As a teacher and administrator recuiter, I often get the same questions from inexperienced candidates who are looking fot the “first job”. They are sure that they are the most qualified candidates and cannot understand how they are being passed up for interviews.
I certainly understand the frustration, but you need to have a lot of patience and self-confidence and continue pursuing every opportunity for a position. The job search process is a job in itself. A candidate must devote a great deal of time and energy doing the research of the school or school district, research the community and then determine how their qualifications match.
For a recruiter, it is sometimes frustrating to have to search through the paperwork submitted in order to find minimal requirements. We may ask, for instance, for state license. The candidate may omit that information or assume that we would be able to research that information. With limited time and resources, a hiring official may be inclined to assume the candidate does not meet minimal requirements for the job. As a candidate, you can be most helpful when you provide the exact information as requested. This will insure that you will not be inadvertently overlooked.
Director of Recruitment
Douglas County School District
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