Keep interviewing, go back to the school you last taught at, and pull out any and all contacts you still have. Talk to your teachers and classmates in school; let them know you're looking for a position and ask them to let you know if they hear of anything.
You can also post your resume on sites such as monster.com if you're willing to move out of the area.
If you still haven't gotten a job by the time school starts consider substituting, at least until something opens up. This will help you meet many principals and get your name and face known again.
Also consider teaching in unusual areas that may not have as many applicants such as adult ed, your state's online high school, or at a juvenile detention center (not as scary as it initially sounds - no discipline problems thanks to the guards who sit it on classes, no parents to deal with, no standardized testing, etc.). Think about becoming a teaching assistant at your college, or look at a private school.
In our area you can't get into workshops about topics such as 6 Traits without already being hired on as a teacher, and besides, each school is going to have its own focus. Some want 6 Traits training, others couldn't care less. Instead of running around like crazy trying to study and take more classes tell the people you interview with the methods that have worked for you and indicate that you are willing to take whatever training they want to provide.
About the only thing you can do is interview for out of state school districts that typically recruit where markets for teachers are like the one you describe.
check up on classes but also you might want to check the speling on your resume and application It would look bad if a teacher misspelled something and in this post you misspelled pursuing. You spelled it with an e.
I would try to network with previous administrators and coworkers to see what openings may be available in the future. Unfortunately, most positions are filled in May/June and not much is left this close to school beginning. It took me 31/2 years of applications & interviews to get a job teaching in MN, a very competitive area. Of course, now I teach in FL and it took me about 2 weeks to find not only a job, but THE JOB that i wanted. I would try to collect evidence that you are a really good teacher (pics, lesson plans, observations, videos of you teaching, ect) and distribute it to potential school districts. Remember that new college grads typically have done this in a digital format that is burned onto a CD for mass mailings to apply for multiple jobs. Keep job searching and applying!
Put on your resume that you belong to XYZ teacher's association and remained a member during the last two years. Although this is probably not true, if you do some homework you can say that you paid for your membership and watched progress during the years you were absent. I say this because employers do not like gaps in employment.
Did you tutor anyone for five minutes? Then put private tutoring on your resume.
Also, put down your masters degree and then indicate on the same line (In progress).
You will need letters of recommendation --preferably from previous employers. write one up and have the previous employers sign it.
Get Rec. letters from your Friends too.
Do you follow up instead of waiting for an answer?
Do you network by going to the XYZ teacher's association annual conference?
Do you cold canvas---going to the hiring manager or teacher and asking if there are any openings.
play the job search game and you will win.
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You have to go to school before you start back teaching because the things that the chidlren are up to are probably changed ever since you have started. Whether you are teaching preschool, highschool, or college students all like attention and all like to be doing something to stay on tract. U just have to be like a friend to them, not exactly a friend because you don't want them to run on top of you. I hope this is helpful because my mom is a preschool teacher and i helped her with her studies online and i knwo what the things you should do to better your teaching to children and adults.
just so you could know.
My mom applied for at least 10 jobs before she finally got one.
It's best to pull some strings, and use anyone you happen to know higher up. Or go outside of where you live.
Since you haven't taken those classes on the latest methods/strategies being implemented, guess what you need to do? That's right teach, you need to get to studying. Go to the library and read up on what's going on in education. What those newbies have that you don't is that they're fresh out of those education courses and student teaching experiences. You have spent two years raising your kids and all your effort went into that. Don't think that you won't get hired just because you haven't been snatched up yet (trust me, I know). Those experiences just prepared you for the next interview you will go on. Teachers are needed desperately and you will get a job sooner than you think. In the meantime, do research and then show them that you're up-to-date on the latest happenings in education.
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