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  1. Mrs. Anxious

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    Hello other educators! I graduated about a month ago from my college teaching certification program for PK-4. While student teaching I attended a few teaching job fairs and I had a few screening interviews, but no jobs panned out. Since graduating I've done more applications and reached out through email to schools with vacancies, yet I still haven't had much luck besides a Skype interview three weeks ago. I'm not sure what to do. Student teaching went great for me, so I have awesome references. My GPA was a 3.99, my resume is really good, and I feel like I am an overall strong candidate. I'm just feeling really anxious about finding a good job before the school year starts since it's already mid-June. So if you have any advice or even know of openings on the Eastern side of the country (my license is in Pennsylvania but I'm super flexible about location) let me know! :)
     
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    If you're flexible on location, I'd pick a state you're willing to move to that PA has reciprocity with, get their license, and start applying there. Getting another state's license will cost you less than $100 in a lot of cases, and will help you immensely in getting interviews because you can show you're serious about moving. I know VA is supposed to be an easier place for teachers to find jobs, just to give one example- obviously you're going to want to do your own research. I've always heard that PA is a rough place to get hired. I had a teacher friend who moved there for her husband's job last year and she's still only been able to get maternity leave positions. Early elementary is also going to be the most saturated as far as candidates no matter where you go.
     
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    Northern VA is almost impossible - high pay, great districts, very few vacancies because no one leaves. Southern and Western VA yes. Southern VA - Hampton Roads, has a high military percentage, so a lot of turn over there, plus, not to speak ill of our schools, because we have a lot of great schools, we pay less than other areas, and we have some tough districts. However, our competition is still tight, especially in elementary.

    For example, in my district, which has 12 elementary schools, there is only one elementary opening currently.
     
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    How’s your cover letter? It might need an upgrade since you aren’t getting many calls.
     
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    My cover letter is also really good. I had my college's career center read it a few times, and one of my professors in the department said it's one of the best she has seen.
     
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    That's really good to know. One of the job fairs I went to was in Fairfax, VA. I had three interviews at the fair that led to a second round Skype interview, but other than that no other Fairfax schools have contacted me.
     
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    This is just an unfortunate reality, despite the BS claims of the "teaching shortage'' I'm sure they shoved down your throats in college. There's not a shortage in ALL disciplines or areas and you will probably get stuck in this position for a while. You'll need to sub and network like crazy to get anywhere. It'll be frustrating, especially if you have to do it for a while, but it's the way of things. Otherwise, move to a state like North Carolina where they desperately need teachers.
     
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    Since someone else mentioned cover letter, I'm going to mention that your resume may seem good to you (and to colleges, apparently), but is lacking in the key elements or wording that schools may zoom in on. I've told the story before that my son graduated with a supposedly "great" cover letter and resume. He applied everywhere, to no avail. He was taking care of everything, so he didn't share the resume and cover letter with me. When nothing transpired and he was in despair, he finally shared it with me, and I was livid that a university would say that the cover letter and resume were "great", because they were far from adequate, forget about great. I'm an educator, too, and I had my resume written by a service found online. I told my son that my gift to him would be a professionally written resume and cover letter, but I needed to see and approve it, since not all writers get it right on the first try. Fortunately, after a couple of less than stellar rough drafts, his work got bumped up to a writer with more experience. The results were amazing. The next year, with the new resume and cover letter, the interviews poured in. When he finished his MEd., I once again gifted him with a new resume to play to his new strengths and skill sets. It was exceptional, and is the one he uses today. It has been modified by us when significant skills are acquired, or experience gained.

    This whole experience with a university sending out students with less than professional sounding resumes left a bad taste in my mouth. Many writing services will work with you until you approve it, and have reduced fees for new grads. Some people can write their own resume, I'm sure, but in a highly competitive field, such as elementary teaching, I would insist on something that rings all the right bells and grabs attention. If you can't get the interviews, you can't get the job.
     
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    I know it is really frustrating. You may still be able to land something right before school starts, but I would be prepared to sub or be a teaching assistant. That is how I got my first teaching job when schools were not hiring teachers. The few teachers who did get jobs were in the right place at the right time (had subbed for the school before or had been a TA at the school, so they had connections). Good luck!
     
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    Thank you! :)
     
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    I don't know much about the east coast but often rural areas have a harder time finding teachers. Make sure you are checking out the little districts and not solely the big ones. Also try applying to charter schools if you haven't been already.
     
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    And an even harder time keeping them.
     
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    True; however, they are a great way for a new teacher to get a few years of experience.
     
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    It is a good way to get some student loans paid off which is why some opt to teach in rural and critical needs areas.
     
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    Additionally, many districts now use websites that are 3rd party vendors, dedicated to filling jobs for several districts. They use a template to retrieve data. Your resume may be great for face-to-face interviews, but not fit the bill for auto-generated websites designed to pull out key data, and could be tossed out in the first round. :(

    ETA: Your former college or university job placement office is the place to go to get a quick do over of your resume. Doesn’t cost a dime .....part of your status of being an alumni!! In addition if you haven’t already done so, I would definitely look into their online career search website. Set up your profile, upload your resume and check for school openings, and other alternate jobs in education. It’s an excellent resource, and they have job fairs and mock interview sessions too!
     
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