"Applicant Pools?"

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  1. NewSoCalTeacher2017

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm been more successful this round of applications in getting interviews with districts, but I'm still a bit fuzzy with the details of an applicant pool. I understand that if placed in one, I could be called to interview at a school site. My questions is, how do administrators decide who to pull from the applicant pools? Is there anything I can do to help increase my chances of getting to interview/getting hired after being placed into a pool? Anyone know how many potential candidates get placed into a pool?

    Thanks for your time.
     
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    Does this district allow you to contact principals? I’ve had lots of luck when contacting principals directly.
     
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    This probably means you've been signed up for a "screening interview" where someone from the city or county's HR department will interview you just to make sure you do, in fact, know something about teaching. Once you "pass" that interview, they'll check you off and THEN principals will be able to pull and view your application, and THAT'S when you'll get called for a school-specific interview. (You'll probably also have to re-apply for specific positions at that point.) At least that's how it works where I am; I'm in the job search phase right now too.
     
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    It's completely dependent on the district, IME. In my district, "applicant pool" just means anyone who has applied and made it through the basic electronic screening process- meaning they filled out the entire application, attached everything they were supposed to, and are actually qualified for the job they applied for (you'd be surprised at how many people try to apply for jobs they're not actually certified for).

    I know that in our large city district, you do a screening interview with HR and have to earn a certain score on that to be placed into the applicant pool. You're not able to even access the job board/apply to specific jobs until you've cleared that process.

    I don't know of any district around here that does this, but I have also heard that some large districts will place you into a "hiring pool," meaning you're guaranteed a job there but aren't guaranteed a specific position. You end up being placed into a specific position after interviewing with principals directly.

    Is someone (maybe from HR) specifically telling you that you're being placed into an "applicant pool?" If so, that's your time to ask what that really means for that district. We can really only speculate.

    You could also try asking at the same time if it's okay/recommended to contact principals directly. IMO, that's a gamble. Like Leaborb said, sometimes principals are annoyed by this and think you can't follow the online process (if you do it, make sure it's after you've submitted your online application and make it clear in your email that you've already applied). On the other hand, I do have a couple of friends who insist this is how they got their jobs.
     
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    I really Appreciate That Answer
     
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    Thanks for responding.

    I haven't been told either way. Should I start reaching out?
     
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    Great advice! Thank you!
     
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    Thank you!!
     
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    As has been said, the applicant pool can vary from a small number to a very large number (hundreds or even thousands in some large districts). That said, the number that get called in to interview for a specific position is much smaller. In my experience, only 5-8 ever get interviewed for any given position. So, if you got the interview, you probably stood out on paper. You just need to keep yourself standing out in person. I'll be participating on a interview panel in a few weeks, and we're only allocating 4.5 hours to interview for two open positions. So, the applicants who made it to the interview have a very good chance at that point.
     
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    You were or are a sped teacher, correct?
     
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    Yes. I taught gen. ed., then resource sped, then gen. ed. again, then inclusion/resource sped again, and now I am back in gen. ed again... and looking to get out of the classroom altogether! I might enjoy an interventionist position, but I will not go back to sped in a public school, and I'm pretty much over the gen. ed. classroom. I'm currently agonizing over whether I should keep my gen. ed. position next year or move on without something else lined up.
     
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    I’ve had a lot of success emailing/mailing principals, but in some areas, it’s really frowned upon.
     
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    I would LOVE to move into an intervention position. I'm really burnt out with sped, but after observing all of the nonsense that goes on in in gen ed at my school (and the constant severe behavior), I'm not eager to try to go back to that either. Unfortunately, I think everyone else seems to have the same idea.

    We posted an intervention position last year and 6 of our classroom teachers applied for it (I didn't bother, I knew they wouldn't let me out of sped- I'd have to go elsewhere). I looked all spring/summer last year and couldn't find a single intervention position to apply for, and haven't seen anything posted this year either. I would guess that those positions are just being filled internally like ours was. I'll keep looking throughout the summer, but it definitely doesn't seem promising!
     
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    I see the same thing in my area. It seems that many classroom teachers have a reading specialist certification. So, when a position opens up at a school, someone on the inside gets it. I don't think I'll find a position anytime soon, but it sure is the direction that I'd like to go.
     
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