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Unemployment – Week 4

I’m still looking for stable employment, and so far it’s pretty tough to find a teaching job. It’s funny, when the state of Ohio advises that in order to be considered for unemployment compensation, you have to apply for at least two jobs in your career field. In the teaching field, there aren’t that many available… Especially since we’re not willing to move to southern Ohio, or over to the west. Why? Well, for starters, we own two houses here, have all of our family here, and with the 4-month old, that really helps. So, no move for us.

However, I did find some jobs, and applied. I have an interview this coming week at Summit County ESC, and I’m waiting on another. Then I’m taking the police test at Kent State University, so we’ll see how that goes. Hopefully something happens soon, so we can stop worrying about health insurance, mortgage payments, etc.

FOR AUDIT PURPOSES

Here are the jobs I applied to this week:

  • Resident Hall Director, Kent State University
  • Assistant Director, Center for Student Involvement, Kent State University
  • Coord, Teacher Induction & Prof Devel Pgms, Cleveland State University
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Unemployment – Week 3

FOR AUDIT PURPOSES

Here are the jobs I applied to:

  • Social Studies at Rootstown High School
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Unemployment – Week 2

Still unemployed, but some leads on becoming employed! Yeah!

Attended a week-long workshop for a Teaching American History Grant this week, and spent most of the time at the Cuyahoga County ESC and various places in Cleveland, like the Natural History Museum, and the Art Museum. We also took a tour of the Cuyahoga River, and visited the GM Stamping Plant in Parma, OH.

I received notice I would probably get an interview at the Summit County ESC, and at a company called Smart Solutions, so that’s good news. On the job front regarding social studies teachers, it’s pretty thin, unless we’re willing to move to Columbus, or some other location in southern Ohio. Which we’re not.

FOR AUDIT PURPOSES

Here are the jobs I applied to:

  • Long-term sub job at Nordonia Middle School <– was offered, but won’t start until August 2011.
  • Twinsburg High School
  • Police Officer 1 at Kent State University
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Unemployment – Week 1

I became unemployed on June 11th, 2011.

After having worked for the last three years at Nordonia High School teaching U.S. History and Economics, and earning tenure this spring, I was laid off due to levy failures. Fun!

I filed for unemployment online with the state of Ohio, and received bunch of paperwork in the mail a few days later. The PIN code they sent was invalid, of course, and multiple phone calls, faxing (yes, it’s the 1990s!) copies of my social security card and driver’s license to them, we might have rectified the situation. Now, of course, all I’m waiting on is them calling my employer to verify that I actually am unemployed, and not scamming the system.

Some of the week’s conversation highlights:

Me: “The PIN code I was issued doesn’t work, and I can’t file my claim.”
Them: “Oh, all of the PIN codes we send are invalid, so you have to request a new one.”
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Me: “I was laid off from teaching at a high school this spring due to levy failures.”
Them: “So when does the new semester or term start?”
Me: “It doesn’t. I was laid off. I am now unemployed.”
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Them: “So, what about this job at Kent State University?”
Me: “That was a workshop. Two days. No healthcare, etc.”
Them: “So, when does the new semester or term start?”
Me: “It was a workshop. 16 hours worth of work. No benefits. Not full time employment.”
Them: “Oh, okay. When does the new semester or term start?”
Me: “It doesn’t.”

FOR AUDIT PURPOSES

Here are the jobs I applied to:

  • Portage Lakes Career Center
  • Olmstead Falls Schools
  • Summit County ESC