Post: Supportive husband needs employment advice

    Bernard Benko Jr

    Posted on 4/20/16
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    Hello everyone,

    I'll preface by saying that this post may seem ridiculous or even desperate
    on my part. I'm writing to get some honest answers. I need feedback from
    school administrators, especially if you're involved in the hiring process at
    your respective schools, districts, etc. I'm probably not even the first
    person to broach this subject.

    My wife has her Masters in School Counseling. She's been applying all
    over the country for school/guidance counselor positions, attending job
    fairs, etc for the last 4 years. We live in Pennsylvania, and have a
    willingness to relocate should an opportunity arise. I'm very supportive of
    my wife and want to see that she gets to pursue her passions. However,
    we feel at a loss with this whole process. She's spent many hours each
    day after work, applying even for just one position...has applied for almost
    200 positions over the years. Is it time to throw in the towel? Look at other
    careers? I know counselor positions are few and far between. Is getting a
    job really only about who you know? From what I know, the positions aren't
    often mandated, therefore getting the ax when cuts have to be made.

    I figured I'd give it a shot by asking those that are involved in the actual
    decision making process. Is there anything to make her more marketable
    in this field saturated with applicants?

    I'm not in the school system myself. I've been working in mental health for
    over 15 years. I can only support her with this frustration, but don't really
    know what else to suggest. I feel that she's qualified and has a background
    competitive with other applicants. It's just that the hard work is producing
    nothing. No calls for interviews, etc. I'm not even sure that her resume is
    being looked at.

    Cliff's notes of her qualifications

    - Bachelors in education
    - High School teacher for 5 years at a school in an urban setting
    - 9 years (so far) working in the MH field
    - Weekend director of a Residential MH facility
    - Dialectical Behavioral Specialist - thesis on DBT for high school students
    - CPI Trainer (non violent crisis intervention)
    - Currently completing ASCA's College Admissions Specialist certificate
    - More

    I know I'm probably preaching to the choir with my concerns and
    complaints. I just feel that it's time she at least gets a chance. Sorry to
    take up everyone's time - if you're reading this. Any advice or a point in the
    right direction for my wife would be wonderful! Thanks!


    Posts on this thread, including this one

  • Supportive husband needs employment advice, 4/20/16, by Bernard Benko Jr.
  • Re: Supportive husband needs employment advice, 4/20/16, by sped.
  • Re: Supportive husband needs employment advice, 4/20/16, by Kate.
  • Re: Supportive husband needs employment advice, 4/20/16, by Bernie.
  • Re: Supportive husband needs employment advice, 4/20/16, by Bernie.