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Old 11-16-2012, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Do you really want rural Colorado? I didn't see that in your OP.

If I was you, looking for a teaching job, I'd stick to one of the major metropolitan areas. It can be difficult to find a job, but it comes in cycles. A few years ago, there were a bunch of music jobs, this year, again, there were at least 10 music positions in my area. Colorado Springs

I'm from CT and love the quality of life that I have here. There are places to hike within minutes, if I really want to get lost, I can drive for an hour maybe two into the true mountains.

I don't always trust the numbers of people applying for a position. A friend of mine applied for a job at a school where I once worked. She was told that 200 people applied when in reality only 7 did.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:23 AM
 
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All of the points made by jazzlover are absolutely true, but that doesn't mean that you will experience any or all of those realities as unsolvable challenges. Richard Carlson wrote a great book titled Don't Sweat the Small Stuff--and it's all small stuff. Throughout the book, he keeps reminding us that it's not so much the circumstances and situations in our lives that make or break us, but rather our inner approach to the circumstances. With the right attitude, it is indeed all small stuff.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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I noticed your post and it completely describes my position about a year ago. I agree with the poster who said to look around metro areas such as CO Springs. I was able to get a teaching position, as a new teacher with NO teaching experience, after my second interview. The most important thing is having a local address, they will likely not contact you if you are out of state. I teach math and was able to get a job at a very nice charter school. The pay is decent and enough for a good standard of living in CO Springs. Other subjects (English, History, and elementary) might have more applicants, but it is not an impossible thing to get a teaching job in CO as other posters like to indicate. I was reading those same posts a couple of years ago, feeling very discouraged, but here I am teaching and loving where I live! There are so many charter schools out here, make a list and then check their websites frequently for openings (in addition to all the big public districts).

CO Springs is affordable and very close to any kind of outdoor adventure you would want (although a bit of a drive to the ski resorts). 5 minutes to downtown, 5 minutes to hikes in Cheyenne Mountain area from my house. It really can't be beat!
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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Realistically, I want to add, some charter schools do not pay as much as some public schools, so those, as well as private schools, may have less competition.

If you have a high college GPA, have a lot of experience, have a master's degree, the whole 9 yards, you'll have an easier time finding a job. If you're an average person looking for a job, you'll have a harder time.


I'm a French teacher. I six years ago, I applied to six jobs and got six interviews (accepted the first job that came my way). Six years earlier, applying for social studies, I applied to sixty jobs, got eight interviews, and one offer. Depends on what your subject is.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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Do you really want rural Colorado? I didn't see that in your OP.

If I was you, looking for a teaching job, I'd stick to one of the major metropolitan areas. It can be difficult to find a job, but it comes in cycles. A few years ago, there were a bunch of music jobs, this year, again, there were at least 10 music positions in my area. Colorado Springs

I'm from CT and love the quality of life that I have here. There are places to hike within minutes, if I really want to get lost, I can drive for an hour maybe two into the true mountains.

I don't always trust the numbers of people applying for a position. A friend of mine applied for a job at a school where I once worked. She was told that 200 people applied when in reality only 7 did.
A BIG +1. If you need to work, you don't want to be in rural CO. The east coast is heavily populated. CO has plenty of open space (43.3% public lands vs 6.3% for MA source: Public and Private Land Percentages by US States : Facts & Information : SummitPost)
You can have a decent job on the front range and be in the back country in an hour or less.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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As a fellow teacher, my recommendation is that once you become serious about finding a teaching position in Colorado, invest the effort & money in getting your Colorado teaching certificate. It is much easier to get a position with the state licensure in hand.

Good luck!
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