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Anonymous Member posted 08-14-2022 15:39
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Good afternoon all 

I was recently hired as a CLASS observer in Virginia for this school year. There are a few clarifying questions I have that my interviewer has not followed up on. The initial job posting quoted one rate and the interview quoted another. I’m not trying to be anxious, but I haven’t received any definitive information to reference this. It’s kind of confusing. 

Since my interviewer hasn’t responded in two weeks, I don’t want to annoy them. I understand that it is contracting, and there are no guarantees of schedule. With 5 days a week of availability, I wasn’t given a clear answer on whether I would have 1 observation per week or 8-10 which is on the higher end. No average, nothing at all. I’m not sure if I should change my availability to 1-2 days a week so I can have a guaranteed additional job.  

If anyone has any insight or encouraging words, I would appreciate it. 

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Teachstone Staff Allison Bloomfield
Hi there,

Thank you so much for posting! This is such a relatable struggle and I've gotten many messages in the past from community members who are struggling with similar things as independent consultants. I would recommend following up with your interviewer, sharing that you enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to working with their team, and then asking clarifying questions. Clarify the rate, typical schedule, when the busiest weeks typically are, and any other insight that will give you comfort. Asking for more information is never bad, even if it can feel like you're being annoying. As a professional, you have every right to ask. I presume you will be able to negotiate your schedule should this position not bring as much work or revenue as you need. 

As encouragement, I would just say to believe in yourself and try to have confidence in your abilities. I know it can be scary and hard, but you are an expert and deserve clarity around the things you're worried about. Advocating for yourself is not always easy, but will always be worth it. I am rooting for you and wishing you ALL of the best!