Lose hope?

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  1. CDOR79

    CDOR79 Comrade

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    Just wondering if anyone has input as to when I should completely lose hope in a job...lol

    I had a second interview last Friday. It went well and the panel seemed to be interested. At the end, I was asked if I was in contract at my current school and also told by the same
    member that I’d “definitely be hearing from them” as I was escorted by him.

    They said they’d be moving fast Bc they want to get it completed by the next board meeting which is next Monday. They said they’d know their decision by next week- which is now! Lol. It’s now Wednesday and haven’t heard a peep either way. As the week goes by, I’m obviously losing hope.

    From experience, when is it safe to lose ALL hope? I’m aware that many districts don’t bother to let you know if you’re not hired. I just want to know either way.
     
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  3. Been There

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    With so much at stake, why not just pick up the phone and call the HR dept. to find out what your status is relative to the position in question. Call now!
     
  4. CDOR79

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    Wouldn’t it be premature to do since I was told “next week”? I mean, yes I’m going crazy in my own head about this but I don’t want them to know! Haha. I don’t want to be annoying either! Lol Maybe at least wait until Friday...?

    Who typically calls to offer positions anyway- an administrator or HR?
     
  5. pommom

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    I have had both admin and hr offer me positions. End of July and Aug you have good chances because most teachers are locked in their contracts so less competition.
     
  6. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Dont give up. Do another round of online applications and mail out packages to every public,private and charter within a reasonable commute.
     
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  7. CDOR79

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    Thank you for the responses and the encouragement! I’m not giving up yet! I really just wondering if I should give up hearing from this particular district.

    I’m thinking if I don’t hear by tomorrow, it’s definitely a no go. Do you think that’s fair of me to think? Or should I have heard by now...?
     
  8. Ima Teacher

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    It really depends on when the schools in your area start, too. We start in two weeks, so all of our positions are set unless somebody resigns.

    It is hard to be patient. We always give candidates a date that we will let them know something one way or the other.
     
  9. CDOR79

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    Well, we don’t start until September so there’s time. They did give a time frame of “by next week” and now that tomorrow is already Thursday, the hope is slipping
     
  10. CDOR79

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    Hope= dead. Lol

    I received the email yesterday. At least they honored their word and followed through to let me know I didn’t get the job...I do respect that.

    Time to move forward! Seriously considering a new profession. If my BEST isn’t “enough” (and I say best Bc they saw my skills, had a great interview, etc)...then I think it’s a sign to move in a different direction. It’s like I’m not meant to continue in education.

    Time will tell. Thank you for the replies everyone!
     
  11. Been There

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    Truly sorry you didn't get the job. I would suggest at least continuing the effort through the summer before giving up completely. If it's meant to be, it will happen.
     
  12. vickilyn

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    OP, not sure how long you have been interviewing since your graduation, what state you are interviewing in, or what credential you are interviewing with. Each of those factors need consideration before the "Seriously considering a new profession" comment. Those in many states face overwhelming odds, especially if they are trying to enter the job pool in the elementary level. If you have a "current district" and are employed, but wanting a "new" job, well, that may be hard to find in some states without additional education to set you apart from the crowd. Lots of factors to be considered, and I doubt that we have enough information to know which have and have not been considered.

    If my BEST isn’t “enough” (and I say best Bc they saw my skills, had a great interview, etc), well, that is subjective on your part. Are you certain that your skills couldn't be improved, or that your interview went as well as you thought it did? How I wish I had a dollar for every post on this forum that stated the poster had just had this "great" interview, and had had other such "great interviews", but they still lacked job offers. Often the person who was interviewed sees that interview through rose colored glasses, while the hiring committee does not, leading to very different outcomes in their decisions or desires.

    I'm not being cruel or heartless, but I have seen how some job searches are very difficult - too fee positions for too many applicants. In those classes, education isn't the problem, but the direction may be. More education, with better qualifications and skill sets may completely turn around your chance of success - saw this in my own family. New skill sets resulted in multiple job offers. Whether you are inclined to work for more skill acquisition is strictly up to you.
     
  13. MissScrimmage

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    Sorry - some how I missed some posts. I replied, but my response is irrelevant now and I don't know how to delete this!
     
  14. pommom

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    Yes, this!
    What subjects and grade are you trying to teach? Experience? Are you applying to ALL districts in your area?
     
  15. CDOR79

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    So to answer a few questions that some of you asked and Vicki...I didn’t just graduate. I’ve been teaching for the past 11 years in a Catholic school. I’ve taught 4th and 5th and just finished my 7th year in third. I have a Masters in K-5 and just got my special ed cert last year. Ive been applying for the past 5 years in NJ. I’ve been applying to all job postings I see for K-5 or special ed. I have plenty of experience in different areas and know there would be changes in the public school setting but have shown my willingness and openness to those changes through my interviews.

    When I say my best, yes I mean for ME. The interviews with this last district was my best and the fact that I got to round 2 tells me that as well. I’m not looking through rose colored glasses. I’m as realistic as anyone else and am VERY hard on myself. If I screw up, I’d be the FIRST to say so.

    Of course I could learn more or get more certs, etc. but at this point I’m not willing to do (I JUST finished the special ed program) nor do I have the money to either. I won’t put myself in further debt.

    I wasn’t stating education is completely
    the problem. I’m simply saying I’ve hit a wall and need to perhaps find another path for my career. In addition to what I just said, add the fact that my school is financially struggling and is year to year at this point. Our enrollment is down and we could close at any time. Then I’d be left unemployed.

    So all of this together is why I’m at the point I’m at right now.
     
  16. pommom

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    I have never been to NJ, so I dont know about the teacher damand there. The special ed cert is great! However, like someone said, elementary everywhere has more candidates applying. This spring and summer, I have been applying and interviewing for a few months until I got 2 offers. You have been applying for 5 years though? Could u move to an area nearby?
     

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