Those of you who relocated

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  1. heatherberm

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    I've had a few friends move to the Northern VA area the last few years, and they've all loved it. They've also gotten there and discovered that they weren't the only ones who were relocating or even relocating last minute so I wouldn't be surprised if you find some real-life support too. I'm going through this right now as well - though not that far - so you're definitely not alone! It's stressful, but I'm sure it'll be worth it for all of us in the end. I'd rather do this than not teach full-time for another year.
     
  2. jadorelafrance

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    LOL you sound like me. :lol: :(
     
  3. ST13

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    Wow you are going through so much!!

    See now that I learned I need to hand in my stuff before it gets processed and I get my salary processed I don't even know what to do.

    I'm gonna ask if I can get my transcripts sent to them directly instead of getting sent to me first so I don't waste time. That alone takes 3-5 business days to be sent so I have to do that Monday.

    As for fingerprinting, I would have to drive down to do it. She told me it usually takes 24-48 hours to clear but sometimes it can take longer.

    The thing is even when my transcripts get sent and the fingerprints get cleared it probably takes time for HR to actually process it right? So from what I am trying to calculate I won't even start on time.

    Originally when this whole thing started I assumed once I spoke to HR I would go down and stay down until I found an apartment. Now that all of this has to be done, I feel like I should just go down to get fingerprinted look at apartments I might like but then drive back home until everything is cleared and they can process my stuff just to save a little money on a hotel. From what I understand until this stuff gets processed I can't finalize an apartment anyway since I won't have proof of my salary or employment.

    So now I'm not AS stressed cause I don't think il have to pick up and leave the second I speak to HR but it's a different kind of stress lol
     
  4. ST13

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    I hear you. When I told people this was happening all last minute I got hesitant looks, but the truth of the matter is, it's either this and be stressed for a few months but eventually be fine OR go through another year working 3 part time jobs and job hunting in and area where there are 800+ candidates for one position.

    I'm 100% stressed and overwhelmed that's not a lie, but that's just my personality ... I'll be fine once I find a routine and get myself together. Until then I'll just complain and vent to you guys!! :lol::lol:
     
  5. jadorelafrance

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    I would just go down on Monday (or Sunday night) and get it all done. Check to see if you need an appointment first and try and first this in the morning. Order the transcripts TODAY even if they don't get sent out until Monday. At least it's done. And you have a 6 hour drive, right? It could be worse. Will HR excuse you from the first day of orientation? Do you know what you need for transferring your license? Will you be able to start the job without the VA license?
     
  6. ST13

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    I wasn't even planning on going to orientation since no one has said anything to me about it at all. None of my things have been processed yet, the only reason I found all of this out is because I wouldn't leave HR alone. Otherwise I don't even think they would have called me yet!

    I technically haven't even gotten an official offer yet. At least I think I haven't.

    That's the thing, I don't think I can start without my transcripts and everything being processed.
     
  7. vateacher757

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    I agree I would go down Sunday, get a hotel and plan on being there are few days at the beginning of the week (if you can afford it) it is so much easier and quicker for you and HR to get things completed if you are local. Talk to the licensure specialist for that school division while there they will be able to assist you with what you need for VA.

    Order transcripts TODAY and have them sent to the school...they may mail out Monday. :D

    You can at least get the name of the school you will be working at and go by and take a look at it and the area......plot out apartments and go looking....find out where you would like to live, cost, availability and the process...you may be assuming what you can not do based on no contract yet or salary documentation.

    Just my :2cents: :)
     
  8. jadorelafrance

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    You can also get an idea of what your salary WOULD be by going on to the district website and look under Human Resources tab. The HR webpage will usually post salary guides if you do some searching. If you have no prior full-time year long teaching experience and have a bachelors, assume you'll be at BA+0 or BA+1. Of course you have to have proof of salary in order to secure an apartment, but at least you'll get an idea of what you can afford and many apartment complexes require a minimum salary to rent (like mine).
     
  9. ST13

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    You guys are right. I am planning on speaking to the HR person Monday so I will get more information from her as to when/where I can set up an appointment to get fingerprinted and based on that I will drive down and scope out the area.

    It just stinks I can't secure an apartment because that alone takes a few days
     
  10. vateacher757

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    but you could be assuming........it could be a large school division that goes through this yearly believe me the apartment complexes know this and many may work with the potential new hire to help with the transition.......the apartment complexes may have a contact within HR and it may just take a phone call for a prelim verification of your status with them. :D
     
  11. Bunnie

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    At the very least, I think you should drive down to be local and check out the area to apartment hunt since you've never been there. Even if things don't process within the next few days, you can start setting yourself up so you don't get overwhelmed when things do get rolling.

    You can cruise the neighborhood, maybe check out your potential classroom to see what you're working with, be on the spot available to get your fingerprints done. I think by doing so will give you a little piece of mind than staying home in NY worrying over the next few days.
     
  12. LouiseB

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    I've never relocated but from everything I've read, you are getting great advice. I also think that you should plan to go to HR, the area, etc. and get everything going. Sitting at home hours away and just waiting is not going to get anything accomplished. Go! Plan on being there for a few days. If you don't have the cash in hand, this is the time to get that credit card going or borrowing the money from someone who knows the situation. Once you are working full time, you can pay everything off. I think it is important to show initiative in this situation!

    Good Luck and keep us posted!
     
  13. ST13

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    Thanks guys!! I'm going to do some research and look into things!
     
  14. Boba

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    I think it's safe to assume that in the beginning you will not be getting paid correctly. That has been my experience in every district. I don't think they will mess up too much with things like graduate units but I assume they will mess up my employment verification. In my district it takes around a week for fingerprints to clear and we are very backed up which is why I have to spend more money on a hotel.

    The good thing is I'm a licensed travel agent on the side and get cheap rates. I was very lucky and got a decent, well located motel room with a fridge, workout room, and pool for $40 a night. Just staying there until I can move into an apartment.

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    Don't assume having your transcripts will be enough for them to tell you where you will be place. I showed them my official transcripts and had the addresses of my previous employers. They will not give you an idea of what step you are on (in my district at least). Here it takes over a month to find out officially what step you are at and they mail you a letter. Everyone starts off at the lowest pay and then they adjust your pay with the next paychecks (very hard to read future checks when they start you off already getting paid incorrectly). If you disagree with the letter you then have to explain to them why you should be somewhere else. I'm certain they will mess up my pay.

    Every school seems to handle starting salary differently. I worked for a district that sat with me individually which was the best. In my current district you hand things in and wait for a letter and THEN you get to state your concerns. Seems backwards but I have a job...
     
  15. ST13

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    I do NOT want to sub again that's for sure!!
     
  16. ST13

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    Wow that seems really stressful! From what I understand HR said it's just based on degree and years of experience. I have no experience but I do have a masters so I'm hoping they will just start out with the right salary for me
     
  17. vateacher757

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    Another thing, if you go down to the area now for a few days during the week you may check out neighboring districts that may be hiring and apply so that you can cover as many bases as possible....always have a back up plan.

    There are many districts in Northern VA.
     
  18. ST13

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    Good idea!!
     
  19. vateacher757

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    I found this district listing for you :D

    Northern Virginia Public School Systems
    Alexandria
    Arlington County
    Fairfax County
    Falls Church
    Fauquier County
    Fredericksburg
    Loudoun County
    Manassas City
    Manassas Park
    Prince William County
    Spotsylvania County
    Stafford County
    Fairfax City Public Schools

    The below link should take you to the above and the district names are clickable to their school home page

    http://www.nethome.net/northern-virginia-schools.htm
     
  20. ST13

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    Wow this is so helpful!! Thank you for taking the time out to do this!
     

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