- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
I feel like I’ve read every “job searching tips” article, book, etc. by now. I know what I should do. I write great cover letters. I call back. I jump through the hoops. I wear a suit for interviews, and obsess over appearing/sounding professional and confident, but I can’t even get an interview right now! I get blown off or ignored 99.99999% of the time.
I am looking for a teaching job, and in our area it seems that it just comes down to knowing someone high up enough on the “inside” who can get you a job. I have a few contacts, who say great things about me (at least to my face!) but honestly they have not been very helpful so far. They OFFERED to be references, and then I had to hound them for weeks/months to get letters of recommendation, and they are not timely in responding to reference requests from employers…. many of whom will not even LOOK at my application until all references are submitted! Ugh!
I’ve started subbing, tenatively. I hate going into a new classroom, new kids, not knowing what’s going on, etc. I know it is probably the best way to make connections, but I really don’t enjoy the unpredictable nature of subbing or dealing with kids who try to get away with murder because you don’t know how that classroom “works” normally. Not to mention… no benefits, and pretty crappy pay. I am working another part-time job, at a company which gives health benefits for 20 hours. To go on my DH’s insurance is outrageously expensive.
I just want a full-time job, with benefits. I just want some stability, and my own classroom.
I’ve had ONE interview recently, for an assistant position. I was recommended by the person who left that job… but the principal already “had someone in mind”. He still interviewed me, all the while telling me that he was waiting to see if this other person worked out, because he suspected it would fall through. I felt the interview went really well, but that he was just doing it as a favor to my reference. I’ve called back, only to have him tell me he still hasn’t recommended anyone to HR, and to check back later. Why does this other candidate get such a long time to decide when he has me there obviously dying to take the job????
My previous employers and professors LOVE me…. my current part-time employer LOVES me. I have an excellent academic record. I have an electronic portfolio with sample lessons, photos and videos of me teaching. I’ve been told by veteran teachers that I am organized, thorough, creative, and engaging.
I know the job market is bad right now. I know I need to keep subbing, meet people, and get that “in”…. but I can’t help beating myself up every day for being unemployed (in regards to my actual career). It doesn’t help that I just completed a licensure program with about 12 other people, and most of them got teaching jobs this year.
Tips for job searching, especially in education? I feel like I’m doing everything right, but can’t catch a break. It is really starting to get to me :-/