:( Sad about job prospects

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  1. myangel52

    myangel52 Comrade

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    This has been a rough summer for me, regarding job prospects. This past year I had a one-year leave replacement contract. So I was looking for a job for the upcoming year. I was not able to secure a job within my district, due to major internal shuffling as a result of a school closing. I understood, though I was still saddened.

    I have had only three interviews outside of my (now) former district. I did not get any of those jobs. I finally had the guts to ask an interviewer what I needed to improve on. 1.) I need to research the job more, so that I can speak specifically to the job (which I tried to do); 2.) I need to show my passion for teaching more; 3.) I need to embellish my answers more, giving more examples of what I have done or would do (again, thought I was)

    On top of that, I just found out that I did not meet the district criteria (for the district that I was just working for) because of the Gallup online survey. :mad: :down:

    Sorry if this seems a bit.... "vent"-y. I am bummed. I was hoping to not have to go back to substitute teaching, because of the inconsistency of work, the lesser pay, and that lack of rapport with students (because I don't know them well enough or long enough).

    How can I do those things that the interviewer said I need to work on?
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    You're allowed to feel bummed. I'm sorry that you haven't found your dream job yet. It will happen, though, so keep your chin up!

    As for working on your interviewing skills... First of all, do you feel well-versed in the lingo of the education field? Are you comfortable using and explaining all those buzzwords? Without fully understanding the concepts behind terms like "lowering the affective filter," "think-pair-share," "cooperative learning," and others, you can't effectively explain your position on them or describe what you have done/would do to incorporate them into your teaching.

    Have you visited with career placement specialists to help you learn how to nail interviews? Any sort of state-run job service organization will have these sorts of people. You can also check with the public library or the university you graduated from.

    Why do you think that they said you need to show your passion for teaching more? Were you excessively nervous during the interview? Were the scenarios you cited mostly negative?
     
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    Myangel52, I'm sorry you've been having such a difficult time. I think you will get a job where you fit in. Theres a job out there just for you. I know how you feel. I've gone on five interviews and I still haven't found a job. I feel I need to improve my interview skill. I'm going to buy some books that could help me with this. I think my problem is that I get too nervous.

    I was wondering how did you find out that you didn't do well on the Gallup online survey? I thought those scores were confidential. I called HR and they said I did very good but that's what everyone else I know has been told.
     
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    I asked the HR secretary of the district -- they cannot tell me what I scored, only if I meet the district criteria.

    Cassie753 -- thanks for the tips. I will look into the interview help. I do get nervous during interviews, and I don't really like to talk about me, which makes interview that much harder. One of the biggest hindrances that I have run across in answering interview questions is that I don't have much experience, and all the questions that ask to explain what I would do are hard for me to answer. The last interview that I had I thought I had done a good job explaining and giving examples -- this was the same interview that I asked for feedback on.
     
  7. ready2teachintx

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    Sorry to hear that. First of all, do not give up yet. I have been told by my ACP teacher that there are still lots of jobs to fill and will go on until October or even later. Continue aggressively trying to interview. Email, mail and call schools and districts. Try to go on more interviews. Apply to more districts if possible. There will be a place for you.
    Many Blessings and head up!!
     
  8. annafish

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    I am in the same boat as you, however I have not heard of that survey, it isn't used around here. What kind of things does that measure? We both have to be positive right now. I know how hard it is, but I also know that worrying about it only makes it worse sometimes. Good luck:) I am sure it will work out for you
     
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    The best suggestion I can give you regarding interveiws is to buy Adam Waxlers e-book on interviewing. He does a fabalous job telling you do to each of those things you need to work on. I don't work for him, but I used to interveiw horribly! After the book, I got the first job I interviewd for, and have been told it was one of the better interviews. Here is the link to the book http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=9416
     
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    I know how you feel. Granted I am new to teaching. Last year was my first year in my own classroom, at a private school of course because I can't get into public. It is very hard to apply and apply and take those stupid Gallup questionnaires!!! ARG!!! My favorite interview question is "What makes you different from all of the other applicants?" I never know what to say because I know there are so many other people out there just like me and how do you set yourself apart unless you have scaled Mount Everest or something. What makes me feel a smidge better is coming in hear and listening to all of us be a bit down and vent. It really helps. I hope we all eventually find out spot and I wish you the best of luck.
     

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