What am I going to do with my teaching certificate and no job?

I graduated college in NJ with a teaching degree. I am a certified elementary education teacher and can not find a job. I have no connections, nobody owes me any favors, and I have no relatives in education. I lost out on a great job in my district to the son of the ex-board of ed president (not qualified, no resume at the interview etc). What can I do?

Asked By: Ohboy226 - 9/25/2009
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In your situation, I would apply to small town schools around the area. It might not be the best pay, but it's a job for now and you can look for better opportunities in places you'd rather live. For example, I worked in a small town 15 minutes from where I lived... More
Answered By: FifthSonata - 9/25/2009
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Just keep looking in newspapers etc - maybe try some supply work to keep you going - there are agencies I'm sure... More
Answered By: Novalee - 9/25/2009
That's pretty much the way teacher hiring goes these days, I'm afraid. Politics everywhere. I, too am a trained educator with no teaching job. Currently, I use my secondary skill as a Spanish speaker to make a living. I'm still looking for a job, but for now my night job works out. Try to find something else you... More
Answered By: ClergetKubisz - 9/25/2009
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Answered By: kobwil - 9/25/2009
First, the fact that an unqualified candidate was chosen because his father is the ex board of ed president sounds like nepotism. I would contact the state education dept... More
Answered By: nromero_engteach - 9/25/2009
You just have to keep looking. Might have to consider re-locating. Look into working as a substitute-its a good way to get your foot in the door. Many jobs open in 2nd semester as well... More
Answered By: Jacket Coach - 9/25/2009
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