Post # 1
I lost my job for the second time. First time was really tough, and I was on unemployment for 5 months and seriously considered not going back to the classroom. I did because I was really desperate for a job, period, and I ended up loving it. Loved my students, coworkers, admin. Was told by everyone all the way to the principal that they wanted me back and I shouldn’t worry, that it would all work out for reemployment. Found out a couple weeks ago I was not rehired.
There’s a job that I super want at a high school just down the street from where I live. Would it be weird to swing by and see if the principal’s available and drop off my resume in person (I completed the application yesterday)? Problem is, the last principal – well known in the area for being incredible and working to turn this school around – just left for a district position, and they haven’t announced who the new one is. So I wouldn’t even know who to ask for.
I just REALLY want this job. A lot of my experiences I feel brought me to this place. I want to do whatever it will take to show them that.
Around here, each position probably has dozens of applications. I’m very, very qualified for this, but there’s no telling how HR will whittle down the interview list.
Good idea to drop in? Would it hurt?
Post # 3
Definitely can’t hurt! I’ve seen lots of people get the job because they were the ones that showed up in person, followed up etc.
Post # 4
@hisprettygirl: :Hugs:. I’m a fellow teacher, and I know how tough it is to try and find a job in this market. Most districts (at least here in Texas) will say in postings not to contact the principal directly with your resume. That having been said, once you’ve submitted your resume with the district, it couldn’t hurt to find out who the principal is and email a quick question to him/her (such as asking about what textbook is being used in the course or how many classes the position has. ‘I’ve just submitted my resume on the district website for your open English position, but I had a quick question for you….’). That way the principal knows you’re interested and you are technically contacting them for a valid reason. It also shows you’re interested in the job.
Hope this helps and my fingers are crossed for you! 🙂
Post # 5
@MrsYokiman – I’m trying to imagine if someone had dropped by my school last year and how that would’ve gone over. Probably well, since the principal was really cool. But again, I don’t know who the new principal is at this new school. Potentially a little weird, right? But could be cool to just shake his hand and introduce myself.
Post # 6
I don’t think it’s a bad idea, but you never know how the person behind the desk will take it. I generally stick to email, but I haven’t been in your situation. It sounds like jobs are fairly limited where you are?
Also, sorry you were not rehired! That stinks!
Post # 7
@hisprettygirl: if the principal is doing the hiring then it would not be weird to talk to him/her about your interest, what openings they have, show your passion for teaching, etc. If no principal yet, maybe get info from office worker.
Post # 8
@hisprettygirl: I don’t think it could hurt if you just dropped in to introduce yourself as long as you’ve already submitted your resume to HR. It never hurts to make sure you are noticed above the other applicants in a good way. Best of luck, and I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for you!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
It can’t hurt! As you know though, usually the secretaries in school are assholes. It’s best to get on their good side. Mine hates when people drop shit off to her.
Post # 10
Okay – just to put it out there – I had an admin who hated drop ins and used it as a mark against – looking desperate. It also appeared like favourtism with the union (don’t know if you have one)
Tough call – If there is anyone you know who has a pre existing relationship with the new admin or an office administrator have them stop by!