Post # 1
FI and I are getting married in less than 2 months (Yay!) and as of Sunday I will be offically unemployed 🙁 I was a teacher at a small private school and enrollment dropped drastically and I was laid off. I’ve been searching for a job and finally got an interview on Monday. I got a call back yesterday saying I was a very strong applicant but there was someone stronger than me and I didn’t get the job. They said they’ll keep me in mind if something else opens up but it’s still really sad. The school was somewhere I would have loved to have worked. I currently have my resume and application in at all the public schools anywhere remotely close to where I live and a ton of private schools as well. However, Virginia public schools have laid off so many teachers that everyone is searching for a job and there’s stiff competition for the few jobs that do open up. I’ll be applying for unemployment in a few days and have put my student loans into forebarence. Luckily FI has a super solid job (he works for his father’s company, which is florishing) but I’m really down about me not having a job. Thank goodness his parents are helping out majorly with the wedding but it’s still a stress knowing we’re paying for all these things and I don’t have a job. FI has been nothing but supportive and so have FIL’s but I feel like a major loser. I know I’m not and that it’s just a tough time for teachers but I just needed to vent I guess. I’m excited about marrying my best friend but it sucks because some of my excitment is dampened due to this job situation.
Post # 3
Oh no! I’m so sorry hon! Teaching is a really tough market. I have a lot of friends who are teachers and it seems like they are constantly struggling to find a position, even if it’s supply teaching just to get a foot in the door. Can you maybe start offering tutoring or find a part time job in another field until you can find another teaching position? I hope something turns up soon, it sounds like you have a great resume!
Post # 4
I’m sorry, lay offs are the worst. I know a lot of people looking for jobs right now, and nobody’s really having any luck. All you can do is keep looking and think outside the box a little, so while you may not be teaching, you’d at least be working until it picked back up. Could you tutor on the side?
Post # 5
I am so sorry that this is happening. I am a teacher also and I used to think this career was a sure bet. Although I want to leave NYC (soooooo badly), I am so afraid that I will not find a job elsewhere with the job market being so tough. Would you be interested in charter schools? It seems these days that they are the only schools hiring.
I second looking for tutoring positions at SCORE or places like that in the meantime. I really hope something works out for you. Hugs.
Post # 6
I feel for you. I’m going to school to get my masters for teaching and am terrified about finding a job. I also had to put a forebarence on my student loans so I feel your pain.
I third the tutoring. Maybe you could substitute teach to make ends meet in the mean time?
Post # 7
((Hugs)) It is disappointing news but I am happy to hear you have such a strong support systems. What a great way to start off your marriage to your best friend. When I was laid off I was devastated. I thought I was in it forever with that company and lucky to find a great job so young. Then boom – all gone – company no longer exists. What I did learn, and am now grateful to have learned it so young, is that what made me good in that career made me good in other careers I had not considered, nor gone to school for. Teachers have extrodinary skills that can be applied in so many fields. Talk to friends & family and let them know you are looking outside of teaching as well (if you do want to consider it). Put you resume out on the career sites. Corporations are often looking for people to work on their internal training teams – great opportunities for teachers in a corporate environment. There are also companies like Sylvan, and tutoring, as already suggested. Best of Luck – keep your head high and focus on the wedding countdown.
Post # 8
Thanks so much for all the kind words ladies!
@bakerella and ejs4y8:I’ve heard that lots of hiring gets done late August and even September,so if I don’t have anything when I come back from my honeymoon at the end of September then I’ll start looking at tutoring, substitute teaching, or other jobs outside of teaching.
@bkchi: I actually looked at a charter school but sadly all the positions were filled by the time I found out I was laid off. My mother was a teacher for 30 years and she always told me how secure the teaching field was. Ironic that it’s such a difficult place now.
@redhead87: Tutoring is something I’m looking into, especially if I end up substituting.
@baipo: Thanks for the advice 🙂 I really am lucky to have so much amazing support. My FMIL and FFIL have been ridiculously supportive. I just called up my FMIL and let her know how I was feeling and she gave me some great advice. FFIL was laid off in the past and she knows how tough it is, but now he runs he’s own business so things obviously worked out. She’s great at constantly letting me know that she and her husband are here for me (and for FI) and we have their unwavering support. It’s the big positive in all of this 🙂
Post # 9
I am so sorry and I wish you the best of luck!
Post # 10
I’m in a pretty similar situation to yours…and it totally sucks. I know that I am well-qualified and would be great in ANY position that I have interviewed for, but right now it seems so many teachers are out of work and making the job-hunting even more competitive. I have been searching for months now, and it still is hard to not get my hopes up after every interview, or after submitting every resume/application. I have had a part-time job for the past few months to make ends meet, but that will be ending as of today so I might have to turn to subbing, which doesn’t pay nearly enough.
I guess I”m just saying I understand how you feel. It’s a crappy situation, but try not to let it get you down. YOU know that you are qualified and that is what matters. Keep your confidence high and keep throwing out applications constantly…something is bound to turn up. Good luck!
Post # 11
@5292010: I’m sorry you’re in a similar situation. You’re right, it comes down to telling yourself that you’re qualified and that it’s not personal. It’s still tough but it seems to be happening to many teachers lately.
Post # 12
Don’t feel like a loser! Something will come up, even if it wasn’t what you were hoping for. At least having something to get your foot in the door will give you a leg up later when you want to go to something else. It’s tough out there right now so don’t feel down! Is there any way that you could do some volunteering or mentoring that will keep you occupied and give you some good experience to put on your resume?
Post # 13
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Right now I’m doing summer school, which is a great resume booster and a way to get my foot in the door. But maybe some mentoring or tutoring is in order after summer school ends. Although, I’m really needing a few weeks to just do wedding stuff…we’ll see 🙂
Post # 14
I know what you mean! Wedding planning is almost a full time job at times!
Post # 15
I used to tutor college faculty and staff on writing resumes and worked at a hospital in Detroit as an editor for medical journal articles. If you want, send me your resume, maybe we can vamp it up a bit?
If you think it would help, or would like someone else to look at it,I’d be more than happy to help a fellow bee out!!