Hello fellow educators,
I hope that maybe some of you can offer words of reassurance and experience for me, some of you are probably my spark friend and have read my previous journal entries about how arduous the job search process has been since my yearlong contract ended at the end of December.
I am American but teach abroad.
(Backstory: skip if short on time)
I’ve had so many prospects start out promising…maybe around 12 by my count but then my recruiter/person I was talking to drops off the face of the Earth it seems after the second interview…I suspect often due to compensation as otherwise the interviews are positive but it doesn’t excuse cutting off all communication. The worst experience however was basically being promised a position, spending 1k in travel to another country only to arrive and have a snide co-teacher and finding out I was their second choice all along.
I even got offered a contract twice. Once it fell through to ‘internal hiring’ issues---why they felt the need to put me through five interviews, reference checks and then say that is…rough. The other couldn’t get the state government to approve my qualifications…or the last I heard…the only time I have been told I was their preferred hire…and then have all email communication stop.
To say that I have experienced some really unprofessional behaviour is an understatement. I also am feeling so pessimistic now—sometimes deeply sad, I cannot feel hopeful or happy about anything career related and I really want to.
The last 4-6 months have made me really question if teachers are the mentors, creative loving people I know they are in my eyes or just another person to be used of taken advantage of in the eyes of others. It really sucks to have these sentiments so early in my career. I love this profession but it seems sometimes just as ruthless and political as when I was a banker for a billion dollar firm!
(The question: please help)
Things probably have taken a positive turn for me. A school system (multiple vacancies) I have been trying to become part of for three years (‘dream’ job) has finally taken very keenly to my portfolio/talent. I applied months ago (again,) heard nothing but when saw the advert once more earlier this year, sent a message for feedback…maybe my portfolio was missing something. Turns out it was overlooked. Then things really went fast: first amazing interview, second amazing interview, not too much waiting in between (the longest wait was two weeks while certs got checked before interviews.) Maybe a four days between interviews.
Now I stuck in hell. I am suffering severe anxiety. It’s been about a week since the second interview, there has been a promise of continued communication but so far nothing. I am trying very hard not to let this wait tear me apart. I am wondering what else is going on behind the scenes. Obviously, I can’t find fault with them or myself as a candidate, the fit and interviews seem to be that good…but why no communication.
Teachers: what has your recruitment process post interview typically been like? If you hear nothing from weeks on end how often do you follow up before moving on. During the past four months when that lag in communication happened after the first/second interview I chose to follow up asking if they needed any more documentation and reinstating my interest after a week had passed---when that was not responded to I let it go and did not try further.
I can’t bear to even think about letting this one go, the thought of not getting this ‘dream’ job kills me especially because I feel like I am so close. The vibe is also different too---this feels right and like it should be mine.
Teachers how should I feel? What should I do?
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