- 4 months ago
Before I begin, yes, I understand no job is guaranteed to be yours when an opening is posted online and many applicants apply. However– the circumstances surrounding this particular job lend themselves to everyone I’ve asked agreeing that yes, the job would have been a perfect fit, and being shocked that I was passed over.
Some background– I moved out of state, leaving my teaching job (3 yrs experience) in my previous state, so my husband could take a new job out of the military. I did my work and transferred my credentials.
We moved to a more rural area, where the nearest school was 5 minutes away, but the next closest ones were 30-40 minutes away when there isn’t snow on the ground (Which there is most of the year). I’m used to being in a semi-large urban area with 5 different school districts within 30 minutes.
I spent the last year subbing at this school. I established a positive rapport with all the teachers, staff and administrators. When a position opened up in my field, the principal and another high ranking admin both approached me to tell me about the opening. I sat down for an informal meeting with the principal. In fact, I have been covering all of the sub days for the teacher whose position I would have taken.
A little about my qualifications: I have a BA in my field, an MEd, 3 years experience, experience teaching AP, stellar recommendations, I have already begun immersing myself in the culture of the town, and of course live 5 minutes away.
I was brought in for an interview, and I thought it went so-so.
Some things just struck me as a bit fishy though. I spoke with one of the athletic directors and he said “oh your name is x? your name came up when we were trying to find someone who could coach soccer, and we saw that you did the academic sponsoring.”
I also was strung along for a week past what they said they’d be waiting to tell me if I got the position. When the principal did finally call me up and tell me I didn’t have the job, he said “we don’t take things like coaching into account, as we saw you’ve sponsored clubs in the past”, when I didn’t even ask that in the first place. He also gave me a really non-committal answer as to what I could do to make myself more competetive and he said “the other person was just more in line with our goals as a school” (which, I’ve been a teacher long enough to know that’s the answer you give when you don’t want to be honest with why the person didn’t get the job).
My husband seems to think that maybe they thought they could benefit by hiring one of the other qualified candidates, and keep me on as a sub because I have proven to be such a good sub (I get personally requested by many teachers). He also thinks that since there are probably so few people in the 25 mile radius with my qualifications, this person must have had some personal tie to the school, or been the coach they wanted in order for them to trump my application.
So now I’m in the situation where I have 3 more sub days until the end of the school year, and I have to go in and see these people face to face. I feel so insulted, and it’s going to be humiliating going back in to this office, with all of them knowing that I was rejected for this job. Not to mention, if I end up subbing next year, what an insult it’s going to feel like if I am called to sub for the person whose job I wanted. I don’t know… am I allowed to feel this way? Would you feel the same way?
And like I said, I realize that 99.9% of the time, a job isn’t guaranteed to you. You’re not owed a job. But I just thought that I’d shown that I’d invested in this small town, invested in this school, and invested in the community, and they would think I was a good fit.