So I went from CA to IL, and now I'm back in CA.
Unfortunately, California is not the best state to land a
teaching job right now, and hasn't been for a while. I've
tried, and haven't gotten anything. Mostly, there are just
no openings (and I'm not exaggerating!), and when there
are, they go to teachers who have been recently laid off.
I'm currently a nanny, but want to get back into teaching
by the 2013-2014 school year.
Here is the thing: While I will still spend time looking in
California, I honestly don't have high hopes. I want to
look somewhere where I might have more of a chance. I love
New Orleans so much, and it would be very high on my list
of places to relocate if I needed to. My credential here in
CA would transfer over and I'd be able to get a certificate
in Louisiana pretty easily. In some states this is more
difficult, so that is another reason I'm focusing in on
this area. I wouldn't move without first signing a
contract, but I am curious to see if I should look for a
teaching job there, or if I'd be wasting my time. How is
the job outlook?
Also, in California we have one website (edjoin) that
pretty much lists all vacancies in the state. Most
districts use it exclusively. While trying to search for
vacancies in New Orleans, I've found a few things. but I
don't know which websites are the most reliable. For
instance, I've found a couple that look like they are great
tools until I look and see that the job was posted in 2009,
ha. Where do teachers go when looking online for a job in