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Saturday, May 19, 2007

job hunting 2

i have an interview
its out of state
i have my e-ticket

now i just have to wait for interview day

negative 1) interview day is the day after my last day of work so i can't scout the area out in person

negative 2) if they offer me a contract i have to take it then (if i don't i may never get out of this town)

negative 3) what if they DON'T offer me a contract

negative 4) i have to wait for interivew day


  • Keeping my fingers crossed.

    By Blogger Neil, at Saturday, May 19, 2007  

  • waiting is the hardest part! best of luck. :)

    By Blogger Sizzle, at Saturday, May 19, 2007  

  • If you are unfamiliar with the area where you are interviewing, call the Chamber of Commerce there -- speak to their Membership Services Director (he/she should know most every employer in the area) and talk to them about what you do and the company where you're interviewing. Have them tell you about the environment of the area that relates to the type of work you want to do. I've even seen people from out of town place ads in a Chamber's newsletter to find jobs. That newsletter goes to most employers in the vicinity. Good luck. Coach Mary

    By Blogger mary, at Sunday, May 20, 2007  

  • neil - potc, thanks

    sizz - thanks

    mary ~ i don't know if you are unfamilar w/ my blog or if you just brain farted when you commented.... but if you have been keeping up w/ my post you would know that i am a TEACHER - hence the chamber of commerce website isnt going to do me any good.... teaching jobs either are good or are horrid... and the job hunt is even worse

    By Blogger question girl, at Sunday, May 20, 2007  

  • I still think that talking to the Chamber of Commerce--or something similar to it--might be a good idea. They can probably give you some insight on the school district. Does it have a lot of community support? What are the facilities like? Standardized test scores? Etc., etc. That information has to be available from some organization (besides the school--which it could be biased from the school...); after all, most people who move to the area are concerned about the quality of the schools. And, no, it won't tell you what the environment of a certain building is like, but it will give you an idea of what everything is like overall. A community usually knows if a district is "good" or "not so good." You'll be able to tell a lot based on the discussion you have with someone. And then you'll have something to compare your gut feeling to. And like I said yesterday, living in a different part of the country could be a big (and possibly negative, depending on your personality) change for you. I'd really factor that in.

    Shoot, you could try the Chamber of Commerce...a Visitor's Bureau...a realtor (from the community and from an adjoining one--call and pretend that you're scouting the area, thinking of moving there, and listen to how the realtors talk up the school, or listen to the negatives from the adjoining community realtor). Heck, you can even go online and look at the Board of Education minutes from the district's monthly meetings. You can tell a lot about what's going on by taking the time to look at those documents...how they deal with big issues, how they spend their money, how supportive they are of academics/athletics/professional development.

    And, just me, but I'd be a little leery of a district that would offer a job on the spot (negative number two on your list), but maybe I misread that. Most "quality" districts, regardless of size, do a round of interviews--two or three minimum--one that is a general interview (usually with a pricipal), one with your specific department, and one with a superintendent. And in the course of those interviews they'll let you tour the facilities. It's just my experience, but if a place offers you a job on the spot...well, they are rushed and desperate for a reason. But maybe I misinterpreted your statement. If so, sorry. ;)

    Wow...I've babbled a lot. Hope at least one part of it was helpful!

    By Blogger Me, at Sunday, May 20, 2007  

  • Oh, and I'm sorry if any of that came off as me being a "know it all." I know this isn't your first year teaching...I've just learned a few things over the course of my own career. ;)

    By Blogger Me, at Sunday, May 20, 2007  

  • The "limbo" period is the hardest time! Here's hoping it ends sooner rather than later

    By Blogger Bre, at Sunday, May 20, 2007  

  • Good luck. I'm sure someone will quickly recognize you for the brilliant teacher you are.

    By Blogger Phil, at Sunday, May 20, 2007  

  • good luck!

    the waiting is the hardest part. that and the interviewing.

    yeah, it's all pretty hard. :)

    By Blogger Webmiztris, at Sunday, May 20, 2007  

  • Very Exciting. Hope you get the options to make the choices you want.

    By Blogger Jackass Jenn, at Sunday, May 20, 2007  

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