I was expecting a phone call.
Instead, I got a letter that reads, in part, “We experienced a very competitive field, with many qualified candidates interviewing for the position. While the interview committees have selected another candidate for the position, your expertise was both valued and appreciated.”
I have it on good authority that the candidate they chose is a brand-new graduate (who, it turns out, is the roommate of the intern my former mentor had in her classroom this semester. My mentor called me to give me the news yesterday morning, when her intern told her that the roommate had been offered – and had accepted – the job).
That makes twice I’ve been passed over for someone fresh out of college. I doubt this will be the last time, either; schools would much rather pay the scale for an inexperienced teacher than for one who’s been in the classroom.
I’m trying very hard not to take this personally. Looked at from the big-picture angle, there’s nothing exceptional about this experience; when a single open position can consistently generate 70+ applications, landing a position becomes more a matter of luck than of qualifications.
I’m looking down the barrel of a full year’s worth of unemployment in my field, though, and trying to come to terms that, during that span (and of having sent resumes to literally every high school and college within my commuting distance), this is only the second time I’ve even been contacted (to be fair, Quaint Coastal City School District did send me a “we got your resume” postcard; beyond that, I’ve gotten literally no response from any of the schools, up to and including those to whose principals I’ve sent personal emails). It’s really hard not to get discouraged.