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04 November 2004: Job Posting: Unreasonable Diligence and Paperwork Required (2 of 5)

So hereís the thing about looking for jobs: Theyíre not posted.

I understand that districts donít always know which sites will have openings, and that some small districts may experience very little turnover from year to year. Fine. I still donít understand why a district wouldnít list general openings with generic job descriptions, just to attract as many applicants as possible.

As it is, many districts list site-specific job listings, but then process them at the district level. Obviously, the time it takes to communicate openings, interviews, and hirings from the site to the district to the public is far more arduous than it needs to be. Until August comes, and then my experience has been that large districts scramble to fill openings with any warm body before the first day of school. I always fight a deep fear that because my application is not specific to any one position, that it will then be overlooked when the jobs actually do become available.

All Iím saying is, why donít they anticipate some openings and look for some quality teachers?

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Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

- Chinese proverb

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