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An outbreak of 'position filled' - for parapros!
Old 07-17-2018, 02:46 PM
 
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Hi everyone,
I'm a substitute paraeducator assigned in two districts - one which gave me about 10 jobs last year, and one that didn't give me a single job the whole year. (And of course, a third district that fired me for a false accusation - it's in the substitute teachers forum).

I've been struggling with an outbreak of 'position filled' on almost every full-time para position I apply for. So even though I've subbed several times, that's not enough experience? Or what? I really want to work 180 days a year in the schools. I want to get to know the same kids every day and understand their strengths and weaknesses. I feel that working as a para, even though I'm a college student, would be awesome for a resume once I graduate with the B.A. for Elementary Ed.
I've been rejected from 6 out of 7 schools that I applied for. One of those, I got rejected for two positions at once!
The last school has a parapro that I know well from my math class last quarter (she's also going for a teaching degree). We've gotten to know each other and she knows where I do well and where I don't. Is there any way I can make that an influence if I get an interview? She has not seen me work of course since I did NOT sub in that particular district.

And if all else fails, how do I influence my coordinators and the other paras in the districts to put me on more preferred lists based off the positive feedback I've gotten? I'm worried that next year I'll still get the same ole' same ole' - the 1-on-1 position that shows up every few days with a violent child, for example. Right now I'm also looking for another part-time job on the side outside of the schools - possibly retail. But I still want to work with the kiddos next year in some way.

Thanks everyone!


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Old 07-17-2018, 06:51 PM
 
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My district does not hire anyone going to school to be a teacher or a new grad for support staff jobs. Para pro, noon aide, media specialist aide...etc

I asked why once the reasons are...(take it for what it's worth)

A new grad will he looking for an actual teaching job and not hang around for 15 years like some of the paras at my DD school.

When you have to student teach, you can't be a para at the same time hire. The district doesn't want to hire in 2 years time to replace you.

The para jobs here are for lifers. I knew paras that had 20 years in. A 35 year old person with some experience with children will get the job before an education student.

I think the district site locks you out from even applying if it sees BA/BS and education on the online form for any support staff jobs.

So...it could be the schools are looking for lifers, or other parapros from other school districts.

As for more gigs, at my DD elementary school, the teacher was the one to submit for a sub. Many just went without unless the sub was really a known quantity. I did a couple 1:1 autism gigs, BUT the teacher knew me as I already worked at the school. The student knew me. I'm a quick learner and did EXACTLY what the teacher wanted me to do. The last thing I wanted was cause her more hassle.

So..it may have nothing to do with your personally, but everything outside of your control.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:11 AM
 
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While I may be student-teaching in a couple years, that's not making me money. I've always thought that being a parapro is not only excellent experience BUT excellent for a resume when I get my B.A.
If everything could just work out, I'd work as a para until I graduate/go into student teaching, and then once I have my B.A. go look for my own classroom somewhere to teach.

On the other hand, every other job has rejected me this summer. Summer camps, local arcade, bowling alley, fitness club, local grocery store (cashier), not to mention I was even rejected from a 4-week summer school para job. 4 weeks, 8A-12:30 and $1,100 at the end of the month...but no! My resume is concise and good, so are my cover letters, but yet no one (schools or otherwise) will take me on.
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There is something going on with either your resume and or cover letter.

Something on there is really off putting. Here Jewish Vocational Services (JVS, and you don't need to be Jewish to use the service) will look over your cover letter/resume. I trust them much more than anything a college/university says, since JVS works with business people/owners.

On occasion, people take advice from a university employment help and it's wrong wrong wrong according to the people who work in HR. Look at the website askamanager.com. It's full of stories of people getting where the person submitting the resume thought (x) was a good idea and HR goes "Oh hell to no!"

The reason I'm suggesting this, is you getting NO responses on any job that sort seem to be in your skill set.

Example summer camp. Have you ever ran groups of 20 to 40 kids? Any group of kids bigger than 10? Scouts, VBS, volunteering, noon aide, latch key (I have 20 to 40 kids for arts and crafts in latch key)? If all you have is I work as a para pro and am studying to be a teacher, that may be the reason for the hard pass. The boss does care about either because they need someone who can handle a decent size group of kids, and have no time to walk you through it. You may need to rethink how you are selling yourself.

For grins and giggle, I'd submit your question to askamanager.com and see what Allison can come up with. There are a zillion HR people who read the site, and respond in the comment section.

If this was I can't get hired at a school (which would surprise no one, those jobs are hard to get), but I'm working at fast food/retail/car wash...that's one thing. The fact that everything is coming up snake eyes points to your resume/cover letter/something else.

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Old 07-19-2018, 10:49 AM
 
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Do you want me to send you a private message w/ my resume and a sample cover letter? I have marked on my resume my volunteering experience, references, current job as a sub, the ETS parapro test score (which was well over passing) AND traits that would make me a good worker. But I keep getting turned down for everything I can get, besides para/school work. I keep my cover letter at one page maximum and don't go over.


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Old 07-19-2018, 12:00 PM
 
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Not because I don't care, but you need a living breathing human that lives in your area and is familar what the status quo is for resumes.

What I might suggest may totally not fly where you live.

I googled "resume help job search local". JVS popped up, plus some non profit help. I know the library has seminars on resumes etc.

I wouldn't pay right now for someone to look over your stuff. Your resume and cover letter may be totally fine, and the job market where you live is trash. It might just need a small tweek or a major overhaul. A local HR person will help you much more than I can.
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