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Old 05-04-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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Hi fellow teachers-
I graduated from college last year with an early childhood certification. I am yet to find a job. I have filled out 60+ applications and am having no luck. I'm asking for any advice to help with the process or to at least keep my spirits up.

I'm feeling a little hopeless and like I will never get a job in a classroom.

Brittney


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Your not the only one.
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I'm having the same issue as you. I apply to so many jobs, but feel like I may never land a job. Just in these past 3 days I've applied to at least 15 different school districts.... but knowing my luck, they will just hire the previously laid off teachers from last year.
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Feeling hopeless as well for the future
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I have had my teaching license for 4 years and have yet to get a full-time teaching job at the beginning of the school year. I have a K - 6 license and 5 - 8 science and have gotten 4 long term sub jobs over the years, it is nice to get a regular job at a school but they pay is about half of a union job with absolutely all of the responsibilities. It now feels like I am being played by the system. I went back to school to be a teacher because I thought I could help kids, now I feel like I need to help myself and find a job that is better for me and my family.

Sorry, not encouraging but thanks for letting me vent.

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It actually does make me feel a little better knowing I'm not the only one.

I'm actually now thinking about going back to school and getting another bachelor's degree even though I know teaching is what I want to do.
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Get a special Ed degree. School Districts are constantly looking for sped certified people. Another area they have trouble filling is speech therapist or occupational therapist.


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I graduated in December of 2009 and have been subbing ever since. There aren't any districts in my area that I know of that are hiring new teachers who aren't already current displaced or laid off teachers. I feel quite hopeless too. I have lost all hope of ever getting a job in the public school system. Maybe private schools would be better luck.
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Sky22, where?

I have a Master of Education, Special Education. Graduate Academic Certifications as a Behavior Specialist and Transition Specilist. Certified EC-12 Special Ed, EC-12 ESL, Generalist EC-4, and Generalist 4-8. I have not been able to find a teaching job in the public sector for a year!

Please tell me where the Special Education jobs are
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but here in N Texas, there is a "surplus" of teachers in the district and they are making P's hire out of that first : ( Boo!! It's going to be hard for a first year teacher in our district to get a job at all. However in some TX towns where they had retiring incentives, it might not be so bad...IDK.

Don't get your hopes down, go to all interviews like you know your the best canidate out there and they will remember you. Follow up with all job leads....Best of luck!!

ETA: Try subbing or an aide position to get your foot in the door...
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I too have filled countless amount of appletrek applications with zero response. However, I recently sent out my CL and resume to a school near me where I made an emotional connection to the school. I sent it directly to the head of school, not HR. He called me that day and today I had my first interview! It went so well and I really feel that I have a shot at finally having a full-time teaching position. (I graduated with my MAT in May 2010) The head of the school kept saying, I really appreciated your CL. He felt that I truly cared about the school, which I do, and that is something he had a hard time finding when searching through resumes. So keep trying and make those emotional connections if you can!

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I did the subbing to try to get my foot in the door, and it didn't help at all. My district is huge, and has to hire all of the laid off and displaced teachers. Human Resources is a huge bearacracy in this district. I don't know if I'll ever get a job in the public schools as it seems none of the districts in my area are hiring anything but internal applicants. I graduated right when the economy got bad, so its hard to get a job as a first year teacher when districts have to hire all the hundred to thousands of displaced teachers first.


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Old 05-05-2011, 01:13 PM
 
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I know most people think that there are more jobs in the bigger cities but I found that there is a smaller applicant pool in the smaller towns. I have moved often since my hubby works for the military. I live in SW OK and my district really needs special ed teachers. I know last year there was a turnover of 11 sped teachers and I have heard that this year is just as high. You might consider relocating if commuting isn't an option. Good Luck to all of you!
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I graduated from college last year with an early childhood certification.
I'm coming to the conclusion that the boldface is the problem. I've got one, too: PK-4th. Most people have K-8 or 1-8. Why would a principal hire someone who could only be transferred among 5 grades over someone who could work in 8 or 9?

I'm working on an ESL endorsement, and I hope that will help, but I'm really thinking that I'm going to have to suck it up and extend to the middle school level. Especially since a lot of the schools I'd want to work in are K-8...
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Ditto here on hopeless.
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Ditto on the hopeless feeling. I graduated last Spring and still have nothing. I don't think having online applications helps, for me those are the districts that make it harder. I have an ECE certification also, but I had a critical CT too who gave a hard evalution on me, so I am not sure if it is that or the ECE or that I am not younger like I have seen a lot of the new hires who did finish with me who got work. Poster is right about big towns, they may be a good idea for out of state applicants, but the hiring pool is huge and everybody on the coast sends out to these districts. Does anyone else have a weak or poor final ealuation? My refs are good and well respected, but do not include my CT. Anybody else in similar boat? I do see a lot of middle and high school postions posted in districts, I see math, ESL and some related to reading and English. The elementary I saw were mostly for fourth or fifth grades, a few lower but only one or two.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:34 AM
 
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I broke down and cried yesterday for the first time in over a year because of all this. It's so frustrating and now I'm having problems with unemplyment on top of everything else. It's not pretty. Districts are only hiring who they know rather than who's the best qualified. It sucks.
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Old 05-06-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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I have done that, a lot some and then after a good cry I try to start over. I am also reading a positive self help book read to help me deal with the negative situation. If I were younger though like some of you are, I really think you will find something, it just might take more time.
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:43 AM
 
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Have hope!! Most districts won't even hire until the summer this year because they don't know the budgets until late. Do you happen to know anyone in an school? Usually a lot of hiring is who you know. Hold onto your hope!!! There is a plan..it will work out.
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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I may be looking for a job soon.

What is "CL" -- cover letter?


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However, I recently sent out my CL and resume to a school near me where I made an emotional connection to the school.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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Don't mean to be discouraging, but here is the reality check. In my district, they just furloughed 52.
An additional 10 are due upon board approval. According to our contract furloughed teachers must be the ones called back first. Our neighboring school just let 51 people go. And we're not gigantic districts.

After 15 years in a regular classroom I am being involuntarily transfered to a sped. classroom. On our seniority list there is 1 person left that has a sped degree. They were all taken from their regular classrooms and placed in sped. rooms, the regular classroom teachers were let go.

And yes our district 75 % of the people hired are directly related to someone on the school board or some other political connection. How the heck did I get in? I was the 'Token " non-relative that year. I subbed for 7 years and took the worst of the assignments that no one else would take.
When I started subbing they were in the process of just hiring back teachers that had been furloughed, hence the 7 year subbing.

I wish you guys luck. But you need to know most time it has nothing to do with you personally, or your ability. It takes a TON of persistence. I did takes 10 years off to go into the business sector and raise my children

At our last in-service there was a retired principal speaking on a totally different topic but as an aside mentioned that for most elementary positions they receive thousands of applications.
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I feel a bit lost too
Old 05-08-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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I am trying to not be mad at myself for choosing to go into this. I love the work and the children, but am having trouble getting in. I think I mentioned I was ECE also, but my license goes up to only third grade. I don't want to reveal exactly who I am but I am in the age group braket from 35-50, do you believe this may be making a difference? What really makes me even more upset, is my college and subbing (done a few years) seem to hurt me in getting jobs I always got before (before having grad level ed). I can't move, am married with a home. Any thoughts?
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I worked as a para for several years before I got a teaching job. Sometimes I think it's the best thing to do!
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Don't give up hope
Old 05-20-2011, 06:10 AM
 
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You will find something! It may not happen as fast as you would like it too but you will find a job. There are children out there that you are meant to touch and someday you will. Try to stay positive and keep keepin' on My fingers are crossed for you my friend!!
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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on the news yesterday that one of the top 4 jobs is teaching.

But they did say lots of teachers will NEED to be hired in 2012.

In my district, all teachers who are let go because of declining numbers will be hired back first.
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I completely understand!
Old 05-26-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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I graduate this June in Ohio...Not a very good outlook here either

Our perfect classroom is out there somewhere..we just have to be patient
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