Emailing Principals or Department Heads & Applitrack

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  1. houseofbooks

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    Hey guys! In NJ, a lot of school districts, especially large ones, use applitrack. For schools that use online applications, is it a good idea to email principals or department heads after applying through applitrack? I know some schools say they've gone "completely paperless," which means no emailed resumes, but other applitrack districts don't forbid email outright. What are your thoughts? I definitely want to email every principal of every school I'm interested in, but I'm not sure about the "applitrack districts."

    Thank you, and sorry if someone already asked this question! :love:
     
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    Same is true here in IL. I always email either the DH or the Principal unless if it is expressly forbidden (there have only been a couple that have said "Do not attempt to contact the school in any way until you are contacted), in which case I figure it's better to not go there.

    See my post from 2 days ago- emailing department heads has paid off way more than emailing principals!!!

    The email is definitely a good idea though- gets your name out there at least! I haven't had any luck physically mailing resumes/cover letters.
     
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    I'm so tired of getting the generic "Good luck in your search" replies from principals!
     
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    My district uses Applitrack (blah). Within the online application it specifically says not to contact principals. HOWEVER, my principal will only interview people who come in and personally drop off resumes.
     
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    Me too. I understand that they don't have to reply at all. I truly do appreciate that they're sending an email back. What would be more helpful and take just as much time is to say, "At this time, I do or don't anticipate any openings in that subject/grade level next fall." That way, I at least know if I'm possibly barking up the wrong tree. It's probably not feasible, but it would sure be nice. It's not their responsibility either. I get that. It would just be awesome if they did it that way ;)
     
  7. houseofbooks

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    I always appreciate emails back, too, even if it's not what I want to hear. :) I applied to a ton of private schools (in PA, NJ, and DE) in January, and a lot of the principals wrote very kind letters saying they weren't sure of their staffing needs at the moment. I even got a personal phone call from a P, who told me the English department had a very low turnover rate and he didn't anticipate any openings, but I shouldn't be discouraged in the job hunt. I thought it was an amazing gesture, especially considering some people use the poor economy as an excuse to be unnecessarily cold/callous to job seekers.

    Thanks for all the replies so far! It makes me want to send as many emails as possible, even if the district uses applitrack.
     
  8. Alisha

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    Honestly, we have 5 positions open and my principal didn't even look at applitrack. He picked people to interview that took the initiative to contact him beyond the application system (as I mentioned above). There are sooo many people floating around in that system that I think ANYTHING you can do to tell the P, "Hey, I'm here (and I rock!)," is a good idea.
     
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    Unless it says specifically to not contact them, I don't think its a bad idea to send an email out to Ps and dept heads.

    Where in NJ are you? My district (Mercer Cty) has a literacy coach and ms English position available, as long as they haven't expired yet. :)
     
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    I'm in Southern NJ, but I'm considering relocation to other parts of the state. Southern NJ's market is brutal because teaching seems to be a VERY VERY popular career choice here. The interview on Tuesday is in Monmouth, and I've definitely been applying to schools in Mercer too!
     

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