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Please Help I'm going insane

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I finished school in June 2018 and I'm now a fully licensed teacher.

Had a temp job for a month from September to October and have been unemployed for 4 months now. I'm going insane.

I'm doing everything I've been told to do. I'm seeking jobs, and I always research and call the school before applying and ask relevant questions. But this month I haven't even gotten a single job interview. My resume is updated, so are my applications.

What more can I do? Please help me.

A layman’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

What you are doing, while following what you have been told to do, clearly isn’t working for you. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is your fault or that there is something wrong with you.

You are a fully licensed teacher, however you are not a fully experienced teacher.

In my geographical region of the world, I’ve heard of teaching positions where over 700 people have applied.

Looking for work and landing a job is work. You have to put the hours into job-searching, the same as you would working in a job.

Here’s some suggestions you may or may not have thought of:

  1. You say your resume is up to date. Does it include your experience with the temporary position and/or any experience you had while in school?
  2. Do you have any other marketable skills, besides teaching, that you could highlight?
  3. Do you have a Linkedin profile, maximized for effectiveness? I.e. written from a self-promotional perspective, featuring you as the solution to a problem?
  4. Are you building a network of professional connections? Linkedin can certainly help in doing that. One of the big secrets to job searching success can be in leveraging your network… which is why I wrote a book with that title. Many job searching specialists say that developing a professional network and engaging them in your job searching activities, may very well be the most effective of all job searching tactics.
  5. Continuing on with the networking theme… it is no longer ‘who you know’… it’s a matter of ‘who knows you know!’ People do business with those they like, know and trust. Your challenge is in getting in to the inner circle. Many job-seekers have found it beneficial to do volunteer work at a place they want to be hired. That way, when a job opens up, they have an inside advantage.
  6. Consider reworking your resume. Every resume should be crafted specifically for the job you are applying. If there are buzz words identified in the job description i.e. key skills or characteristics, try to highlight the fact in your resume that you possess those very same buzz words.

Rae Stonehouse

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    I finished school in June 2018 and I'm now a fully licensed teacher.

    Had a temp job for a month from September to October and have been unemployed for 4 months now. I'm going insane.

    I'm doing everything I've been told to do. I'm seeking jobs, and I always research and call the school before applying and ask relevant questions. But this month I haven't even gotten a single job interview. My resume is updated, so are my applications.

    What more can I do? Please help me.

    A layman’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.