FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Who should use VIP?
How do I subscribe to and use VIP?
When do I submit and edit a resume?
When do I apply for Continuing Education teaching jobs?
How do I determine what jobs to apply for and how do I keep track?
How do principals view my job applications and how do I improve my chances
of being interviewed?
Who is eligible to apply for jobs using VIP?
At this time, VIP can be used by candidates wanting to apply to Continuing Education, Peel District School Board. Both internal and external candidates, which may include student teachers, certified teachers not currently teaching in Peel, and occasional teachers who would like part-time positions.
What do applicants require in order to teach at the Peel District School Board?
Successful candidates will be required to submit a satisfactory criminal record check prior to the commencement of any employment duties. Recent changes made by the RCMP have resulted in significant processing delays for some candidates. You may wish to start the process to obtain your criminal record check as soon as possible. All teachers working in Peel require an Ontario Teachers College (OCT) certificate. Student teachers and teachers from outside Ontario should note that Ontario College of Teachers has indicated that currently it takes a minimum of six to eight weeks to receive membership in good standing with the College enabling you to teach in Ontario. Therefore applications to the Ontario Teachers College (OCT) should be made as soon as possible to start work in July for summer school. Teachers must also have OCT qualifications for the subject areas/grades advertised.
Should teachers already working at the Peel District School Board use VIP to apply for jobs in Continuing Education?
Full-time teachers, Occasional teachers and student teachers working in the Peel District School Board can apply for Continuing Education part-time teaching positions using VIP.
Do I have to apply online for a teaching job in Continuing Education?
Yes. Continuing Education only accepts applications for teaching jobs online according to the time-lines previously listed on the VIP home page. To apply for jobs, you must apply using the online VIP system, which is available free from the Peel District School Board.
Can I apply for all jobs at the Peel District School Board using VIP?
No. At this time, only available teaching jobs will be posted on VIP.
How much does it cost to post my resume and apply for available teaching jobs at the Peel District School Board using VIP?
There is no cost. VIP is free for all external job applicants for available teaching jobs. External applicants include student teachers eligible to teach by September, occasional teachers, and other certified teachers not currently teaching in Peel.
I don’t have email. Why do I need email to register with VIP?
Email is the fastest and most efficient way for the Peel board to communicate changes and updates, technical problems and their solutions, and job status to VIP subscribers. While applicants will probably be contacted by phone for job interviews, e-mail can provide an alternative means of communication in some cases. In addition, an e-mail address is required to ensure the security and confidentiality of the information provided at the time of registration on VIP.
If you don't have an email account, VIP links you to web sites that provide free email.
What is the cut-off date for registration and posting a resume on VIP?
There are no official cut-off dates for registration or posting a resume on VIP. However, due to the high number of job applicants, jobs will generally be posted for only short periods of time. Therefore, it's to your advantage to be registered with an up-to-date resume posted as soon as possible, so you're ready to apply as soon as jobs become available. It is important that you carefully review the timelines indicated within each job posted.
You can continue to update your resume as new information, such as OCT numbers, are available. However, your resume must be “online” before applying for jobs, because principals can only view online (posted) jobs. It's important to note that you will need to apply to specific job postings.
When should I register?
Register now! That way you can start to receive news and updates about job postings as well as handy tips for applying for jobs. By registering now and submitting your resume, you'll be ready to apply for jobs as soon as they are available.
If I register now but am not yet qualified to teach or am currently employed with a short-term contract, can I apply for jobs?
Yes, you can apply for jobs as soon as the postings are available. However, it's very important that you state when you are available to teach, be it a date after you graduate or after a contract is finished. For the greatest efficiency, principals have to conduct interviews with these dates in mind.
When will job postings be available?
Job postings for summer school will begin in early February. International Languages positions will be posted in mid-February and Credit Night School in early April both for the next school year.
How long will my subscription remain active and my resume be available on VIP?
Your subscription will automatically be deactivated if you accept a permanent job in Peel or if there is no activity for a year. As a courtesy, we ask you to unsubscribe or notify us if you are hired elsewhere or no longer wish to pursue jobs at the Peel board. Once your subscription is deactivated, your resume, personal information, and job applications list will be deleted from the system.
Do I have to log-off? Will I immediately logoff when I leave my session on VIP?
Whenever you “finish” entering or updating your resume or a job application, if you are sent to a page outside My VIP, you will be logged out. If you are logged in to My VIP and for any reason wish to leave your session, it is important to log off. Simply going to another web site will not guarantee that you are logged off and your information is secure. This is especially important if you are using a computer that is publicly accessible, such as in a library or cybercafe or even an office. By the way, this advice is applicable to any online subscription you may have, including online banking.
When should I change my password?
As a security measure, you should change your password if you think that you may not have logged off VIP properly after a session. This is especially true if you are using computers in public areas such as libraries, cybercafes and even offices. As a further precaution, you may wish to change your password every few weeks. Some companies insist that employees change their passwords as often as every six weeks. You can also change your password if you find it difficult to use for any reason. Upon entering My VIP, just go to “Change My Password” at the top of the screen.
How do I get help using VIP?
If you don’t find the information you need in the Frequently Asked Questions, then go to the Help Desk. From Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm ET, you may use an 800 or local telephone number to call a support person, who will help you immediately or find the answer for you. Twenty-four hours per day and seven days per week, you can send your questions by email and they will be answered as quickly as possible. The Help Desk can provide answers to technical problems. Solutions to problems that are system-wide, that is a system malfunction, will be sent to all subscribers by email.
Is there a deadline for posting my resume?
There is no fixed deadline for posting your resume “online.” However, you can't apply for jobs until you have your resume online so that principals can view it. While you can take your resume “offline” after it is posted online to make corrections or updates, it is wise to have your resume as up-to-date as possible before you start applying for jobs. That way, little time will be lost making changes to your resume when your focus is on applying for jobs as they become available.
What does online and offline mean?
When you enter all or part of your resume the first time, you will be asked at the bottom of the Review page, where you can see what information you have entered, if your resume is ready to be searched by Peel board principals. You can answer “yes” or “no.”
If your answer is yes, then your resume will be posted online. This means that it can be viewed by others, in this case, Peel principals and certain other administrators.
If your answer is no, then your resume will remain offline, where only you can see it.
That allows you to complete your resume or update it over more than one session. You can also return your resume to offline from online if you wish to make changes from time to time after your original posting. For example, your certification may change from pending to completed.
Remember, you cannot apply for jobs until your resume is online. Principals cannot view resumes that are offline. Be sure everything is up-to-date before you make new job applications.
How do I know if my resume is online or offline?
There are two ways to see if your resume is online or offline. You may go to the Review page, either by going through the application or by clicking on the Review tab. At the very bottom you are asked if your resume is ready to be searched by Peel District School Board Administration. If you answered yes, then your resume is online. If you answered no, then it is offline.
You can also look at the top of every page of your resume where you will see a field that reads either online or offline. You may click on that field and switch your resume back and forth. You can make changes while you are offline, and then after saving the changes and reviewing to ensure that they were made correctly, you can switch back to online.
You can always make the switch from the top of the pages or from the bottom of the Review page. Remember, you cannot apply for jobs until your resume is online. Principals cannot view resumes that are offline. Be sure everything is up-to-date before you make new job applications.
When should I put my resume online?
You should put your resume online as soon as you are satisfied that you have provided all necessary information and it is ready to be viewed by principals. You can easily take your resume offline to update information and then repost it online. Remember, you cannot apply for jobs until your resume is online. Principals cannot view resumes that are offline.
Do I have to create my resume in Word or WordPerfect and then cut and paste it into the VIP resume?
No. The VIP application allows you to draft and polish your resume within the Web forms, while working offline. As soon as you are satisfied with your resume and cover letter, you can post them online so that they are available to school principals. You can however, use the cut and paste features where appropriate to eliminate the need to retype parts of a traditional paper resume.
How do I make sure that the information on my resume is entered correctly?
The easiest way to make sure that you have correctly entered all information is to review your entries on the Review page. You can do this by clicking through the whole application until you reach this page, or simply clicking on the Review page tab.
Why does information that I entered not appear when I review my resume?
You must always save your information before moving to another page. When you first enter your resume, you always click save or save and next as you move through the pages. However, you must remember to do the same when you make changes to information that you have already entered.
Do I have to take my resume offline before updating it?
Yes. Think of your offline resume as a draft or revision. When a resume is online, it is available for principals to view. You only want an up-to-date version of your resume to be viewed.
How do I update my resume?
Make sure you click save and next even if not going to every page.
Go to the Review page of the resume. Find the information that you wish to update. Clicking the update button next to the information will take you to the page where that information appears. By clicking save or save and next after you make your change, the information will be updated. You can verify the correction by going back to the Review page.
Can I update my resume at any time?
Technically, you can update your resume at any time by first changing its status to offline. Practically, however, you should update your resume before applying for jobs, before closing dates for job applications, and at other times when it is less likely that principals will be trying to view resumes. Remember, resumes can only be viewed online.
Can I attach documents, such as performance reports, to my resume?
You can not attach documents to your online resume. However, you can make reference to the documents in your cover letter and offer to provide them if you are invited for an interview. When contacted for an interview by a principal a list of the items and information you will be required to provide during the interview process will be reviewed with you.
How often are new jobs posted?
Refer to the time-lines for program hiring on the main page of the Continuing Education VIP.
How much time do I have to apply?
The closing date for a job application is stated on each posting. Because of the high number of job applicants, there may be only a short time to apply for jobs. That is why it is practical to have your resume ready and online before job postings appear.
When do the principals look at resumes?
Principals begin to look at resumes right after the closing date for each job. When you apply for a job posting, VIP will let you know when your resume has been viewed - go to your Job History.
Do I have to apply for teaching jobs in Continuing Education or does the principal look at all resumes and then choose eligible candidates for their jobs?
You have to apply for each job that interests you. For each job they have posted, the principal receive a list of all job applicants with links to their resumes.
Do principals look only at the resumes of candidates who have applied for their jobs?
The principal will only look at the resumes of those who have expressed interest in their jobs.
Peel is a large school board. How do I know where schools are located?
For more information you may visit the Continuing Education website
How do I know what jobs I’ve applied for?
VIP will keep track of that information for you, by providing you with your personalized Job History list.
How do I know if my resume has been viewed?
On your job applications list, you will see when your resume has been viewed. Of course, it's important to note that having your resume viewed also does not guarantee that you will be invited for an interview.
How do I know if I will be interviewed?
As with most jobs, you will be contacted only if the principal wishes to interview you. If you are selected for an interview, the school will likely contact you by phone. In most cases, interviews are set up shortly after the closing date for job applications. To know if a job has been filled, go to your Job History.
Can I apply for a job more than once?
No. The VIP system ensures that you can only apply for a job once and it will show up on your job history list after you have successfully submitted your application.
How do I end my subscription so that I am no longer contacted?
To “unsubscribe” to VIP, please login and then go to “Unsubscribe.” The link is located on the My VIP home page.
How do principals see my job applications?
Through the administrative system at the Peel board, principals receive a list of job applicants for each job they have posted. The list includes links to your online resume and the cover letter you personalized for that job.
What do principals first look for on a resume?
Most principals look first at your qualifications to make sure you have what is required, and then at your experience.