaces (via the space bar) to try to line up or format text. Using multiple different fonts, font styles and Styles also causes problems. For best results a simple format with minimal fonts, styles and indents works best. If you do indent, avoid using the space bar for indenting and instead use tabs and the indent formatting tools in your word processing program.
How do I sort job postings?
Jobs are sorted in chronological order by default, with the most recent posts at the top. You can click on the columns to sort alphabetically/chronologically by Vacancy area, City, Posted Date, Closing Date or Job Status.
Why can't I edit a job I posted?
After editing the text in your job description, you will not be allowed to update your job until you check the "Check if you understand and agree" box at the bottom of the listing.
How can I remove my resume from the Jobs for Teachers Service?
At this time you cannot remove or delete your resume, however we will be adding that ability in the future. In the meantime, on the Job Seeker Details page you can uncheck the box labeled "Check here to make your account visible to schools/districts looking for applicants." and then click the update button at the bottom of the page. Your resume will then not be visible to anyone but you. If the box is already unchecked, that means your resume is already not visible to anyone but you.
I still have questions or need help, who do I contact?