Re: Job hunting woes
Posted by retired ms bd on 7/4/2018, 12:10 pm, in reply to "Job hunting woes"
I guess some of us are meant to be the people who come in and fix disasters, then move on to another fixer. Even though I was able to produce sweepstakes bands in every program I took over, the situations were still rife with enough inherent administrative and other problems that my successors were never able to maintain the top ratings after I was gone. |
After having the benefit of several years of retirement, I have realized that I am actually fine about being the person who pushed, pulled, and valued those kids enough to get them to succeed beyond everyone's expectations.
The kids in those also-ran bands need someone who will value them and motivate them much more than the kids who are part of long-term successful "band machine".
Try to value your unique contribution and teach the kids you are given. Making a difference does often mean making waves, especially in a setting with a lot of problems. Try not to feel that the interviewers have something against you, which can make you come off as defensive.
Good Luck, and Keep on Keeping On
I guess Iíve been blackedballed. Iíve had five positions Iíve interviewed at be relisted. Iíve been teaching for a while, mainly at schools that have bands that need a lot of help (read: bad) and turned them into a respectable group that has some success. I guess since I didnít turn them into a consistent sweepstake program, I have a strike against me. It looks like Iím either destined to take over another struggling program and have another rough year and make a bad band sound better or wind up not teaching. On the plus side, Iím selling all my golf equipment to pay for my interviews. Iíll keep trying.