And I am without understanding. I can teach. I'm bright. I'm personable. I'm educated. What's keeping me from landing something?
Am I not focused enough in terms of a specific job or discipline?
Am I too old to be getting back into the classroom?
Do I have too large a family?
Do school leaders think I'm going to be too expensive?
In desperation, I've written to the head of a school for counsel. I've never met the head I've written to, but I am a habitual reader of his blog, and I like his style. And I'm hoping that he'll give me some solid feedback.
Here's what I wrote:
Dear Malcom,The broadcast letter was basically the same one I posted here many months ago.
I am an avid RSS reader of your blog. Great stuff; I don't understand why every head doesn't blog.
Anyway, I'm wondering if you could do a huge favor. I am looking to return to an independent school faculty. This is my second go-round, and I have no offer. I was wondering if you might review my candidacy package and critique it. I'm thinking there's something that is submarining my candidacy; likely, there are several. But I can't see them, and need an outside, professional eye. Since your school is not hiring at the moment, I thought you could give it a no-holds-barred review.
I'll attach below my usual "broadcast letter." When I'm applying for an advertised job, I tweak it for the specific position. Overall, however, the bulk of the letter is the same.
Any thoughts, insight, or counsel you could provide would be most helpful.
If you don't have time, think this is bogus, or are just overtaken by events, I'll understand. I'm shooting blind here.
Dear reader, what counsel can you provide?
Perhaps I need to start honing my rejection letter to reject rejection letters.