I'll be graduating with my MA in English in May, so I am job hunting right now for the first time in my life. All my other jobs I've gotten by word of mouth, but now I'm having to research, plan by region, get together my CV/Resume, cover letter, references, statement of my teaching philosophy, transcripts...all of it. It's just time-consuming because you have to tailor everything to each institution.
On top of this, I'm taking all 3 grad seminars that are offered this semester and doing the course work for all of those, while holding down my part-time job in the dept., and trying to get together a 10-page essay to present at a conference at the end of Feb.!!!
What's adding to the stress is knowing that Jim and I are going to have to relocate wherever we find jobs (he's Information Technology, so we aren't too worried about finding HIM a job!!), so the thought of having to move and coordinate all of that is getting to me as well.
Ugh. I need some encouragement.
It's so much to think about. I've always been one who gets whatever needs to be done, DONE and done on time. So, you can imagine how taking all of this on at once can take its toll.
Are there any teachers out there who have any advice on job-hunting. I'm looking at the community college level in the southeast (GA, NC, and VA). We are trying to stay in the North GA area if at all possible. That's where we are from and would like to move back there after graduation.
Thanks for listening Cat Forum Members! I've been holding off on the complaining, but I just couldn't hold it in anymore. I needed to vent a bit.