Did I apply too late?

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  1. ST13

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    So some of you may know my story since I've told it so many times. Basically I've had no luck finding a job. I've had a few interviews here and there but nothing serious.

    Anyway, I've been going back and forth about moving south to find a job to gain some experience and hopefully make me more marketable. Last year I was really big on the idea. A few months ago though I decided I would once again (naively) try to find something up here first.

    Well last weekend I came to my senses and decided to start applying to districts in the south. I applied to schools in FL, NC and VA. What I didn't realize though is that schools start earlier in the south than in NY. Here we don't start school until after Labor Day! So I was kind in the mindset that I had over a month.

    So my question is, did I apply too late? I mean, I'm really hoping to get hired but I'm worried that I applied too late and won't have time to actually move.

    Has anyone ever been in my shoes? How late did you apply vs getting hired and situated?
     
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    The county I work for in Florida (St. Lucie) is holding a job fair today even though we start back in two weeks. It would definitely not be too late to get a job. They still have about 150 instructional positions to fill.
     
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    Many parts of Florida hire year round. No, you have not applied too late.
     
  6. kaitydid

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    I don't think you applied too late. My district is still looking for a few teachers (I even talked to one teacher whose ELA team has been interviewing for a 6th grade teacher all this week!), and school starts August 11.
     
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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg is most likely going to start the year with dozens (if not hundreds) of subs. You are a month away from the first day there, so you definitely have enough time. When I moved to NC, I didn't interview until mid-July.
     
  8. lilia123

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    In NC you can never apply too late. Most districts hire year round.
     
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    Schools here start after Labor Day, and many local districts are still posting individual jobs...many of them have dozens listed with more appearing every day. There is still hope, in my area at least. :)
     
  10. ST13

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    wow! thats so great! I feel better now I was really worried I lost my chance.
     
  11. MrsC

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    I interviewed for my first contract position at the end of the first week of school and started the Monday after I interviewed. I've been at schools where new teachers were hired well into the school year. It's never too late to apply.
     
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    You have time, keep applying. Districts will hire even after school has begun or teachers have to report back.
     
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    I'm not in any of those states, but just this week I got a call for an interview at a school/district I didn't even apply to (another district sent them my resume) and they start school in August, so I think you will be fine / it's not too late!!! Many schools are still interviewing. And a lot will hire year-round.
     
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    Thanks so much! Keeping my fingers crossed!
     
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    Honestly, if you are in the position where you are able to move to get any experience you should do it. Having to move is better than not getting any experience because the area you are in is saturated. Lots of teachers who are married and have kids don't have the ability to relocate, but if you do, you should seriously consider it, just for the sake of having the experience and avoiding a gap on your resume.
     
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    Yeah I'm definitely taking advantage of the flexibility. I'm ready to move whenever I get a chance.

    My worry is I've applied out of state and still haven't heard anything back from any of the districts which is worrying me because I feel like if I can't get in to a district that has that many openings this close to the school year I'm not really sure what else to do. I guess it's more of a confidence and self esteem factor than anything else.
     
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    Do you have a license or have you applied for a license in these states yet?

    It is definitely not to late.
     
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    No. I haven't. I know that's probably hurting me but I just can't bare to give any more of my money until I am at least CLOSE to getting hired. I've just spent so much money to NYS on tests, mandatory workshops and applications!
     
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    Well I heard that the Las Vegas area is in dire need for teachers if you're willing to move there!
     
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    Not having a license will probably be fine in NC. I didn't have one when I got a job there. And Wake County and Mecklenburg County have too many openings for that to be an issue.
     
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    I was hoping that wouldn't be an issue due to all the openings I've seen! My friend got a job in NC two years ago without an interview OR a licence.
     
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    The are a PRAXIS state, but they have reciprocity with most states. My home state has their own tests, but I was able to avoid taking the PRAXIS because the requirements in Michigan are stricter than North Carolina. I simply wrote a check, filled out a form, and got my license in the mail a few months later.
     
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    Wow that sounds awesome! I would love to avoid taking any type of certification test ever again haha.
     
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    Our kids start next Wednesday, and we start this Wednesday. Too late to start the year here, but the last several years we have hired teachers in October and January due to retirements and job changes.
     
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    Wow you guys start a lot earlier than I'm used to. What state are you in?
     
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    I am in NC (moved here from NJ last year) and our school just started today; my principal is still hiring for teachers. You still have hope!
     
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    Oklahoma City school started school today with 60 vacancies.
     
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    Not sure about the hiring where you live, but I've noticed when I've been job hunting that principals post things very late like within 2 weeks of the school year starting, to actually during the beginning of the school year. I agree with some posts on this forum that July is a slow month. Many admin take their vacation in July.

    August IMO is the best chance to get a job if you haven't already and our school year here starts in August for many districts.
     
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    Thanks so much for all the advice! You're all so right. The second August came the calls have been coming in! Keeping my fingers crossed!
     
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    I wish you the best =D Since August has started I have had 4 interviews (I have 1 tomorrow and a panel interview to follow up a screening interview on Monday). Hang in there. I know how disappointing it may be to have had many interviews and no offer. August IMO just seems to be the best month especially IF the school year started (many principals won't let teachers transfer when the school year starts IMO so that is a benefit to people trying to get jobs!).
     

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