Interview today... Job ...?

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  1. MrsHoot

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    He called me. at 10:20 2 hours after my interview to tell me that THEY WANT ME!!!!!!!!!!! Whoooooo hooooo! I just have to meet with an HR person and meet with the Superintendent to get the approval.

    He said I was outstanding and blew everyone else out of the water.



    AHHHHHHHHH!!! SO excited! SO SO SO excited and happy and thrilled and it's just amazing.

    Alright. I'm finished.
     
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  3. rachaelski

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    Congrats!!!! I am so happy for you!
     
  4. MsBee

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    Congrats!!!!
     
  5. MrsHoot

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    Thanks!
     
  6. deedee

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    YAYA!! Thats great!! Whats the position?
     
  7. Alisha

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    That is amazing! Congrats!!! :)
     
  8. smalltowngal

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    That's great!!! Congrats!
     
  9. MsBee

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    I want to ask...what do you think got you the position? Any tips for us!
     
  10. emmakate218

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    Way to go, MrsHoot!

    :party:
     
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    AWESOME! Congrats!
     
  12. miss jennifer

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    Congrats!
     
  13. INteacher

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    Way to go MrsHoot - congrats and enjoy the summer planning for your new classroom :)
     
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    PS Don't forget to update your status and post on lemon's 2009's new job post
     
  15. Learner4Life

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    Okay, step by step, down to what you wore, what did you do? (just kidding)
     
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    Congratulations! Have you seen your classroom yet?
     
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    Hooooooray! Enjoy your fabulous day!!!
     
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    Yea! there IS hope, even in this economy! Congratulations!!!
     
  19. MrsHoot

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    Thanks everyone!!!!

    Hmmm.. down to what I was wearing... black skirt, white button down shirt, fun colored scarf and pink shoes! =)

    I am not sure what got me the job. I think the brochure and the packet I gave them helped-- I got folders from Office Max that had a clear cover and then a folder pocket in the back. I put a cover sheet with my name, cert, on front, a cover letter, and a resume. There were two slots perfect for my brochure (which the principal definitely looked through) and a business card which I also made. Then I put my letters of reference in the pocket.

    I think that I nailed the important things- I believe they loved that I mentioned the Daily 5 and that was what I wanted to use in the classroom. I also mentioned how I loved cooperative learning and hands on activities.

    I was really nervous to begin with, and I got there 15 min early. I had reviewed some questions and standards earlier in the morning. I chatted with the principal when I got there because he was the only one. Turns out he went to the same college I went to (a couple of states away) so we made a pretty good connection initially.

    After the initial nervousness, I felt really comfortable in the interview. All of the teachers said hello to me on their way into the conference room. They didn't ask for specific recall situations--which is where I usually stutter and think a lot. =)

    To be honest, I spoke from the heart, I left feeling like I did my best and couldn't have done any better. I was happy with myself, but didn't really have any expectations of getting the job. They had a lot of interviews last week, and then one after me. I tried to remember to keep smiling. I passed my portfolio around at the end, but I didn't reference it during any questions.

    I am very surprised and proud of myself, because I applied to this district and never gave it a seconds glance because of it's reputation. It's a VERY good school district, really hard to get into and they usually do not take first year teachers. BUT here are not a lot of 4-5 teachers here because of the licensure. So I do have a heads up on that because I had licensure in Iowa and immediately got the grades 4-5 endorsement.

    Mind you, I still have to meet with HR and the super to get fully approved and sign papers!
     
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    Congratulations! That's awesome!
     
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    Congratulations !! I am so happy for you . I like the idea of the folder that you used . Do you know the name of them ? I looked on the Office Max web site but I can't find them .
     
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    Also with the folder did you give it to them at the interview or you mailed it?
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Every time someone from AtoZ announces a new job, it's a victory for all of us. YAY!:atoz_love::party::party:
     
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    :celebrate::celebrate:

    Congratulations!!
     
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    How exciting!! Thanks for the pointers ;)
     
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    :party: Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to add you to the 2009 jobs list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
     
  28. MrsHoot

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    What I could find that is close on the Office Max website:

    http://www.officemax.com/office-sup...vers-1/presentation-books/product-prod2040468

    Pretty sure this is exactly what I used, or very very close:

    http://www.officemax.com/catalog/sku.jsp?productId=ARS22546&history=7zfq468p|prodPage~15^freeText~avery^paramValue~true^refine~1^region~1^param~return_skus@m6b7soks|refineName~Price^prodPage~15^paramValue~true^refine~1^sub_attr_name~2^region~1^param~return_skus^refineValue~4+%3C%3D++%3C%3D+5.99@8lw1en7w|prodPage~15^paramValue~true^refine~1^region~1^categoryName~Binders+%26+Accessories^param~return_skus^categoryId~515^parentCategoryID~cat_10003@6nhvcp60|prodPage~90^paramValue~true^refine~1^position~1^region~1^param~return_skus^return_skus~Y

    Sorry that's a really long link!!!!

    I gave them the folders at the interview. There wasn't a really good time to pass them out, but someone mentioned them and then I gave one to each person.
     
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    MrHoot, I was just wondering was this at the same district that told you that you could market yourself better? Or was it at a different district?
     
  31. MrsHoot

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    No this was a different district. Since the first interview, I revamped my resume and polished up my cover letters. Other than that... I haven't done anything differently.

    Except maybe I'm wondering, when I had the first interview I had bronchitis and an ear infection in both ears. So I probably wasn't as chipper as I was today? Who knows!? I will e-mail that HR rep as soon as this job has all of it's ts crossed and i's dotted and maybe I'll ask him what I could have done to better market myself.=)
     
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    Maybe your new resume and cover letter did the trick? What did you did you do to revamp your resume? (I'm sorry to bother you, I'm just trying to see if there's anything I can change to at least get me some more interviews).
     
  33. MrsHoot

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    No biggie, I had a 2 page resume that I cut down to one page. I used word to create one that looks pretty contemporary in my opinion. The cover letter I guess I did Sweeny style. (I didn't realize it had a name to it, I just saw it somewhere and decided to do something similar.)

    So the whole getting everything all done takes a bit, I met with HR today and they are recommending me, and then I meet with the super. As long as the super likes me I am pretty much in the clear, but I have to be board approved and the next meeting is in 2 weeks from yesterday.

    SOOOOOO I'm assuming that's when I'll get the papers and stuff. Fun fun! =)
     
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    How long was your cover letter, MrsHoot?

    I know this is exciting for you, and I'm sure the meeting with the super is just a formality.
     
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    I just responded to your post! Mine was 1 page long. I had the first sentences of every paragraph bolded and being the main idea and then gave examples to support whatever statement I said.
     
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    I just saw that MrsHoot. I used the Sweeny cover letter as well.
     
  37. Miss Bessie

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    After you redid your cover letter and resume , did you resend it to the districts that you already applied to ?
     
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    I'm sure that you'll be glad when the paperwork is all done and you're official, but at this point you should be fine. Thanks for answering my question.
     
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    Congrats on the new job!
     
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    congrats on the new job
     

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