Emailing Principals

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  1. vateacher757

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    Ok well I am still searching for a teaching position for the upcoming school year. I had 2 interviews soon after school ended. I heard from 1 that I did not get it but have not heard from the other, I am assuming I was not chosen for that either.

    So far nothing that I would be qualified for as a teacher has posted so I was thinking of emailing some of the Principals at the high schools near me. I have not emailed any Principals only completed the online application for each district as required.

    Would you email only or would you also attach a resume? What should my email say?

    TIA
     
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  3. giraffe326

    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    I always attach my resume and a cover letter. I usually just type a short message stating the reason for my email.

    Some people prefer to make the body of the email the cover letter and only attach a resume.
     
  4. sunshine24

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    I do the same as giraffe326: attach my school specific cover letter and resume to the email. In the body of the email, I introduce myself and give my certifications. I explain that I am seeking a full time teaching position and to contact me if any additional information is needed.
     
  5. vateacher757

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    Thank you both!!
     
  6. vateacher757

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    I just sent out a few emails to Principals....time is getting closer to when teachers report and then when students report.
     
  7. monkeyrun

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    Good luck to you! Remember to email even if there isn't a position listed. This year I got two interviews: one from a position that was just listed the day I sent the email (she replied back the next morning and since I was going to that state the next week, we set up an interview for then- and I got the job offer that day), and one from a school who had no positions open at the time I applied. However, when one opened up I got the call. This one was scheduled for after the other one so I ended up canceling it.

    I also wanted to say that the last time I looked for a job, it was not as simple OR quick as this time! I had interviews the last week of July/beginning August and got a job offer in August, so there is still plenty of hope! Even if it might not feel like it at some points. :)
     
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    My state uses Schoolspring to apply for jobs....would you all recommend still emailing Ps even if I apply through there???
     
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    For last minute openings, a principal is probably not going to find candidates through an electronic system that probably requires the district's HR to manage the process. When a P has an opening pop up a week before school starts, they're going to look for someone immediately, which is why so many of us recommend emailing Ps directly. My state primarily uses EdJoin, but I landed my first job by emailing.

    Good luck.
     
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    I've had to do online stuff for each district, but I still always send an email. It doesn't always work, but the only interviews I've gotten have come from schools where I've emailed the principals. One district I applied to showed how many applicants applied to each position, and there were never less than 500; some that I applied to had over 1,000. This is the only district where I've had more than one interview. I don't think there's any way I would have gotten an interview if I didn't make contact myself.
     
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    Wow, interesting!! I've always heard the opposite, so it's cool to hear that you guys have had success with emailing. I guess I will give it a shot - it can't hurt right?

    What do you typically say in an email / attach?
     
  12. vateacher757

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    Update: I emailed 4 schools/principals....only one I knew had an openoing that I was partially qualified for........that school called me today for an interview for that position....although I will be out of town on vacation on the day they want to interview they will do it via facetime.
     

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