Some districts have been 2 hours from our home, but you
know, desperate times call for desperate measures. We would
move. He mentions that (not the desperate thing, but the
move thing) in the interest letters. Anyway, he submitted 6
apps in southern Ohio all within about 2 weeks of each
other. I F/U last week which was about 5 weeks past the
first one sent. They ALL have hired already AND HE NEVER
GOT A CALL!
So, exasperation and/or deperation in my voice, prompted
one employee to tell me that they receive HUNDREDS of
applications for one opening and every applicant is
basically a carbon copy of the next. We (you) all just
finished school, just did student teaching, frequently all
attended the same school, all come with the same price tag -
how do you narrow that down. She told me that, of course
not her district, but another one, she of course, has
heard, simply goes every tenth resume and then reviews
those first to see if they have enough applicants they like
to interview. If not, they do it again. So, something like
what, 90% of the applications don't get read??!!
I had an Asst Super tell me that he looks for referrals
and/or recommendations by other staff, colleagues, etc.
Afterall, "how do I effectively evaluate hundreds of
resumes when everyone is basically the same on paper."
This is CRAZY! But it certainly lends credence to the fact
that you really do need to know someone to get your foot in
the door in a district.
With that said, I know people are going to post they got
hired and didn't....I realize that happens as well, maybe
they were one of the every 10th resume scenario, maybe not.
This is still crazy!!