Discussion in 'Job Seekers' started by Caesar753, Apr 22, 2012.
Apr 22, 2012
Las Vegas is not the hotbed for jobs it was a decade ago. Avoid Nevada like the plague if at all possible:
I taught in Nevada until illegally dumped four years ago. That was before the economy went south.
Apr 23, 2012
I would imagine Vegas has all the other problems of a typical city, no greater and no worse. Thanks for the info, Caesar! I have a few friends who are looking to move somewhere new and try new things. I'll pass the info along!
Thanks Caesar! I would love to work in Vegas, but I also would be too tempted to stay up all night to get the $4.99 steak and eggs at 3:00 AM
Caesar - Do you like teaching in Vegas?
:lol: Those specials are tempting, I agree.
I like teaching here for the most part. There are some challenges, of course. I think most of them are the same you'd find in any urban setting. One problem that seems to be unique to Vegas is a high level of transiency. Lots of students move in and out of and within the city. Some students transfer schools 3 or 4 or more times in a single school year. It can be a struggle for everyone involved, including the teacher.
I was all fired up to go to Vegas two summers ago...applied to Clark County, harassed my references to actually return the school district's calls, went through the phone interview all that...then they called me and said they were pulling my app because the state had made a change and no longer had a reciprocal agreement with California. They no longer gave the interim license you needed in order to teach while getting the Nevada Constitution credits. They also changed a requirement so that there was something like three more units of Language Arts required than CA requires for a credential. The class I needed basically didn't exist in CA and I couldn't move to NV without a job to take a class in order to get a job....
My point is, carefully check on state licensing before you go through the school district's steps. The district recruiters are trying to fill positions and they'll tell you it's all good in the beginning. The licensing dept is a different story.
I think it's always a good idea to have the state's license in hand before you apply. I know it's not always easy to do that, especially if it means relocating, but it would help you avoid lots of wasted time and energy applying and interviewing with a district who can't hire you because you don't have the right license.
Yeah, and if I had known it was going to change, I would not have wasted the time. I applied in June, they changed the law in September and notified me of the change in November.
That said, when I started looking in AZ, I made sure to get the state license before I applied for anything. I had to shell out some cash, which is a gamble when you don't know if you'll get a job, but that seems to be the way to play this game these days.
Apr 24, 2012
I agree this is pretty much what you have to do. Even places with better markets still aren't generally so desperate for teachers that they're going to bother with candidates that don't have their license. I have a couple of friends who haven't been able to find anything at home and are applying for jobs in my current state, but they refuse to apply for the license first. I would be surprised if they get any calls at all. Yes, the market is better here, but there are still plenty of licensed candidates seeking jobs.
No. It has a LOT more problems than the average city thanks to the foreclosure mess. There are very, very few jobs there. Just because it has a list of generic jobs doesn't mean there are a bunch of openings.
It used to be it hired some 2,000 teachers a year. This is not the case anymore.
I LIVED in Nevada and know how bad the economy is. It's like you guys don't even read the link I provided. It's bad there and all over the state. It still has about the highest unemployment rate in the country.
There isn't any place in the country that's desperate for teachers. None.
Don't believe the garbage there is going to be all of these retirements and there will be a flood of openings. It will NEVER happen, and not with the current push to privatize public ed.
The list posted to district teachers has 60 pages of specific job openings at specific schools, with PAC numbers and everything. They're not "generic" jobs.
Maybe you can stop stomping all over my efforts to make job seekers aware of job openings in my district. I'm not trying to con anyone into anything, but it feels like that's what you're suggesting. I get it that you were fired from a district in this state (NOT my district, for the record) and that you have a lot of ill-will, but that doesn't mean that everyone shares or needs to share your bad feelings. Get over it and let people make their own decisions about moving here or not. Seriously, it's really aggravating.
I have to agree with Caesar here. The economy is bad everywhere and the jobs are few and far between. With that being said, Caesar is only trying to help...which I think is good.
Tony, I understand your frustration. I've had many friends in CA and FL lose their jobs due to the economy. I don't think education is the booming profession it was 10-15 years ago. I also agree that the retirements are being delayed and/or those retiring are not being replaced. Teachers are working longer for a LOT of reasons and districts are saving money by not hiring teachers to replace retirees.
I do believe that the odds are not in one's favor in this job market to secure a teaching job. That can be said of a lot of professions though. In any event, whoever is looking for a teaching job (including myself) gotta keep hope alive.
Caesar wasn't saying that Las Vegas was the "promised land" for everyone looking for teaching jobs...just that there were postings put up and a few jobs to be had. Tonysam, are you retired or still an active job seeker? If you are the latter, I think it'd be in your best interest to forgive the mistakes made in the past and move on with a fresher, more positive outlook.
Apr 26, 2012
I don't think anyone is stomping all over your efforts Caesar, though I can understand why you might feel like they are. tonysam is expressing a viewpoint that would be relevant to someone trying to enter that job market.
In other words, it is meaningful to hear A viewpoint on the situation in Vegas... one that I agree with BTW. At the same time, it is cool anytime someone posts job opening information here. I don't think it's an attack on you at all.
May 22, 2012
We got word that our school will be staffing at 100% next year. This means that we will be hiring additional teachers, replacing teachers who are leaving, and there will be no layoffs.
I know that we are hiring several secondary math teachers, one Spanish teacher, one French teacher, a few English positions, some social studies positions, possibly a broadcast journalism position, and some special ed positions. If you're interested in working at my school, get a Nevada teaching license ASAP. PM me for more details.
I've posted before about some challenges and struggles that teachers at my school have been facing. Thankfully next year there will be some changes to administration. The district is going to be implementing some special programs at the school as well, and that should help address many of those challenges. I'm more optimistic about next year than I've been for the past several years. I'm happy to share more info and answer questions via PM.
I guess desperate may be a strong word, but there are places (like where I live) that need teachers. The last two we hired were desperation hires...we didn't have dozens and dozens to choose from.
It's the same where I live. In this state the great majority of people want to live/work in the two larger cities. Up where I live, we might get 10-15 applicants for a position. They just hired my replacement and I believe they only got 8 or 9 applicants. In the fall we hired a title 1 teacher and we didn't really like anyone we interviewed, but the position was left up for weeks and we only had 5 candidates, so we had to just choose one to fill the position. In my state, you just need an elementary ed degree to teach title 1 (no "reading specialist" certificate required), so it wasn't even that it was a rare certification or anything.
May 23, 2012
It was kind of you to let us know, Caesar.
Someone is going to get those jobs. In a rough hiring climate, it was very thoughtful of you to let the A to Z crew know of the openings.
I'm pretty sure that no one is looking for 2,000 openings--- just the right ONE.