Looking again....

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  1. Rainbowbird

    Rainbowbird Groupie

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    After four years, I am job hunting again. I have loved my job, but my position was eliminated and I was transferred to a new grade level. Due to changes in my district, my school no longer offers the supports that it used to, and the new principal is dreadful, so I decided that since I have to move my room and switch grades anyway, I might as well look around. I just got tenure, but that doesn't mean much in my tiny district. I have seen tenured teachers get RIF'd just like everyone else. I am hoping to land a job in a larger district with more job security and more support programs in place. My school is truly beginning to hit rock bottom, and there is talk that it will be shut down eventually and redistricted to be part of another school system, anyway.

    I had an interview last week that went well, but I haven't heard back. The principal was super nice and told me it might be awhile, but I have a feeling it's a no-go. It's been long enough. But, yesterday I got TWO calls for interviews directly from the principals and they both wanted to talk with me for 5+ minutes, so I thought that was a good sign. I'm hoping this is a good omen. One of the interviews is next Thursday, the other one yet to be determined. The p. said she was putting me in the interview pool and would have the secretary call me as soon as they get their schedule done. The other p said I was the first person he called, and gave me my pick of times.

    My only concern is that I am more expensive than new graduates. I have to hope that they are willing to pay for experience.

    Worst case scenario is that I go back to my old job and just suck it up and deal for another year., and try again next year I have great colleagues, but with all of our support going out the window and a toxic administrator, it is becoming very difficult to work there.
     
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  3. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Maven

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    I hope you get an opportunity at a new district.

    If you don't get a new position, sit down and think about what you could do to add to your resume and make a photo brochure documenting it.

    But I hope you get a new position so you don't have to worry about that.
     
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  4. vickilyn

    vickilyn Magnifico

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    If the other principals are calling you, they must know you will cost more. You can hire new grads some of the time, and be fine, but many districts would rather pay more for a teacher who has proved they have what it takes to be successful. Best of luck.
     
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  5. Bunnie

    Bunnie Devotee

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    Seems lately having experience is what I've seen admin wants. I don't live in an area where they want a cheaper candidate as a deciding factor on hiring someone. Having experience is truly beneficial when looking for a job.
     
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    DressageLady Comrade

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    Good luck!
     
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  7. hellokimmie84

    hellokimmie84 Rookie

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    Keep us updated on your journey!! Good luck! I hope it works out in your favor.
     
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  8. Rainbowbird

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    Thanks everybody. So here's an update. I went on interview #2 of the season last week. It went very, very well. I felt a rapport with the team, answered questions thoroughly and with lots of detail and examples, and what was supposed to be a 35 min. interview lasted one full hour! I assume if they wanted me to leave sooner, they would have found a way to do so. It was not a huge committee--principal and 4 other staff members. I was escorted out by the principal who chit-chatted with me on our way out. He said he would not be able to call one way or the other until Wed. I was feeling on top of the world until he said on the way out "Good luck" after saying goodbye. I have no idea what that means. If it is just a friendly way to say goodbye or if it was a slip as in, "Good luck on your search because we aren't going to hire you here". LOL.
    Anyway. I got another call for an interview last week that was held today. This time I could not read the committee at all. I just felt that they were tired and weren't really into the interview or maybe not into me. I didn't really care for the neighborhood, it's not a great area although it seemed like a nice school. At the end they asked me if I had any questions etc. and I said no, I'm all set, thanks so much etc. and got up to leave. At that point, I really wanted to get out of there. There had also been a weird vibe between assistant p and the rest of the team...they were def. giving each other looks about her! That made me just want to get the heck out. Anyway, as I left, the principal jumped up out of his seat to try to get the door for me. He said, "Thank you, I will give you a call". Surprised he said that because again, I didn't really feel that I had impressed them that much. Not sure that I would want to make the commute; it is lengthy and through some bad traffic areas anyhow, and the school starts really early. I'm a mom so I have to think about how things like this impact my day. So we will see.
    Haven't heard from the other p who I talked to last week, but ran into a teacher at the school who I know and she said no interview committee has been pulled together yet, so I just have to wait. In the meantime, I have applied for 3 other jobs. I also got a call for a long term sub job from a p at a magnet school who saw my resume online in the district database, but I had to decline as I cannot give up my salary to do that. AND got two calls yesterday from a nearby district who have me on file. However, got the skinny on that school from several ppl who have either worked there or with the principal at other schools, as well as the local union rep, and they all said run like the wind as the p is even worse than the one I have. Which is hard to believe, but I trust these folks. :)
    So the calls are coming, I just have to hope that one of these interviews strikes the right chord and I get an offer. I had forgotten how exhausting job-hunting is. I am drained! Taking the weekend off to recharge!
     
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