I have a very dear friend who teaches at a local-ish school. I sent in a resume packet a few weeks ago in answer to a position that was posted on the website for an English teacher. Given that I have connections in the school (my friend, and I graduated from there), I thought my chances for an interview were at least fairly decent.
I emailed my friend this morning to ask if I should reach out to the department head in an email. I’m never sure if sending personal notes comes off as self-assured and professional or harassing and needy, and I wanted to get a feel for what she thought I should do. She emailed me back with this news:
Dan started interviews yesterday and I asked him if you were given a interview and he said no. I’m appalled by the way it’s happening. One young intern from last year who has been teaching all year as permanent sub in a 9th grade classroom was mortified by the way he was interviewed last night by the English teachers. He was quite upset about it.
I’ll find out more when my friend and I meet for dinner – I’m sure she’ll have a lot to say about this – but in the meantime I’m left with a couple of conflicting feelings. I’m upset, naturally; what is it about my packet that was so deficient I didn’t even merit a call back? Going back to my last post about professional courtesy (or, rather, the obscene lack of it), I wonder at the same time whether I want to work for a place that can’t even be minimally decent to job seekers (and I suspect that this feeling will be reinforced by my friend’s retelling of the intern’s experience).
This whole process sucks hard.