Does being recommended=have job?

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  1. FaithDriven

    FaithDriven Rookie

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    I apologize if this topic has already been posted but I could not find it. I got a call this morning for a job that I interviewed with on June 4th! (Yes, over a month ago!) Its been over a month so I assumed that the position went to someone else. Today I got a call from the head of special ed. saying she didn't want to leave me in the dark and that they are recommending me for hiring if I want to accept. Of course I said yes! She said the principal would be calling me later today (he still hasn't but I know she said he has back to back interviews all day long). She said if I don't hear from HR in 2-3 weeks to give her a call. Does this mean I actually have the job?! This would be my first teaching job AND I will be moving from CA to Texas. Sooo much going through my head right now. I'm not extremely excited yet because I'm not sure if its too early to celebrate! At this point do I stop looking elsewhere? Or do I do that after the contract is signed?
     
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  3. agdamity

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    Usually being recommended does mean you have the job, but I would not stop looking until you have a contract in hand. It's rare that the board doesn't support recommendations, but it does happen.
     
  4. Bunnie

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    I'm in the same boat as you in terms of being offered a position but not hearing from HR yet. I would say it's pretty much a done deal but nothing is solid until you sign that contract. So keep that in mind.
     
  5. FaithDriven

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    Okay, thank you both! Waiting and more waiting...
     
  6. Mrs. Rader

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    It sounds very promising for you! Sometimes things happen on the technical end and selecting candidates can be a time consuming process. Just stay patient and wait for that phone call. Nothing is for sure until you receive the call telling you that you were selected.

    I too am in a similar situation with my target school district. Both my interview with the principal and site based committee went very well. The principal was very positive and told site based that I was an excellent teacher and he was impressed with me from substitute teaching. The second interview was 3 weeks ago! :( No news at all!
     
  7. giraffe326

    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    Keep applying and interviewing until your contract is signed. Being recommended means the P picked you, but HR/superintendent also has to approve you. I would say 90% of the time, or more, you get the job. Sometimes nepotism rears its ugly head. :(
     
  8. ready2learn

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    I have not gotten a job before after being recommended to the board. That being said, that is extremely rare. I would say you have the job. (That coming from someone who has not had board approval.) Congrats!
     
  9. ozzy1011

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    First off, congratulations! I am also a first year teacher with a new job in Texas. I was initially very confused about the process here, so let me tell you what I've learned. Now, I know this all varies by district, but I've been told that all of the major districts in my area operate in a similar fashion (especially the larger districts). I'm in the DFW area.

    My principal had to get clearance from HR before he could hire me. This meant checking my references and having HR verify transcripts and background check before he could make an official offer. It was all clear, so he made the offer and I verbally accepted. Once he received my verbal acceptance, he was to enter it into their system - basically alerting HR that I was officially a new hire.

    Next, I was to contact HR and set up an appointment to sign a Letter of Commitment. This basically serves as a written acceptance until my contract is in. I signed and then attended a brief orientation about benefits. At this time, I was told that my contract will not be available to sign until September - at least a week or two AFTER school starts here. This is because the board approves all new hires hired over the summer at board meetings in August. The district is so large that they are typically voting "yea" or "nay" on a list of dozens of candidates at each board meeting. At that point, it seems to be ceremonial more than anything else.

    Anyway, I was told by HR that once I accepted the offer verbally, the job was most definitely mine. Also, signing that letter of commitment sealed the deal and made me much more comfortable. If I were you, I would call HR and explain your unique situation (that you're moving from out of state, etc.) and ask about the process from here on out. Everyone I dealt with in my HR department was happy to help - even if it took them a while.
     
  10. FaithDriven

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    Mrs. Rader: I know its hard waiting and trying to have patience. Best of luck to you.

    giraffe326: At least I know that I should not feel bad accepting other interviews. Thank you!

    ready2learn: Did they let you know why you were not approved? At least I know that this is a possibility. I am going to keep searching just in case!

    ozzy1011: Thank you so much for all of that info! I actually applied in your area as well. I love DFW. I am going to pm you.
     

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