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I too live in SE MI and was fornuate to land a job just before school started. I moved back to this area last winter and had, what I thought to be, a running start on the competition. But, I only had one interview all summer until the one that offered me a job. I also applied every where, stopped by schools, and did everything I knew how to do. It's so hard, but some people just seem to walk into the jobs without any effort. How did I get the job?? I had a connection that I used and it worked. It didn't get me the job, but it got me the interview. I asked the personnel secretary where I got hired how people got interviews. She said it was part connections, part substituting and part pure luck having your resume pulled (plus they love to hire their students teachers). I live in Oakland county and here they use the Consortium where it's a data base of literally around 10,000 applicants looking for elementary positions. To have your resume pulled is PURE LUCK!
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I think in some districts subbing seems to be a great way to get in, in others it doesn't work at all. You need to know what districts really hire their subs and what districts say they do but really don't. I know in my district, they really respect their subs and many do get hired. In the district I student taught in (about 10 yrs. ago), they never hired their subs and still have the reputation of not doing so.
Basically, make yourself known. It's too easy to be one of hundreds, you need to get your name and face out there. And if you have any connections whatsoever, use them!
Best of luck to you both. Always keep looking, our district just hired two more teachers they weren't expecting to have to hire.
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