Is Your Email Address Keeping You From Getting an Interview?

email_iconCould someone please tell me what’s going on with colleges and universities? But please, not too many details, I may want to send my daughter there one day (although I am anticipating her attending some sort of truck driving school).

My concern is who is guiding our teachers of the future?

Who is showing them the ins and outs of what it takes to be an educator?

How can these schools be handing out diplomas and yet not talking about something that may be keeping their graduates from getting hired.

Email addresses. Sounds simple. In theory.

It makes me wonder if I should be worried about these institutions of higher education. Are their standards high enough?

I should have known something was up when they gave me a diploma. Or three (by the way, that was before email… and indoor plumbing).

Professors of Education spend months teaching their students about lesson plans, yet they don’t have five seconds to share advice on the proper selection of an email address.

How can people spend 4 years in college (or 5, 6, or 7… and if you have been in college longer, I hope they call you Dr.) and then send out an application letter (or preferably email) with something so heinous and inappropriate on it.

I was under the impression that signing up for an email address was simple. I thought Gmail and Hotmail were giving them away like candy. The kids these days, with their knowledge of technology should be able to handle this.

Evidently, I must be wrong.

A candidate mails (or again… preferably emails) a resume. The interviewee looks it over. Everything is in order. GPA looks impressive. References are excellent. Degree is perfect for the open position.

And there it is.

The cool guy/cool girl email address.

The address that was so very funny only days before. Funny to the person who thought of it. Funny when the person wasn’t completely sober.

Funny on Facebook.

Turns out a prospective employer might not be as amused as your roommate who thinks everything is funny.

Examples include… or

I am sure these addresses served an important purpose at one time in a college student’s life. Probably a highly illegal purpose, but as always I am not here to judge.

Since colleges are evidently not teaching this invaluable lesson and the drunkenpartygod and the hotsororitygirl lack a certain degree of common sense, I feel it is my obligation to pass on this advice (plus, I get a pet peeve off my chest).

When you move towards the end of your college experience… find a new email address (you know you can have more than one…).

Prospective employers are looking for someone who is structured, trustworthy, and good with kids.

Not a wingman. Or a date.

Candidates spend time choosing which information to include on a resume, what font to use, and what color of fancy paper on which to print it.

Can’t they spend 10 seconds signing up for an employer appropriate email address?

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We Are Here to Change the World and Touch the Future- Shouldn’t We Make More Money?

Teachers Like Money.Before I start, to the person who actually read “The End of the World as We Know It”- Thanks. I appreciate you taking the time to read it and comment. However, I still don’t have a fear of getting run over by a float. Isn’t that a parental responsibility? If that did happen it would be a terrible accident, but as a parent isnst that a you problem, not a we problem?

This week my wife was nearly maimed by the kitchen light falling on her head. We live in a house that is about 3 years old and I assume the light just wasn’t installed correctly. No one’s fault, just an accident.

If she had died:

1.) it would have been awkward to explain to my second wife that it was an “accident”.

2.) should we ban kitchen lights because she was a victim of an accident?

That is a her problem, not a you problem (and it would certainly be my problem and a terrible loss to all of us….. she reads this Blog, mainly out of politeness I think). So…again, thanks again for actually reading my Blog all the way through (to think my high school English teacher said I would never amount to anything).

Now on to the next thing that has me confused (please no comments about me always being confused).

Why is it that when someone gets their first job in education they are so excited? As an administrator I consider one of the best parts of my job is getting the opportunity to hire a brand new teacher. I also think it is a big responsibility because a teacher hired for the 2007-08 school year may retire sometime around 2043.

By then, God willing, I will be 75 years old and only slightly more senile then I am now. Of course, by then I may not even know how old I am or recognize the fact that I may still be senile. I do know that at my school that will be 8 principals from now, so students and staff will have long forgotten my name (I may have also forgotten my name), but this year’s new teachers may still be working with students.

A new teacher looks forward to everything about their first teaching assignment…their new room, their own desk, getting keys to the building, a real paycheck, putting up bulletin boards, possibly even school lunch, and of course their first group of students.

Everything about the experience is positive and upbeat. They have no complaints about their schedule, or who their teaching partner is, or parents not being supportive, or the fact that they think teachers aren’t appreciated enough, or that their paycheck is too small.

A new teacher is open to advice and willing to try different things. There is no talk of “why change – that’s the way we have always done it” or “I am not going to use the computers- they will never catch on”. They are thrilled with the job, their colleagues, the kids, and the opportunity to make a difference.

This isn’t to say that veteran teachers don’t feel the same way. Many do and are a credit to education, but others may have begun to take the huge opportunity that we have been given as teachers for granted.

Many think they should get paid more, get more respect and appreciation, and maybe…just maybe…work less hours. But so should doctors, engineers, waitresses, carpenters, and the guy who changes the oil in my truck, and everyone else who works hard for a living for not nearly enough money.

Some people will say, since we work with students and are such a big part of shaping the lives of the future – we should be paid triple what we get now. I would have taken more money, but I am pretty sure I knew what my teaching salary would be when I was hired. I do recall on more than one occasion as I went through school, a teacher commenting on the fact that they didn’t get paid enough, so I was not shocked when I saw my first paycheck.

But somewhere, supply and demand comes into play. Sure, there are areas where good qualified teachers are hard to come by, but for the most part you can find a group of very good applicants for each open teaching position. If there were 50 candidates for every Neurosurgeon job, they probably wouldn’t make as much money as they do now.

It also must be human nature that over time some people begin to focus more on the things that aren’t given to us in our profession, and less about what we do get.

New teachers aren’t experienced enough to focus on what is not good about their job; they are too busy looking at the good side, they only see a chance to make a real difference.

Maybe we should all take a moment at the start of each school year to reflect on the excitement that new teachers possess and we undoubtedly had at the beginning of our careers.

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