how to do more than EDJOIN **high importance**

Discussion in 'General Education' started by PSteach4me, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. PSteach4me

    PSteach4me Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2014
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 29, 2014

    Hi all,

    It's been my wife and mine's dream to move to a safer, nicer area in CA for many years now. Recently we were blessed with twins so now it is imminently important we make this move. Since hiring is still scarce in the area we seek, there will probably be only a handful of jobs next spring that open up. How do I stand out from the crowd?

    Can I send my resume to the district offices in this area in addition to submitting the EDJOIN paperwork? Can I send my resume to individual schools...individual principals prior to any actual postings on EDJOIN?

    What can I do to give my family the best chance for this to happen?

    Any input is greatly appreciated,

    Thanks everyone.
     
  2.  
  3. yellowdaisies

    yellowdaisies Fanatic

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2,653
    Likes Received:
    232

    Jul 29, 2014

    Are you in SoCal? A lot of postings down there explicitly say "Do not contact."

    The thing about sending resumes to individual schools in CA is that many (I want to say most, but I'm not entirely certain) districts do not hire at the school level; they hire at the district level.

    I don't know. The job market really has loosened up a lot, but I've always been wary about contacting individual schools in California, at least in SoCal, which is where I have the most experience. The districts down there are just so huge and I'm not sure it would do any good. If they have asked not to be contacted it could really hurt you. However, things are changing now so it's really hard to say...

    ETA: Private and charter schools are another story. I would absolutely contact them.
     
  4. PSteach4me

    PSteach4me Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2014
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 29, 2014

    Thank you yellowdaisies.... this is why I'm glad I asked! yes, it is Southern CA....so I guess I should really check the postings?

    It's just too bad you can't really do that....it's like you're totally dependent on this computer system.....ugh
     
  5. YoungTeacherGuy

    YoungTeacherGuy Phenom

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2007
    Messages:
    4,209
    Likes Received:
    1,139

    Jul 29, 2014

    I'll speak for my district (in the Central Valley of California):

    I would highly advise against contacting principals directly. It is extremely frowned upon (maybe it's a CA thing?) and HR handles everything, anyway. Once they meticulously screen the applicants, we interview about 5-6 people (per position).

    We use EdJoin exclusively.
     
  6. PSteach4me

    PSteach4me Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2014
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 29, 2014

    Thanks YoungTeacherGuy. In addition to being well qualified (obviously this is the biggest factor), is there anything one can do when using EDJOIN to strengthen their candidacy? I guess I'm thinking ... professionally designed resume? Compelling cover letter? With your experience using this, what have you typically seen that helped candidates to get to be those 5 or 6 finalists?

    Thanks much,
     
  7. YoungTeacherGuy

    YoungTeacherGuy Phenom

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2007
    Messages:
    4,209
    Likes Received:
    1,139

    Jul 29, 2014

    Email the personnel/HR specialist (found on district websites). They are the ones who handle the application process. Let them know that you already applied via edjoin; however, you wanted to introduce yourself and let them know how interested you are in working for their district. You'd be honored if they'd consider your application.
     
  8. yellowdaisies

    yellowdaisies Fanatic

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Messages:
    2,653
    Likes Received:
    232

    Jul 29, 2014

    Yay, I was hoping you'd come on here and answer, YTG!

    PSteach - SoCal is pretty similar to what YTG is talking about I think.
     
  9. ahodge79

    ahodge79 Companion

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2009
    Messages:
    222
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jul 30, 2014

    I created an InfoGraphic about myself using the website easel.ly. I strongly believe it got me the interview (and I got the job!) The superintendent was at the interview and mentioned how unique it was. I uploaded in to Edjoin under "other".

    I also put creative design elements into my resume and cover letter. The quotes I have running down the side of my resume got me an interview- the principal's assistant (who was going through the resumes) said she just had to call me.

    I live in Orange County and at least this year there were quite a lot of positions to apply for. If it hadn't worked out I would of subbed because that's the way most people get started... but with little kids that will be impossible (unless you have very flexible family members that can help). and fyi, I did send some emails out to principals but didn't get any response.
     
  10. Peregrin5

    Peregrin5 Maven

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,770
    Likes Received:
    1,000

    Jul 30, 2014

    I think as long as you have all the requirements they ask for uploaded properly to the website you should be fine. In my experience, from talking to my Principal, the first people they screen out are those who do no fill in the applications properly. Then they screen out those who don't have the credentialing or requirements (fingerprinting, CPR) they need for the position. Then out of those left they'll mostly favor giving interviews to those who have had educational experience of some sort. Teaching experience is best, but I believe most districts will take any type of experience.

    From then on, its all about how well you interview.
     
  11. Ms.Blank

    Ms.Blank Companion

    Joined:
    May 11, 2011
    Messages:
    249
    Likes Received:
    3

    Jul 30, 2014

    I've got nothing to contribute except that I love this thread; it will be very helpful to me in the future! Thanks for all the info!
     
  12. John Lee

    John Lee Groupie

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    1,463
    Likes Received:
    45

    Jul 30, 2014

    So (you being a P yourself), you're saying that if a bright, outstanding, qualified candidate came and introduced themselves to you, you wouldn't remember that person if/when jobs did come available?

    I'm not trying to take issue here BTW. I just think this is the BEST way to get hired. You have to understand: on an electronic application, you are just like everyone else. Hundreds and hundreds of them, with: a college degree, a credential, student-teaching, with letters of recommendation... you're a dime a dozen.
     
  13. YoungTeacherGuy

    YoungTeacherGuy Phenom

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2007
    Messages:
    4,209
    Likes Received:
    1,139

    Jul 30, 2014

    Here's how it works, John Lee:

    When postings are made available via EdJoin (for my district, in particular), the name of the school that is hiring is not listed. Instead, it'll say _______ School District (x positions need to be filled).

    An applicant would need to visit each of the 20 schools in my district to meet each principal face-to-face and find out if their site is one of the schools that is hiring a teacher. It'd truly be a crapshoot. Keep in mind, though, that the postings on EdJoin (not only for my district, but for others) say: Do not contact site principals.

    I wholeheartedly stick by the original advice I gave the OP.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. bella84,
  2. MrsC,
  3. Preschool0929
Total: 545 (members: 6, guests: 513, robots: 26)
test