Friday, October 05, 2007

The competition

I know I ought not, but sometimes I look to see who a school has hired. I'm wondering who filled the role; what chopped liver pate am I? I likely ought not to do this, because in truth it doesn't matter and comparisons like this are evil... but I do it anyway.

A year ago, I looked to see who filled an English teaching job at a boarding school I'd thought I had a good interview with. They hired a young woman who had just finished a master's degree in the teaching of English from William & Mary.

Today, I looked to see who was filling the role of counselor at another school I'd had what I thought were good interviews. He holds a bachelor's and master's degrees from schools in southern Mississippi; he most recently served as a behavior specialist in a rural school district in Mississippi. And, he lists his athletic background as "wilderness activities, mountain climbing, rock climbing, body building, dirt bike racing." And I doubt he's a day over 30...

3 comments:

CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

You've already stated that you "ought not" to look, and yet you look anyway. Do you secretly like to torture yourself?

Anonymous said...

If you know such comparison does not matter in reality so why are you taking stress!

Peter A. Stinson said...

Yes, I'm a gluten for punishment... that and I find it most interesting to see who gets hired...

The longer I've been around, the more I realize that I'm not a good fit with every organization... I like to see who the organization thinks is...

Thanks for reading and commenting.