You're a 3rd-5th choice candidate...right

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  1. TeachCafe

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    I know principals are super busy getting things together for the fall and hiring but I have always assumed hiring is top priority in the summer because you need a teacher body in a classroom.

    Monday, I'm driving from signing my contract and I realize I have a missed call. From the district I grew up in, the majority of my education district for a 2nd grade position.

    I couldn't help but laugh and literally say in the car "Nooooow you call" just the irony of leaving a contract signing was just too much.

    I called the P and they were very enthusiastic and I told them I had accepted another position and honest to God they said "Ooohhh no" and started stuttering and asking what school (I've never known Ps to ask that) and I said it was a different district and I hear a sigh and a very monotone "Well....congratulations"

    I know positions get hundreds of applicants but they weed through then or they're secretary does and you mean out of some 200 in 3 weeks no one fit? The day I applied it had just posted so in a queue of applications I know I was one of the top 20 or so. With out state deadline looming for resignations I was stunned at the slowness of it. I applied and emailed the principal.

    My first thought was between a 6/11 application date and 6/29 that's pretty much means someone fell through right? I mean in my experience if they want you they call fast.

    I usually get a timeline like this Mon - apply, Tues - email P, Wed/Thurs get a call for an interview if they really want you especially in the summer.
     
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  3. TeachCafe

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    I'm really happy with the district and school I signed with I just thought it was funny.

    Around the same time, I applied to both elementary schools in this late district I went too (if anything just to tour it again because both were great years) but not a peep.

    And I applied before they adopted next year's budget and had a very large salary increase so I know they just got an influx of candidates becasue they were one of the city's low end salary districts.
     
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    Well it is certainly nice to get the call, I'm sure. :p

    Congrats on your new position :)
     
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    Thank you! My new position is closer to home so that's a huge plus.

    It was but the timing was just funny.
     
  6. AlphB

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    This happened to me too, except I applied months ago and was just getting called for a screener. The district that I had just signed with was a much faster process because they don't want to let good candidates slip through their fingers. I guess other districts don't worry about missing out on good applicants who got tired of waiting?
     
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    This happened to me about 3 days ago. While I don't get board approved until Thursday and don't sign the contract until after that, I did verbally accept a position on June 23rd. I already did some HR paperwork and know who my mentor is. Everyone was so excited for me since I worked at that school as the instructional technology assistant. Well three days ago I got a call from my old elementary school principal asking me to interview for a spot at my old elementary school. I had applied to the position way before I even had an interview set up at the school I will be working at. Of course I declined the interview since I am in pretty deep with the district I am signing with. Also, I found out that the call just wouldve been a phone screening probably, which means the hiring process would just take too long for me in my current situation. They called at the worst time! However I am really happy to be going to the school I will be at. This was really a good problem to have honestly. For the past 3 years my problem was actually finding a classrom teaching job. So really it's no big deal to me! Although my old school is 3 minutes away WALKING distance. Haha oh well. I will need the 15 minute drive from the school I will be at to home to decompress.
     

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