I am new to the Absent Teacher Reserve pool. I have been playing it very straight in the application and interview process.
I wrote a brand new resume after attending a hiring workshop in June at Jamaica HS before we closed. I have applied for numerous positions through the Open Market Transfer System and now on the Excess Staff Selection System. I dress professionally in a suit for most interviews and take them very seriously. However, the process is getting a little ridiculous as long time ATRs warned me it would.
On Tuesday morning, I was sent for a mandatory interview for a position that had been filled over a week ago. The assistant principal informed me that the Department of Education still wanted them to interview teachers in case they had a vacancy in the future. Who are they kidding? Another school previously interviewed me but they also didn't have a position.
The DOE is forcing ATRs to travel around our boroughs for interviews under threat of automatic resignation if we miss two. When we go on interviews for jobs that don't exist, we are wasting time, energy and money as we are not available in the schools we are assigned to for class coverage which another teacher has to do for pay.
Veteran ATRs have told me the system is designed to discourage ATRs so we will become demoralized and want to quit. As I live through this, I am seeing this point more clearly every day.
It's off to Far Rockaway for today's interview.