Applying for jobs

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Applying for jobs
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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 12:22am

Just curious, how many of you follow-up with the company after you have applied for a job? I am applying

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Sun, 07-31-2011 - 9:59am
I'm so sorry the job hunt isn't going so well right now. It really sucks out there! I think following up with the jobs you really want - like the teaching positions - is enough.

As for DH, apparently you spending your free time applying for jobs isn't showing him enough that you're doing as much as you can? Men :P

Hang in there - something will come up!!




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Registered: 07-15-2004
Sun, 07-31-2011 - 3:38pm
Christine, I'm so sorry. I know how you feel as I was just there. I know that the job market stinks even for teachers as there are so many places that laid off teachers and cut the work force. I thik I just got lucky to find a job and it was all in who I knew. Unforchunatly I have to move 1200 milse and without my husband for 10 months.

Just keep at it. There are lots of us educated people out there fighting for jobs. All I can say is continue to send out the resumes and calling to just double check and let them know you are interested.

 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 10-14-2007
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 6:50pm
Finding a teaching job is tough right now - I am looking as well...and there are so few jobs and soooo many applicants for the jobs there are. I haven't had any interviews - and I NEVER had a problem getting called in for them (I have 5 years experience and have 3 certifications). I don't call the school - most schools in my area use the same application system online and you don't know which high school/middle school it is in (a bunch of districts have more than 1 of each) and the resumes are sent to the superintendent usually and not the principals.

But if I am called into an interview I always mail a thank you card to each person who interviewed me that day.

I hope you find a job ASAP!
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Tue, 08-02-2011 - 5:36pm
Thanks Bridget! I didn't know you are a teacher as well. Are you teaching at the moment?

I was part of a grad school cohor that graduated Dec 09 (I took a year off for multiple reasons and am postponing my last class until I have a teaching job) and only a couple of people out of a cohort of about 25 people have found a job in the last year. Talk about depressing!

The asst principal at the school I did my student teaching at actually asked why my school wasn't trying to discourage people from becoming teachers when the market is so bad!

I'm fortunate that I have my IT career to fall back on for now, but it's sad that even someone as educated and experienced as yourself can't get hired. I live in a big city so there are plenty of positions but way too many applicants. Oh and I always send a TY card as well, no matter what I'm interviewing for. :-)

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Tue, 08-02-2011 - 6:10pm
Thanks Alyssa! DH said the other day that he's mostly anxious because he wants the insurance, not so much for money reasons, so we can TTC soon. I think he's going through a midlife crisis at 35. Lol!

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Registered: 10-14-2007
Tue, 08-02-2011 - 6:17pm
Nope, not teaching right now. I was excessed from my position in June 2010 and was lucky enough to get a leave replacement job for this past school year. But now I don't have a job - part of me is really upset to be out of a job right now, but the other part is ok with it since we have a baby on the way in early November, it would be nice to be home for awhile and kind of silly to be somewhere new for 2 months or so and then be out for awhile.
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Registered: 03-29-2008
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 1:35pm
Hey, Christine! Job hunting is the worst! I'm so sorry that it's taking so long. This may not be your top option, but have you thought about teaching pre-k? It would be a foot in the right direction even if it's not exactly what you want.

Anyways, good luck!

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 2:34pm
Bridget - Makes since not to look for a job right now. I'm jealous of you ladies who aren't working right now and just get to focus on your pgcy! I was commuting 3 hours a day in the middle of winter while I was PG. Ugh.

Suzie - I'm not opposed to preK but I'm not certified to teach it, only K-5.

Well I sent a f/u email to the principal I interviewed with and she said she was going to check my references this afternoon, which means I made the top 2, and asked if I was still interested. I asked if she could give me a pay range and it was really low, like I wouldn't make any money at all after daycare and my commuting expenses (the school is nearly 30 miles from my home) so I had to decline. It sucks because it's such a great district and if it was a benefits eligible position then I could justify taking it for the experience.

I applied to an IT job today and I thought I was pretty qualified for the position but no joke, I got the rejection email within like 30 min of applying. Talk about rejection! I wonder if they had already filled the position and just forgot to take it off their website.

I feel positive about this month, that I'm going to get a good offer, so just trying not to get too discouraged. Thanks for the support ladies! You're the best. :-)

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Registered: 10-14-2007
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 3:51pm
That sucks that the job was so low paying - I am sorry it wasn't better! Wow - 30 minutes to get a rejection email? I feel like a lot of jobs that are posted, are just posted because they have to post it - I feel like a lot of openings (especially in school districts) are already like "meant" for someone. Totally sucks!

I know what you mean about the commute - the school district that I was a leave replacement in was an hour away from my house. I HATED commuting 2 hours EVERY day and there ALWAYS being traffic. I am looking closer to home now for jobs - I can't imagine commuting like I was with a baby at home! I feel guilty just thinking about being away 2 extra hours a day.
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Wed, 08-03-2011 - 11:34pm

Bridget,

I'm finding the same games here. I got called for an interview back in April, at a Catholic school where one of my friends teaches. It couldn't have gone better, but a few days later, I got the rejection letter in the mail and found out from my friend that they gave the position to a sub. I'm guessing they were going to hire the sub all along, but just brought me in as a favor to my friend. They did offer to put me on their sub list but the school was pretty far, almost an hour from my house and have to take all local roads to get there, so I didn't pursue it. Just makes me mad when people take time off from work and/or arrange for daycare for an interview that they have no chance of getting the job. In my hunt, I think I've seen maybe one or two districts that actually did list something like "candidate identified" next to the posting so at least they were honest about it.

I used to work for a large non-profit that also has schools and I even talked to one of the asst. superintendents and he said he would send my resume to all the principals in his territory and I still haven't gotten a call. And one of my old managers said he would put in a good word with the head of all the schools and still nothing. I don't know what more I could be doing at this point. Grr...

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