This is a rant so I apologize in advance if I am going to be offending those who don't have a job right now.
Recently, my sister graduated from college and is looking for a teaching job. Over the summer, she went to a few interviews, but did not hear back from those places. I asked a couple of people that I know who works as teachers about the hiring. I was told that the school will still hire as the school year begins. The school year has now started and she's still without a job. Meanwhile, I hear from others that principals have hired people as soon as they meet them.
I asked sister what she has been doing while she's not working? She mentioned that she's taking classes to be able to teach Montessori, which is great.
However, I looked at the postings on the county sites. There are still spots open, and quite a few. I am beginning to wonder how hard has she been working on getting a job? Did she expect to just send in her resume and wait? Did she call the HR dept. to ask about her status? Did she call the schools directly and ask if they have her resume? The answer is likely no. WTF? If you really want a job, you'll pursue it persistently right? Am I crazy to expect her to be more proactive about it?
I can understand too that the current economy is not great, and lots of places are cutting positions. But if the listing is up there, you bet they are thinking about hiring. I expect no less than calling one school a day and ask if you can send in the resume, can calling back after a couple of days to see what they think. Worst case is that they don't like what you have or you after the interview, but you can still get feedback for you next one.
This is not the first time that I have seen it happen. I had friends who decide they want to go for a career in some field. I am all for supporting them in getting into something they want to do. However, when I ask what they are doing about getting into the field, they usually answer "I gotta get through this and that first." OK fine, but in the meantime, what are you going to prepare? Are you surrounding yourselves with the right people, people who working the field, who has experience and connection? Or are you waiting for the opportunity to come? A year later, these people are still not in the field that they said they want to be in, and still getting through the this and the that. Seriously, WTF? If you really want it, don't wait for it, go get it.