Did emailing principals get you an interview?

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  1. LITeachTeach

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    I had an interesting interview experience for a school in Queens. They were hiring a middle school social studies teacher and they had over 50 teachers in for an open house. They also had 50 people at a session yesterday. First, they gave everyone a tour and then they broke us up in three groups and went around and asked three simple questions while we heard everyone else's answer. One of the questions was what was your favorite childhood toy and why. Then, we had to do a writing sample where they asked us to write out a lesson plan and then answer two short essays. They said they will pick some of us to come back on Thursday for more formal interviews. It was quite different than any other process I have been part of. The staff and administrators seemed really friendly with each other so I think they were looking for a good personality to fit in.....I was called about a .2 position as in a one-day-a-week position in a great district but I really would like something more than .2! The assistant superintendent is away so they will call when she returns.
     
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    I wouldn't freak out about them not explicitly asking for your references. Did you fill out any kind of on-line application with them? You mentioned one AP was new so perhaps she neglected to ask for them. If they are interested in you, they will drop you an email to list your references and it will be fine...
     
  3. LMichele

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    Problem solved!

    My wonderful, amazing, TECH SAVVY boyfriend had one simple suggstion for me and I was able to get in and update! Woo-hoo!

    I should mention that he IS the tech guy at my current district too :p
     
  4. LMichele

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    No online app. I just e-mailed on a whim this morning and HR called to fit me in today ASAP on the admins lunch break.
     
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    I wish you the best of luck, Michele!! Did you point out your portfolio in your email? Are there references on your resume?
     
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    I did point out the portfolio on my e-mail. My reference page is separate from my resume, and being that the interview was very rush since they had to fit me into a small time slot, it slipped my mind until the end. They did say candidates would hear from HR, which is usually when I get asked for references.
     
  7. PCdiva

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    Found out today that I don't have the leave replacement I thought I did....I was bummed.....ran 9 miles, took a boxing class and now I am sitting down 8 days before school is to start, writing cover letters and emailing principals and superintendents for every district on Long Island! Cross your fingers for me...toes too!
     
  8. LITeachTeach

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    oh no, PCdiva, that's awful. I'm curious if emailing on Long Island is helpful. I limited my emailing to city positions because most Long Island districts use OLAS or their own district systems, which all have my resume. I did get a call from a district because my on-line application was active before they posted a position, but, as I mentioned earlier, the position is only a .2.
     
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    I have an interview next week for a .4 position that I applied for through OLAS.

    I'm going to tell myself that the last 3 hours of emailing was helpful! I'm already on OLAS and many districts search soft...but I'm just hoping that if a principal is in need of a teacher or librarian, they will see my app and call me. It's hard to stand out on those searchsoft or OLAS apps.

    My eyes are shutting! So I'll get back to work tomorrow....

    Is your .2 one day per week or one period per day?
     
  10. LITeachTeach

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    it's one day a week...
     
  11. PCdiva

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    I just saw that lol! At least then you are available to sub the other 4 days a week.

    The .4 position is the same thing- mondays and fridays....I could sub the other 3 days and it wouldn't be as if I were taking a huge pay cut though it would be big.
     
  12. PCdiva

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    I have to interview and get the offer still though! LOL
     
  13. PCdiva

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    How would you word the first paragraph when just cold sending emails?

    I have multiple certfications and while I really want to work in a library, I am open to classroom, sped or reading since I also hold those certs.

    Does this sound right....I feel like I want it to be a little longer...

    I would like to apply for any position that becomes available at ABC School. I am sure my abilities and enthusiasm would be a great addition to your faculty.

    In the 2nd paragraph I talk about my education and certfications

    3rd paragraph talks about the different things I have taught.

    Last paragraph is thank you, also has link to my online portfolio and contact info
     
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    Dear Mr. Principal,
    I am writing to enquire about any possible openings for a teacher or librarian at ABC School.
     
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    I didn't email the principal. I was in touch with the middle school specialist for the district during my student teaching. I signed an early hire contract. So, I knew that I had a job but didn't know where. During the district screening, I talked to a principal who possibly had a science opening at the all girls public school. I actually ended working at the all boys public school.
     
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    I have been searching for a Special Education teacher job for the past year and half. I have applied for hundreds of jobs and had eighteen interviews. I have been somewhat depressed knowing that schools will be starting next week and I would be unemployed again. So, anyway I came across this forum yesterday about e-mailing principals and thought that was a great idea. I spent three hours yesterday sending out fifteen e-mails. I received two responses back right away from principals saying that they did not have any open positions. Well, anyway I got a call yesterday afternoon from a principal that I had not e-mailed asking if I was interested in a full-time Special Education position at his school. He continued to tell me that he received my information from one of the principals that I had e-mailed earlier in the day. I was of course interested and we set up an interview for this morning at 9:00. The interview went great and I was hired on the spot. The principal started the process with human resources right away because he wants me to start on Monday...YAY. In addition to this, when I was in the interview today I had missed a call from another principal that I had e-mailed asking if I was interested in a vacancy that just opened up at his school. I called this principal back right away and he wanted to know if I could interview today, so I met with him in regards to that job too.

    I know this is a very long story, but e-mailing principals really is helpful!! So, for all of those still searching for a job, send those e-mails and resumes out because you just never know what might happen :)

    THANKS to everyone, I would have never gotten a job if it was not for this forum!!
     
  17. Aliceacc

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    YAY Rosebud!!!
     
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    I've browsed the entire thread, but I don't have too many specifics concerning the content of principal emails. It will depend on the purpose, so I'd like some feedback concerning mine if you guys can help!

    I want to send "blind" inquiries to principals, and I'd like to know the most effective words to use to really catch an eye or two. Here is a draft of the email that I plan to send to most principals.

    Is it too long? Too dry? Too vague? Thanks again...



    Dear Principal ___________:

    This email is to inquire about an opening within __________’s Language Arts department at any time in the near future.

    I have attached my résumé, but what a résumé often fails to communicate is the passion that one has for the work that he or she does, and I sincerely hope that these words will convey my love for teaching enough to be considered for a future position – however permanent – at ___________.

    My experience teaching a broad range of subjects and students, across international borders and American state lines is extensive for my age. However, the personal quality that distinguishes me most as a teaching candidate is a unique ability to engage students. As any former colleague will attest, my enthusiasm for my subject is contagious, and all students are inspired to work with me to learn.

    As my résumé will illustrate, I have the skills and experience to thrive at ___________, as well as an insatiable desire to continue collaboratively learning and growing as an urban educator. I would appreciate the opportunity to further discuss a position with you and your staff.

    Respectfully Yours,

    Me

    (this was adapted from my Cover Letter, which has also been posted using these forums)
     
  19. teachin4ever

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    I got my current job by emailing the principal. He even told me after the interview that one of the main reasons he contacted me for an interview was because I emailed all my info directly to him. He said when he has to look through 200 applications, he appreciated the one applicant who was smart enough to email him directly. :)
     
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    I e-mailed a principal at a private school today and she said she will be in touch. Hopefully she will contact me for an interview!
     
  21. Boba

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    It only got me an interview one time and I have sent out many emails (don't know if I would say hundreds though). With the exception of the one who interviewed me, not a single principal emailed me back.

    The principal I met with is one of the nicest people. He called me at home saying he read my email over the weekend and wanted to talk with me. He basically said he would love to have me there volunteering as a counselor any hours that I could come. I met with him and the counselor (also nice), and somehow was able to talk him into hiring me as a sub. even though they weren't hiring (private school).

    I rarely got called to sub there (tiny, private school where they usually hire parents as subs), and never actually ended up volunteering since I had work regularly as a sub. elsewhere, but it did get me an interview.

    But yeah, figure if you sound out 100 emails, that you might even get 5 interviews from that which in this economy isn't bad:(
     
  22. Kristi

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    I live in California. I don't know how it is in other states, but we have Ed Join, here. Most, districts post their openings on Ed Join. I have two experiences with connecting with administrators after hearing of a job opening in their district. For one position, I drove to the school and left my resume with a note for the principal telling him I had applied and was very interested. Didn't even get called to interview on that one. The second time, I literally emailed the head of special education for the whole district, told her I had applied for a job in her district and how badly I wanted it. As it turns out, I got an interview and got the job. The job lasted one year and then they let me go. : ( So, now I am applying for two new jobs. I know what district they're in, but I don't know what schools. I wouldn't know who to email for these positions. Any suggestions?
     
  23. Aliceacc

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    I would send an email to the principal of EVERY school.

    Who knows which school may have a new opening this morning that they didn't know of last night?? Email is so vey easy-- why not contact them all??
     
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    only response I have gotten so far is this one. But I just started emailing principals.

    Thank you for your interest in a position at our school. At the current time, all teaching positions are filled. With the current budget crises taking place in not only Texas, but throughout the United States, I anticipate that any openings that do occur will be filled with teachers who have been surplused from other positions already under contract in _ISD. I am sorry the news is not better about teaching positions at this time. Good luck in your job search.
     
  25. Aliceacc

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    That, sadly, is the state of education at the present-- particularly in November.
     
  26. PCdiva

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    What is the significance of November? Do you know Alice?

    I am curious if there is something with district budgets or something....I always thought after the Oct. 15th cut off for class sizes we were safe, but last year in November my moms school combined classes to cut some teachers-including my mom with 14 years in to part time. This year they are saying they may have to do that again to some people, they should find out on election day.
     
  27. Aliceacc

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    I just meant that school started at least 2 months ago. Aside from long term subs, for the most part I wouldn't expect to see a whole lot of jobs available.

    Education has a very clear hiring season.

    Every once in a while we read of a school doing as your mom's school did, after the start of the school year. So I understand that people may lose their jobs. But I would be very surprised to hear of a whole lot of new openings between now and next hiring season.
     
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    Oh ok, I wasn't sure if that was what you meant or if there was more to it...thanks for clarifying!
     
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    There are a couple problems I have with the email I recieved. First of which is the fact that the ISD website is listing an updated open position at that particular school the principal emailed me from. Second is the fact that this district did not furlow any teachers. Third is if you are in a budget crunch why would you rehire teachers with many years experience over a new hire that would be paid at a lesser pay scale.
     
  30. sizzla_222

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    YES email principals! I have two interviews coming up from emailing schools.

    By simply emailing people I have gotten so many opportunities in life. Here are a few
    -teaching positions
    -playing college basketball
    -playing professional basketball in the UK
    -getting other jobs
    -doing basketball trick shows at churches across the usa (well paid ones too!)
     
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    I don't normally send "cold emails" to principals; that is sending an email to a school that doesn't have any job openings listed. I know how many emails my former P got from central office and other sources that would be a MUCH higher priority. Maybe he would take time to read an unsolicited email or maybe he would just delete it. If I were a P, I would most likely do the latter, since I would have more than enough on my plate already.

    However, I DO email principals when I know there IS a job opening at their school. In fact, I sent two out yesterday and got a call within 30 minutes asking me to come interview at one of them. I'm hoping to hear from the 2nd today because both schools are in the same district, which is almost a 1.5 hour drive from my home. It would be nice if I could make one trip and get both interviews done the same day. But if I have to make a second trip, then that's what I will do.

    I also placed a call to a 3rd principal because my University contact told me there was an opening at the school and gave me the P's number to call. It must be his cell number because it went straight to the P. I got his voicemail and left a message. When I looked at their website, I didn't see the position listed the University contact mentioned. I haven't decided if I'm going to wait for the P to call me back or if I will give him another call first.
     
  32. Irissa

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    Kevmic... It is often in the contract negotiated for the teachers that anyone who got RIFed will be hired back in a certain order. And with RIFs being all to frequent in the last few years they may have a list that is long from a few years back.
     
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    Yes, I cold emailed pretty much every private school in my area and got one interview, didn't get the job though, and have been asked to sub at 3 of those schools by sending my resume.
     
  34. Cerek

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    Despite my own hesitations, I strongly recommend contacting all the principals in your area for your job search.

    This past week, I sent an email to two principals for advertised positions and cold-called a third on the advice of my University contact.

    I was called for an interview at the first school within 30 of my email. The P at the second school sent an email that strongly implied the position has already been filled. Both of these schools are in the same district, so when I finished my interview yesterday, I drove by the other school to leave a copy of my resume', license, transcripts, etc. This morning, the principal at the second school called me. He said he appreciated my determination to get my information in front of him and felt obligated to call me as a reward for that effort. He explained the position has been filled by an internal transfer and they were now looking for a Lead Teacher. I told him I didn't have the experience for that position yet, but would certainly appreciate being considered for any future positions in their math or science departments. He said he would keep me in mind.

    After placing the first cold-call to the 3rd principal, I spoke to my University contact again. She suggested I keep calling him until I got a response. I said I know there is a lot of demand on the time of any P and didn't want to keep pestering him. She said "EVERY principal understands potential teachers must market themselves. You won't offend him by more calls, you will just show your determination." I placed a 2nd cold-call and, this morning, I did hear back from that P as well. He said he couldn't call me earlier because he was waiting for the Board to give him the "OK" to start contacting applicants. He told me to get my application and other information to him and he would begin looking over all the material when they came back after the break.

    So the answer is "YES! KEEP CALLING, EMAILING AND VISITING PRINCIPALS". It WILL pay off eventually.
     
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    I got my present job (and my second one teaching driver's ed for a private company) by emailing, so I definitely say GO FOR IT!
     
  36. escape3500

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    YES. Got me an interview in a district in which I knew NO ONE. Also got me the job :) I did include a link to my online portfolio in the e-mail.
     
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    I have emailed the principals in two of my local districts and gotten several interviews that way. I made sure to include my resume, philosophy, transcript, and Praxis scores with each email.
     
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    I did this last year and got one call for an interview for a LTS job. I had already accepted another temp position, though.

    I also got a call for an interview by emailing but was given the go ahead to mention another p's name in the email and I think that is what got me the interview. As it turns out I was their first choice for that job, but I took another offer instead.

    So it can work, but depends on the district, I think.

    I am going to try it this weekend with some places I have applied to but haven't heard from. Not much time has passed, so I think they may still be open.
     
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    Thanks for the tip.... I think I will e-mail all the principals at the districts that I have recently applied to this week! Hope it works!!
     
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    I emailed all the districts that I have applied to in the last two weeks. That is not many, as I am in a rural area. Anyway, I received one response back from an assistant p. who told me that they havent started the process yet, that she is going to be away next week but will hold onto my information.

    It was nice of her to respond. Maybe she will review my materials and they won't be lost in the "pile". :)
     

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