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Our Path Forward

Dear School Leaders,   For 20 years, CalWest has worked with private and independent schools to build inclusive school communities. This week, we find ourselves...

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Rewrite Your Resume in Six Simple Steps

Your resume is the first thing a potential employer will see, making it vital to landing an initial call, interview, and, eventually, your dream job. People involved in hiring often look at dozens - sometimes hundreds! - of resumes to find the perfect applicants, which makes carefully reading and reviewing...

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Hiring Educators Remotely? Prepare to Pivot!

It's clear that now is the time for schools to evaluate and adjust their basic hiring practices to meet the needs of the virtual schoolhouse.  CalWest suggests these steps to ensuring that your school's foundational hiring practices are solid during the age of COVID-19 and beyond: Require all hiring teams...

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  • “CalWest is very different. We tried other approaches, but nothing was providing talent pools that we needed to ensure the quality of candidates with the unique temperament and qualifications that Bridges Academy requires. 

    CalWest does pre-discussion and pre-vetting with us to find the right people for the wide range of positions we need to fill…It definitely saved me time and also gave me a better result.

    CalWest brought me higher quality candidates, and … ensured that we got teachers who had personal missions that were more aligned to us. 

    CalWest has an excellent handle on the personalities of schools, the communities within and around them, the outlook that different schools bring to the world and their culture…I would particularly recommend CalWest for schools that are looking for something specific in the character, quality or background of their teaching and administrative staff. 

    CalWest’s level of attention can better find the right people.”

    Carl Sabatino

    Head of School at Bridges Academy
  • “I worked with Lois and she spent a lot of time combing through candidates for me. She was very attuned to the kind of candidates I was looking for. I’ve worked with other search firms where that was not the case.

    CalWest asked great questions and was a good listener. Lois repeated back to me what she heard and summarized it at the end to ensure that we were on the same page. It was incredibly supportive for me because I knew she was going in the direction I wanted her to go. 

    After I interviewed each candidate, she would check in with me to hear how it went and how CalWest was doing in terms of matching what I was looking for.

    They listen well, we were able to adjust as we went, and we were very pleased with the candidates we received.” 

    Andrew Slater

    Head of School at Marin Primary and Middle School
  • Beau Lindsay

    Assistant Principal for Milken Community Schools