Post # 1
So, I went from seeking a job in the school system to having two interviews and one job offer thus far in a matter of 5 days!!I am excited but I feel stuck. I interviewed for a job at an elementary school. It is entry level but the principal made it clear to me that if I do a good job she moves people up quickly especially those who are gaining their teaching certificate. I am in the process of gaining mine.
She offered me the job three days after our interview. However, i also interviewed for a job at the local high school a day later. The problem is that the person who interviewed me for that position told me he will let me know yes or no by the end of this week/beginning of next week.
I REALLY want the job at the high school because thats the level I want to teach. My position there will not only get my foot in the door, it will put me right smack down in the middle of where I want to be. I will be able to hear of any opening positions and apply before the position is even advertised. Its a very big school and positions are always opening there for various reasons.
The job at the elementary school is great also and has advantages. I am not sure what to do. Would it be rude of me to wait until Monday to let the Principal know if I am taking it?
I emailed the person who interviewed me at the high school and let him know I am being offered a position elsewhere but that the high school is my priority. I basically said “I am inquiring about the status of my application after our interview….” I kept it short, sweet and polite while still letting him know I need an answer as discreetly as possible.
I dont know how some of you would feel about that but I have used it before when I applied for other jobs that werent in the educational field. I was either told I have the job or I dont.
Sorry for my long rant….Im super anxious and I am not sure if I should just snatch up the opportunity by Monday. I told the Principal I need to sort something out and will let her know by then. She was completely okay since the position does not begin until October 1st.
I didnt want to tell her YES and then go back on my commitment. I am very loyal and once I say yes I stick to my answer. I dont want a bad rap in the community here.
what to do, what to do….
Post # 3
p.s. another reason I want the job at the high school is because if I get it, i will be working with special education students (mainly autistic kids) and that is another passion of mine and a future goal (gaining my certificate to teach special ed.)
Post # 5
@AlbanianBride27: Any time an offer is extended you usually have a period of time to reflect on the offer. A couple of days is normal. If you must “accept” the first offer due to timing, do so. A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush. However, if you get offered the job at the high school you can accept it but you will need to have a meeting and decline the initial offer. Please explain how you really appreciate them and the opportunity. Never ever burn a bridge, you never know what will happen in the future.
Post # 6
I’ve never been in this position before so I won’t be able to give you any first hand experience. I don’t see anything wrong with waiting a few days to give them your answer. While you don’t want to make them wait too long, waiting until Tuesday or so isn’t that big of a deal. You want to make sure you make the right decision, so it’s not something that should be rushed.
Post # 7
Its tough because its the weekend now, but what I would normally do is email the job you want letting them you know have an offer, but their school system and job is your desire and #1 priority. Then ask them if they would be able to give you a decision sooner otherwise you will have to accept the other position.
But since you likely wont get a response I would accept the offer. Teacher jobs are scarce and there is a good chance you may not be the best candidate for the job you want becuase so many qualified candidates are out there so its better to play the odds.
Post # 8
Phew okay that makes me feel better that it is okay to take a few days before accepting right off the bat. I deffinetly dont want to burn bridges. I sent out thank you cards to both people who interviewed me thanking them for their time and the opportunity to interview. Both had mentioned that they were interviewing a lot these past couple of weeks and I really felt so grateful to have been called in considering my lack of experience.
I willd definetly explain to whoever I decline the offer from, I will explain the situation and express my gratitude that they believed in me enough to offer me the job. I take every job seriously and even though these are considered “entry level” they are actually a big deal to me because I need to get in the educaiton system to reach my goal of becoming a teacher.