To email or not to email?

Discussion in 'Job Seekers' started by historyknitter, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. historyknitter

    historyknitter Rookie

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    There is a job opening at my former middle school (low-income, bad part of town, large ELL population - so many people prefer to apply to other schools in town) and since I went there I think I have a chance, and two of my references know the principal pretty well from my understanding (lucky me!)
    I just applied yesterday, but honestly, I have been dreaming of working at this school since I went there and was inspired to teach because of my history teacher there.

    So, since, I just sent it in yesterday I know I shouldn't email this soon, but when can I? I really just want to be noticed and move forward with them but I also don't want to sound crazy or desperate.
     
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  3. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Phenom

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    Why wouldn't you email when you apply? Attach a resume and send away.
     
  4. historyknitter

    historyknitter Rookie

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    I always read to wait a week or 2 before emailing. But I mean, if you think about it it is more from like big businesses standpoint rather than schools. I feel like I'm overthinking everything. I have been subbing all year and just want my own classroom.
     
  5. heatherberm

    heatherberm Comrade

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    I would absolutely email just to say hey, I'm a former student who was inspired to go into teaching because of the great teaching I got while there, I would love to work with you, I applied to the recent opening for X. Maybe it helps and it certainly doesn't hurt.
     
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  6. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

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    Some districts or cities strongly discourage emailing when one applies for a job; discussion here on A to Z indicates that it's generally wise to do as the hiring agency says. In this case, however, historyknitter, you have that personal connection, so I'll agree with heatherberm here: even if the hiring agency discourages emails, email the principal once to gush about the school. (You'll know from the principal's reply whether further emailing is appropriate.)
     
  7. monkeyrun

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    Unless it says no to, email. And with what I have seen, I absolutely wouldn't wait two weeks. I'm trying to transfer to another school in my district. With one place I interviewed at, n less than a week they already had over 100 applicants and had set up interviews. Two weeks from the day they posted they had already interviewed and hired someone (not me :( ).

    I'm sure some places may wait longer, but that hasn't been the case with anywhere I've applied, and so far I've worked for three very different districts in two different states.
     

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