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Getting Noticed For An Interview

Getting Noticed For An Interview

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After joining the world of unemployment this past July I am finding it very difficult to get an interview. I have never had a problem getting noticed before, or landing the job I wanted, but now I find it a very difficult endeavor. To fill you in a little more about why I am at the point I am at...I was informed by the district superintendent in April last school year that he was not renewing my contract. This came as a total shock to me since I was completing my third year as a high school assistant principal and had very few problems, none that weren't corrected quickly. The superintendent was not able to give me a reason; however, I do know that it was requested by the school's principal who initially appeared to be an advocate for me, but turned out to be otherwise. Not to belabor that point, I find it very evident that the non-renewal is the reason I am not being called for interviews (I have applied to almost 30 positions since April). I have a lot to offer to education from my twelve years in administration and five years in teaching. I could use any advice/suggestions at all. Has anyone gone through this before? Has anyone come across a candidate with a similar situation? What did you do.

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
Staff

Hi Gerry -

I actually know quite a bit of people that have landed a job in education through social media. If you're not on Twitter, I'd suggest you set up an account. A good start is to follow educators and anyone passionate about education -- you'lll be surprised on what a small world it is.

I'd also start blogging and do whatever you can to create a brand for yourself as someone in education. Sounds like you've got great experience, now you just need to promote it, so hopefully they'll come to you.

Hope this helps and happy to answer any questions you have,
Elana

Gerry Kayo's picture
Gerry Kayo
Experienced Educator and Administrator

I'm not to savvy with social media. I have a Facebook account that I check maybe once a month. I set up a twitter account long ago but never use it. I could use some help on how to make good use of social media. Suggestions???

Lori Cullen's picture
Lori Cullen
Consultant - Teacher Recruitment at Calgary Board of Education
Blogger

Hi Gerry, I think the idea of a blog is an excellent one. I have a blog on wordpress... attheprincipalsoffice.wordpress.com and I think it is a place one can comprehensively express many things about themselves and about what they know, believe, reflect on, think about etc. If I were thinking about interviewing someone, if I were impressed with their blog I think it would sway me.
Although I am a VERY short-time blogger, I figured wordpress out no problem so I am sure you can too. Also, on my blog, as on most educators blogs, I have links to blogs I like. Snoop around on those blogs before you start your own, then you can find some great ideas.
Good luck!!

Lori Cullen's picture
Lori Cullen
Consultant - Teacher Recruitment at Calgary Board of Education
Blogger

Just another quick thought... you may want to revamp your cover letter and CV as it doesn't sound like those initial docs you are submitting are getting you in the door.... there are people that write CV's and cover letters as their business.... may be worth investing a couple of hundred on that. Also, take any reference names off your CV. Write "References: References available upon request" or something of that nature..... just an idea....

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
Staff

For Twitter, I'd follow the #cpchat (connected principals chat). Follow just means that you go to twitter.com and search for "cpchat." There's a live chat that happens every week that is a great way to connect with others in your field. Plus, people share administrator-related resources there throughout the week.

Here's also blog that lists the number of educational twitter chats: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/twitter-expanding-pln.

And here's some administrator blogs to follow (to give you a feeling of what you can also write about professionally):

:: A Principal's Reflections by Eric Sheninger (http://esheninger.blogspot.com/)
:: The Principal of Change by George Couros (http://georgecouros.ca/blog/)
:: The Principal's Posts by Lyn Hilt (http://lynhilt.com/)

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Eric Sheninger's picture
Eric Sheninger
Principal at New Milford High School
Blogger
Facilitator

Gerry,

I would be more that willing to speak with you and give you some advice. Like some of the other commenters, establishing a social media presence and developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) will greatly assist you in your quest. You can find my email at http://ericsheninger.com

PJ Caposey's picture
PJ Caposey
Principal of Oregon High School, Oregon, IL
Blogger

I think this conversation discussing being connected is outstanding. I love SM and everything it provides, but I believe we are ignoring the connectivity of administrators in their own geographic area. Gerry, whether right or wrong, the Superintendent and Principal advocated for your non-renewal -- so in their mind there is probably a reason. They have also most likely shared that reason with anybody they know formally or informally with whom you may have applied. In addition, depending on how your resumes or recomendations are written they may raise red flags. If you would like me to review either for you contact me via Twitter at @principalpc

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