I failed to follow-up my last post, so thought I better get everyone up to speed on where I'm at in my job search for the fall. Unfortunately I was not successful in getting the permanent position I interviewed for, nor the LTO I interviewed for shortly thereafter. The first let down wasn't much of a surprise; I didn't feel great about my interview. The second was more of a disappointment because I felt like I did a good job in the interview and it was at a school I had a connection to from past years of occasional teaching. However, based on the feedback I received, I got the impression that they already had someone in mind.

That brings me to my current state of affairs: applying for the second round of LTO postings. Unfortunately, it is slim pickings this time around; I'm only qualified for 18 of the posted positions. On one hand, that means I won't be strapped for time to customize my cover letters and send off my applications. I'll have a little more time to spend on getting my letters just right. On the other hand, everyone else will too, and the competition will be concentrated, especially with a few of the positions being available external to the board. Suddenly the number of applicants to each job could potentially jump from only a few hundred applicants to several hundred applicants...yes, I said hundred. And most of those hundreds of applicants are as qualified and experienced as I am; they need to be to make the cut to get on the supply list. It is an uphill battle for new teachers trying to move up the ladder.

"The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved." ~ Samual Smiles

And so I continue to travel uphill and work toward my goals.
 



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