On 5/19/09, CB wrote:
> Oh man...that is just so tough and I am so sorry for you and
> your husband.
> To your credit, though, his sounds like he is truly doing
> everything possible to get a job. A lot of times, people will
> say they are "desperate" and "willing to do anything," but they
> won't apply to certain districts or they have a pecking list of
> schools at which they are not willing to work. The very fact
> that he is applying so far away and doing everything he can
> speaks volumes about him. I TRULY believe that persistence and
> an unwillingness to give up will result in a job at some point.
> All that being said, make sure he is making contacts with other
> teachers. I feel like I had to do a lot of kissing up to a lot
> of different people to find out about jobs in districts around
> my area (then, I was one of those who randomly got my job
> without knowing anyone at the district). Some of the things I
> did to network were...talking obsessively to people in my
> classes at grad school (getting to know them, asking lots of
> questions about their schools), making sure everyone knew I was
> looking (Yes, it sounds incredibly obnoxious, and it WAS, but I
> got 6 calls for interviews through these contacts), contacting
> my professors (who would then put me directly in touch with
> some HR people), and sending emails to people I had met in the
> past to ask about the job forecast in their schools. Also (and
> it may be too late this year), when he subs, tell him to
> purchase some inexpensive business cards and leave one behind
> with his sub notes--the more people get familiar with his name,
> the more recognizable he is on a resume.
> I am not, by nature, a believer in networking, and I won't deny
> how difficult it was for me to put myself out there like I did.
> But in all honesty, the summer when I finally started actively
> networking was last summer, and it was the first time I
> received calls for 2nd and 3rd round interviews (in all...I had
> 8 calls for interviews before I was offered my job!).
> Truly, the best of luck to your husband and all of the people
> reading this. I remember what it was like being in your shoes,
> and I wish you all the best in your search this summer!
> On 5/19/09, Elizabeth wrote:
>> The good news is, there have been many openings in my
>> husband's field, the bad news is, he hasn't exactly gotten
>> any calls. He is LT subbing right now, so I get to make the
>> F/U calls to the applications he sends to check to see if
>> and when the district has started interviewing.
>> 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!!