Best Time to Apply

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  1. nasimi77

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    I currently teach in a private school. However, I'm hopeful to find a job in a better paying district next year. (public). I've already had a few friends suggest putting in applications now, but I think this is too early don't y'all?:confused: I got my credential in April of this year and applied like crazy, but it seemed to me the districts waited until the last minute to hire. I suppose this is a bit early ;) to even be bringing up this topic, but in the true spirit of being a teacher, I'm just thinking/planning ahead.:)
     
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    Around here Jan/ Feb. is the average time.
     
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    Wow, Jan/Feb....really!? That seems early, but I guess it can't hurt to apply then. Thanks MissFrizz. ;) This means I will have to ask for a letter of rec from my current principal, which is a bit awkward since she'll know I am going to continue looking for a job in public. However, I don't think it will come as too much of a shock.:cool:
     
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    Or you could just be asking for a letter of reference to update your record keeping.... I don't think you shoud worry about it.
     
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    Good point, thanks.
     
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    Keep in mind that the applications are usually only kept for 6 months.
     
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    True. However, there being a surplus of elementary ed teachers makes timing a bit more key.
     
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    I'm in the same boat. We've got a week off in February (winter vacation) and I plan on asking for my letters of recommendation a few weeks before then so that I can hopefully get my resume packets together and mailed out during my time off.
    I know my principals expect me to apply to the public schools again for next year, but doubt they'll be expecting me to ask for my letters that early!
     
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    Beth2004: Your plan sounds like a good one. I'd like to try and get out resume packets around Feb/March. I had considered even talking to my principal before we go on Christmas vacation. However, not sure on that one yet. I just know when we get back in the New Year things will get even busier, and our next break isn't until April for Easter, and I know I don't want to wait until then for a letter. Oh well, like my mom always says, "It all comes out in the wash."
    Anyhow Beth, good luck to you and let me know how that goes. ;)
     
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    A question regarding recommendation letters...
    I have some very favorable ones from former professors and cooperating teachers that were written this past summer while I was still student teaching and in school and I included then when I was first applying to teach in New York. But by the time I apply to teach in Michigan they will be several months old. Should I ask for new ones or will the ones from 7 months ago be fine?

    I also plan to ask for letters from the Assistant Principal and Principal of my present school but want to wait until it's closer to the time I give notice.

    Thanks and good luck to all who are still looking as well!
     
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    I don't think 7 months is too old....most places want a reference that is no older than a year.
     
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    Around here, 3 years and less for a letter is fine --
     
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    Where are you located Gr8?
    I am also interested in when to apply and how to go about doing it. I am a first year teacher and I want to go to a better paying district. I have already heard through the grapevine that they are cutting the pre-k program here next year. Do I use that as an excuse to move? Should I be up front? I am worried that I will not get a job in another school district and they will pass me over in my current district for a teaching vacancy. What should I do?
     

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