Unemployed Teacher

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 - career management, CV Writing, Job Application, job hunting, unemployment


Unemployed Teacher

Teacher and students in classroom, circa 1990s

Claire asks: I’m unemployed and cant get a job. What do I do? I’m a teacher. I have two years temporary experience and due to cut backs in education have found it impossible to find anything. I’ve sent hundreds of CVs and driven to loads of schools. Starting to feel like rubbish about the whole thing. It’s such a mess. Was talking to a few principals where there are jobs going and they are literally getting hundreds of applications for one job. I have a good CV but haven’t even been called for one interview. It’s hard seeing my friends get up in the morning and go off to their permanent teaching jobs. It’s embarrassing meeting people and having them asking me for the last few months if I have a job. What can I do?

In answer:
Firstly, sorry to hear about your situation Claire – honestly, you will get something soon with that drive of yours.

Secondly, there is lots of new competition in the market. In part that is driven by former graduates from the commercial world coming into the teaching world. As they are both new and fairly well remunerated from previous work, they are happy to take lower wages. It makes the market tougher.

Employment in measurement

Do you know why after all these applications why you keep getting rejected? Feedback is the key to eventual employment. If you are not getting 1 interview in 5 job applications, then the problem is in your CV or jobs you are applying for. Other wise, it is in the interview stage.

I suggest you register with some temp agencies and get some stand-in work. As the winter comes on, some one will go down ill. Plus holiday is often the time many conceive, so teachers regularly go on maternity leave.

My cousin and her husband have both built successful teaching careers on being permanent temporary teachers. It gives them the flexible lifestyle they want for their family, and makes their skills appreciated as they are constantly learning new things to apply elsewhere.

Don’t give up, listen to feedback, and recognise the opportunities that do exist – if you have enthusiasm for the art and profession of teaching

Good Luck!

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