Wow, I See Why You Need to Know Someone!

    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

    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!!