Finding a job during the Coronavirus

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  1. footballfan1989

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    My family and I had made the decision to move out of state at the end of last year. We had started looking for jobs and I had got some good interest and emailing back and forth with a few administrators who let me know that they would be contacting me for interviews in April since that is when they do their hiring. That was in February. Then as we all know most schools have been shut down till at least May and I know that Principals have their hands full with all of the transition to distance learning and all of the other craziness going on. My question is for those of you who are involved in hiring when would be good time to contact these Principals. I don't want to seem pushy but because of the big move I am getting a little nervous.
     
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  3. Linguist92021

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    I think if there is an opening, they would still advertize for that. I just got an email that our school is hiring. We have a teacher retiring in juvenile hall and one of our teachers is most likely going to transfer. So her job is available, independent study, I'd say the least stressful job of all. Right now it's for internal candidate but if not filled, in 10 days it will go out to the public.

    I would not contact any principals right now. they're probably not at school anyways and are using their cell phones and might not answer their emails about any jobs inquiries.
     
  4. DHE

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    Found last week that I was being displaced for next year I received an email from another P wanting to set up an interview through Zoom for next week. I;m glad this Pis starting earlt and I pray that I get the job.
     
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  5. RainStorm

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    One of our local school districts just announced that they aren't even going to post job openings for next school year until May 21st, so you can't even apply online until then. Everything is automated here anyway, but if the jobs aren't listed until May 21st, and you only allow a week for posting, it will still be May 29th before the principals and hiring committees get the first applications to review and then to set up interviews, so it will be early June before interviews even start. It's going to be a very late year for hiring this year.
     
  6. Secondary Teach

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    My local Archdiocese of Catholic Schools here in New Orleans is hiring now. They're conducting the interviews through Zoom and/or Skype for the time being. The local public schools aren't conducting interviews yet, but are taking applications through AppliTrak. OP, you can try recontacting those principals, but odds are they've either selected another candidate or are reviewing other resumes. You may wish to apply with other schools, districts, charters, or the Archiocese. Best of luck to you.
    :)
     
  7. TamiJ

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    I'm in the same boat. I have been teaching internationally and am returning home this summer (as long as travel is permitted at that time). I check the job postings daily, and there are still postings in my district, and some new ones that popped up just today. So, I think it depends on the area. I think this is not the most ideal environment and situation to be job searching, but, even with that, we are still going to see a need in some schools.
     
  8. bella84

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    I don't think that it ever hurts to send a brief and sincere email. Although, you might give them until the end of April, given the situation. They may have had to push things back a few weeks later than they originally anticipated. I can tell you that interviews are still happening in my area; they are just all being held over Zoom.
     
  9. DHE

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    I had several interviews via zoom, FT, google meet, and a phone interview. Out of all of them thr phone interview went the best, I got the job, so it is possible. The district that I am going to be working in has a four page list of openings from early elementary to secondary.
     
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  10. waterfall

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    We hired some in March over zoom. Around here, the majority of districts are now waiting until budget projections to post anything else/hire anyone else. The situation here will be dire, unfortunately. Other states sound like they are in better shape. Even in my state, this doesn't mean there will be literally 0 jobs. There will still be retirements, people changing fields, etc. I suspect not as much movement of established teachers between districts just because it's such an uncertain time, but that doesn't mean it won't happen at all. I personally would not email if you don't see any postings, but that's just me. I'd keep checking daily and expect to see more in the summer when districts know more about what they're dealing with budget wise. Get all of your ducks in a row- have your license, letters of rec, resume, cover letter, etc. uploaded and ready to put into applications, and make sure you have all of the contact info you'll need for references. Then you can apply as soon as you see something and send a personal note to principals then if you'd like.
     
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  11. TeacherNY

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    Well, at least you might have an advantage since less people could be applying due to hiding in their houses. Good luck!! Hope find a job soon.
     
  12. Ima Teacher

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    We have hired three teachers so far, and we have (maybe) one more to go.
     
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    Our two best districts in the area are hiring now, beating everyone else to the punch. They're getting new contracts out before other districts have even sent out their intent to return letters. Myself and a colleague got picked up in the district. Because we haven't even been given letters of intent yet from our current district, we technically don't have to resign, just turn down the contract when it comes, although of course, I will do my admin the courtesy of an official resignation. The district we're going to is the one everyone clambors for and once they get it, they never leave. It doesn't look like our district is hiring at all, many jobs they had advertised were removed. They're going to have to, but I think they're going to be late to the game.
     
  14. Mr.history

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    I work in the second biggest district in my state. (GA, huge district)
    Because the governor just announced huge cuts my district and the others have gone into a hiring freeze until they know more. Wherever your considering moving you may want to call the school districts and see what kind of situation they are in.
     
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    One related note here: Jobs are being posted in my area (Metro St. Louis) with much shorter time frames than at any time I've ever seen. So if you're interested in something, jump on it!
     
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    My friend works in a district that is hiring and she wanted me to apply for a position but I don't think I want to move from my current school right now since we don't know what next year will look like in schools. I'm just afraid of the unknown (I know what will go on in my school regardless of public school plans) so I'm hesitant to apply elsewhere.
     
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    We are still looking to hire 1 teacher. (they might choose not to fill the position if this 10 % paycut goes through, but as of right now they are, and they only had 2 applicants.
    And, unless things have changed one teacher is retiring, if he is going for sure, one position will need to be filled either way.
     
  18. ChemTeachBHS

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    Apply for open positions. I got riffed from my private school due to Covid budget cuts and found 12 openings in my area being advertised. I’ve been on 3 zoom interviews so far. Districts are hiring like normal around here.
     

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