Which Hoops and How High????

July, 2009 – About 4 months ago, my husband asked me to update his resume and cover letter.  After being assured that he was not being laid off (ALLEGEDLY!) I agreed.   NOTE: Remember in The Full Monty when Tom Wilkinson was laid off but he kept getting dressed and leaving for work as if nothing happened so he would not disappoint his wife?  It could happen . . . you never know.

Anyhoo, I said, “Sure, I’d be happy to do that.”  After all, it was just the busiest time of year at my job AND 15 years since I wrote his first and only resume for the first and only job he has ever had post college.  I also have no earthly idea what he actually DOES all day except ignore the well worded, and might I say, HILARIOUS emails write to him during the day.  I mean I know what his degree is in and I know what his job title is but beyond that – actually, I most likely just said ”OK, I’ll be off of crack, I mean, Facebook in a second.”

I’m starting on that resume today.

UPDATE:  This part of the story was written about 2 months ago when we decided to move back to Pittsburgh.  About 2 days later, he was offered a job WITHOUT a resume or interview or job search.  I don’t want to jinx it but if it all works out it will be perfect for moving home.

I, on the other hand, am right in the middle of all of trying to jump through all of the hoops necessary to even submit an application for a teaching job in PA.  Don’t get me wrong – I think any and all  screenings necessary for students to be safe are completely warranted in this day and age.

Add to that, the question of when to send an application for next school year – is it too late? too early?  Will they really keep it on file for a year or will it get lost among the zillions of apps they get every month?? How do I even choose the right districts when I haven’t lived there in so long??

It all just makes me anxious to know that there is only so much I can do while still living in exile.  Maybe I’ll check out some updates on Facebook to relax for a minute . . .

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  • denisesarnowski

    Hey, JennYou can post on PA Educator and regularly update it. Many of the schools check this, but you can also find out on their webpages. I know that CV only accepts resumes in January and then again in April. Some of the better districts in the South Hills include South Fayette, Upper St. Clair, Canon MacMillan, Mt. Lebanon, and Chartiers Valley. I know that Carlynton was currently looking for someone in Social Studies, and Craigs List regularly has ads for people that are experienced in ESL. Hope this helps.Denise

  • Anonymous

    Hey, Jenn

    You can post on PA Educator and regularly update it. Many of the schools check this, but you can also find out on their webpages. I know that CV only accepts resumes in January and then again in April. Some of the better districts in the South Hills include South Fayette, Upper St. Clair, Canon MacMillan, Mt. Lebanon, and Chartiers Valley. I know that Carlynton was currently looking for someone in Social Studies, and Craigs List regularly has ads for people that are experienced in ESL. Hope this helps.

    Denise