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Bruno: Job Search Showdown - myEdmatch Vs. EdJoin

5585670827_a15ec1de16There's been some buzz recently about myEdmatch.com, the new job listing site that promises to better match teachers to schools based on their stated philosophies of education. Prospective teachers sign up, fill out a survey about their educational beliefs, and then, hopefully, find a similarly-aligned school.

Since I'm on the job market myself I signed up for myEdmatch as soon as the site came online at the end of February.

So far I've been underwhelmed.

The biggest problem is that there aren't many jobs available. Stephen Sawchuk reported that there were only about 100 schools nationwide signed up at the beginning of April, and my own searches indicate that none of them is in California.

For comparison, EdJoin - which has recently gone nationwide itself - is currently listing nearly 4,000 open certificated teaching positions in California alone.

(I did get a request to apply from a charter school in Kansas City, MO based on the strength of our "match", but our lack of geographic match suggests to me that teachers aren't currently participating heavily either.)

If myEdmatch is going to compete, it's clearly doing to need to distinguish itself with it's "matching" system. It remains to be seen whether that's a strategy that's going to work.

Filling out my "beliefs profile" was an interesting opportunity for reflection, but it's more trouble than some people might want to go through for such thin job listings.

The belief matching also may not be that useful. The fact is that on EdJoin I'm often perfectly able to screen out potential employers where I don't feel like I'd be a good fit. And most other schools aren't so internally coherent and rigid that I don't feel like I couldn't fit in with a little time.

Even if the myEdmatch system is a good one, however, they've got an uphill battle ahead of them if for no other reason than they're late entrants to the game. If most employers and teachers are already on a mega-site like EdJoin, there's not much incentive for them to start signing up for a new service.

For now, despite my initial optimism I've stopped checking myEdmatch on a regular basis and fallen back on EdJoin. - PB (@MrPABruno) (image source)

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Yeah it is great that you can fill out the belief section but there again there is a Seperation of Church and State. Which basically means to me that beliefs need to be kept out of State funded jobs. Plus I am sure that it limits your marketability.

Fortunately for everybody involved, the myEdmatch belief survey focuses entirely on beliefs about education and work environment and does not cover religious beliefs.

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