How many different schools/districts did you interview with before you found a job?

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  1. MassNerder

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    How many different schools/districts did you interview with before you found a job? I would appreciate any feedback regarding this topic. Thank you!
     
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  3. Missy99

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    I had interviews at three different schools in one district before I was hired (by the first school at which I interviewed).

    But, I applied with more than 10 districts in my area (I live in a major metropolitan area).

    You might check out the Job Seekers forum here -- it helped me get my job!!!
     
  4. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    The first year I applied to at least 20-30 districts within an hour drive (we could relocate if needed). I had about 10 interviews. This was the summer right before I did my student teaching so I didn't have that experience so I didn't get hired, but it was great practice. I graduated in Dec of that year. In March I was contacted by a school district to finish the year as a long term sub as a reading specialist which turned into a full time kinder position. We moved after that year. I interviewed at one school and got a call that night that I had the job. I resigned because we were expecting. It has been 2 years of trying to get back into the classroom with no such luck. I've been on about 6 interviews in those 2 years.
     
  5. Learner4Life

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    I've been on countless interviews in a variety of districts with no luck for 3 years now... but I wish you all the luck in the world!!!!
     
  6. luckyal29

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    1 interview but I must have applied to 25 different districts
     
  7. yearroundteach

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    I live/teach in one of the largest school districts in the country. I also interviewed at one of the highest need times for my district; so I don't think my experience is very typical but I'll share it anyway.

    My university set up interviews with the school district immediately upon graduation. Everyone was given an interview time and went to a mass interview on campus. Various principals, superintendants, etc. volunteered to be the interviewers. You went in, they asked you three questions, and that was it. Your interview was then scored and available along with your resume for any principals who had openings to view them.

    My experience gets even stranger than that however. Typically after that interview you would be contacted by a principal who would normally invite you in to interview with them. I, however, just went to the mass interview as a formality because I had already been hired by the school I student taught at.

    So essentially I interviewed with one district and one principal but my experience is usually unheard of, especially in this economic climate. I feel very fortunate that things fell into place the way they did. There was also alot of good timing involved in that, during the time I student taught/interviewed, the district was hiring almost everyone that applied. I would like to (and choose to ;)) believe that I had talents, abilities, and experience that also helped but the reality is that I was also lucky to be in a "right place, right time" kind of situation.
     
  8. Major

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    None...... The Super lives 5 houses down from me.... and I helped elect three of the school board members.... Plus I'm only a sub... not a real teacher.:p

    In my district inexperienced or new teachers have a very tough time finding a position....... unless they know someone. Around here it's "who you know" that counts....:)
     
  9. **Mrs.A**

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    I applied and interviewed in one district because I knew that's where I wanted to be..I interviewed at three schools before getting the job I have.
     
  10. leighbball

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    In my first search, I interviewed probably 20 times or so and applied to nearly every public school district in the 4 counties closest to me. The second time around was about the same...and I had 2 job offers that time :)
     
  11. Mrs.Z.

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    My first job I got, I got the first job I interviewed for. I quit after a year (had a baby)

    This year, I interviewed at three schools in one week and recieved offers from all three. It was nice to have my pick (although they were all private schools). I probably applied to 5 or 6 districts in the area to no avail.

    But I'm VERY happy where I ended up.
     
  12. Tasha

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    I applied to 3 districts and went on one interview, they called me the next morning and offered me the position. Other schools from all 3 districts also called me, but I had already accepted my dream job. I was incredibly blessed to get the position that I have and even when I think of it now, I can't believe how it happened.
     
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    My first year I had 1 interview and waited a month to find out that I had the job. I left a year later because of attitudes of staff and admin that really made the school a negative environment.
    I went on 6 interviews in the year that I subbed for a local school district.

    I finally found a position last June for the this school year. Ironically, my boss worked as the super at my old district. He now hears every word I say since his office is next to my classroom. I guess I was always destined to work with him.
     
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    I stopped counting because it was so depressing. I went through an ACP program and had to work for a certain district - I had interviews for K through 4th Grade, in the bad areas of town and the really, really bad areas of town.

    I got a job as a teaching assistant for 1st - 3rd and that helped me get enough experience to make it sound like I knew what I was talking about. 2 years later my school "downsized" and let go of 15 teachers (last hired) went through it all again - there were just no openings. I come off very quiet when I'm nervous and people just couldn't see me commanding a classroom.

    Tasha - sometimes I truly believe things are meant to be, so still looking for another Kinder teacher?
     
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    Yes! I expect it to be psoted any time now! Also, my nosing around has revealed that no one from my school is looking to move to kindergarten.
     
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    I applied for 38 jobs last summer (not sure how many districts-10?) and I interviewed with 4 districts. Three of the four offered me a job.
     
  17. monsieurteacher

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    I applied to one job, and I got it.

    After that year was over, I applied for another three or four jobs without getting any interviews. I was offered a few other jobs and finally landed where I am now. God only knows what will happen in the next few months leading up to next school year!
     
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    Last year I had about 16 interviews and landed 1 job at a private school. This year I've already applied to over 10 districts, and 1 interview that I didn't get. I get very nervous before interviews, and I have no experience in a public school. Since I've been teaching for a private preschool for a year, I'm hoping I'll have just enough experience to land somewhere this year. I'm hoping that this year turns out better than last!
     
  19. terptoteacher

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    I applied at a co-op which services 10-15 nearby districts.
    But I never heard from them...

    I applied at one local district and had 5 interviews. I was lucky to have that. I know many people who never got one interview. I didn't get hired there. I did work at one school as a lts in a deaf ed position. I heard that they had flagged my file with a post it saying "don't hire--needed in Deaf Ed." Then there was an opening in that school for a regular ed position. Principal told me it was mine. I interviewed and they chose someone else.


    I left that district and went a little north. I subbed there for 5 months and got hired in June after 2 interviews.

    It seriously felt like years that I was searching. It was devestating every time I got a call or letter saying, thanks but no thanks. I stopped looking for 5 months and ate. A lot.

    When my husband showed me our financial status, I pulled myself out of the funk and started subbing again.
     

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