Re: Wow, I See Why You Need to Know Someone!
    I know just what you mean...

    I know right where you are coming from! My husband (4-9 math
    and language arts teacher) had to take a teaching job in
    North Carolina after trying for two years to find a teaching
    job in Ohio. We moved to N.C. in the fall of 2005 and have
    been applying for teaching jobs in Ohio since then with no
    luck(not even a call). At this point anywhere in Ohio will
    work for that brings us back to our home state that
    we love and miss and closer to our entire family that lives
    in N.E. Ohio. One can always hope....

    I wish your husband the best of luck in finding a teaching

    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!!