Thegame14 wrote: ↑
Wed May 29, 2019 4:05 pm
The higher ranking the school district means more likely the more suburban and nice area you are applying to, which means so is everyone else within an hour or more. 4 application is nothing, she should have 100 applications to any and every school within at least an hour and especially in the bad areas. Having a masters likely hurts her with no experience as they have to pay her more but she has no experience, Id rather pay someone less without a master and experience. it is better to get a job first with just bachelors then while teaching get the masters.
So I am not sure he is doing all the right things at all. Applying to way too few places, probably all in affluent "nice" areas, and isn't willing to commute far. Which that is her right, but if I want to be the CFO of a fortune 500 company, will only travel 15 miles and want to make $10M a year, then yes being so pick is her right, but will also severely limit her chances. She is not in a high demand or specialized field, she is a teacher and masters hurts her not helps her with no experience.
I suspect you are not in education because this is not how teaching jobs work at all.
First, for every district I'm familiar with, applications are all done through the same electronic software portal through which you have to compile a 100% complete applicant profile with about 10 various attachments including resumes, cover letters, transcripts, letters of recommendation, teaching certificates, etc. BEFORE you can even apply for any jobs. Then you can only click through and apply for actual listed openings for outside candidates. Many districts offer openings to internal hires first and then only if they remain unfilled do they take outside applications. This is not like the corporate world where you can broadcast resumes everywhere.
My last hiring experience was in Clark County WA (Vancouver area) which has a population of about 500,000 and has about 10 school districts and 20 various types of high traditional, magnet, and alternative high schools within about a 45 minute radius. During the spring I was looking for teaching jobs I managed to apply for 8 science teaching openings which was every single opening in a 45 minute radius for which I was remotely qualified. I landed 3 interviews and took the first position that was offered by the school district that was moving the fastest so I don't know how many other interviews I might have ended up getting if I had waited.
Sending out 100 resumes is an absolutely pointless excercise. And it isn't like monster.com or linked-in where you can click away and apply for dozens of jobs at a sitting. The ONLY way to get any consideration is to go through the extremely cumbersome system that all the districts use, and then monitor their web sites daily for openings. You may have to get your letters of recommendation sent individually to each district as well before they will even consider your application "complete" and eligible to apply for openings so that is a pain for your former supervisors and such.
Also, I have NEVER heard a principal say they didn't want a candidate with a masters degree. Principals are usually not paying any attention to payroll costs and are usually just looking for the best candidate they can get. Government does not work like business where a manager has a payroll budget they have to stay within. In fact, the percentage of staff with masters degrees is usually a plus on the various school ranking sites like niche and greatschools of which I promise you school administrators are aware.