Stagnant/Loss of Success to More Qualified People

Hi Brooke!

I’m so excited to be in SCS, just signed up earlier this week and have been loving it ever since. I’m going to be completely honest. This has been a challenging summer for me. I currently work at three jobs just to pay my rent/bills/etc. and my amazing boyfriend has recently moved in which has been so helpful for my finances. But going back to my crazy work life. I have told my employers that I do not want to keep this up as a lifestyle forever. My main job is working as an High School English teacher online and it’s absolutely amazing and wonderful…it really is my dream job. But they have kept me at just the cut off for full time status for the entire 4 years I have worked there. I’ve repeatedly told them time and time again that I do not want to live that way and want full time status. I’ve made my case before the school board, gotten recommendations from other teachers and been in the top three educators in my school every single year since I’ve started working there. And yet they still have not given me the promotion.

So this summer I said enough is enough. I didn’t quit, but I started looking for jobs elsewhere. One of my other jobs is being an *academic coach* at the local technical college in my town (which I also, LOVE) so I have a lot of different skills and experience that have made me (I think) a pretty freaking awesome person and employee. However, it seems that every job I apply to I get looked over and/or cannot even apply to because I don’t have minimum qualifications or I lose the job/don’t even get a darn interview because there are so many other super qualified individuals out there gunning for what I know I could do amazingly and effectively.

My boyfriend is so amazing and encourages me to apply to lots of jobs every day, but when I keep getting doors slammed in my face it’s hard to get the guts to put myself out there. I love teaching and working online and it’s something I can see myself doing long term, but when I get this kind of blatant disrespect from the board (which, quite frankly, doesn’t know an ounce of what we do Online), it makes me want to look elsewhere (which apparently I’m not good enough for).

So what’s a girl to do? Honestly, it makes me feel like not even trying anymore. To just roll over and accept that this is my lot in life, to be a workhorse, spreading myself thin for very little appreciation and recognition. Any help would be super appreciated! Thanks so much for all you do!