Hi there, I'm new here If there's any advice anyone has, I'd appreciate it. I'm currently out of work for the first time in 4 years, and am having a hard time finding a job. I was warned by the department chair at my last job, as well as other people in our profession this may happen b/c of my resume being "intimidating" to many schools, or seen as not a good fit for most schools and limiting the number of interviews I now get in comparison to when I was a new teacher. If anyone has any tips on how best to work with this I'd appreciate it. So here's where I stand: -4 years service credit, some may count a 5th depending on rules -CA Clear Social Science credential -Phd Political Science -Fluent English, Mandarin, and Spanish -1st job-Taught economics for 1 year at a high school in an agricultural area in CA, nearly all socioeconomically disadvantaged migrant farm workers children, 99% Hispanic. Students still struggled with ELA, but were great, hard working kids. I moved on b/c I was not interested in living long term in a rural area of CA. -2nd job-Taught Mandarin I/II/II and Global Studies for 2 years at an extremely, obscenely wealthy suburb outside LA at which a large number of students and families are A-list celebs, athletes, etc (Lebron level). It is also a very high academically achieving school with excellent funding. I was also the Model UN Coach, Speech and Debate Coach. The school is known very well and the name immediately is recognizable to schools all over the state, but in potentially a "oh, this person taught a bunch of rich superficial celebrities kids" way, and my coaching responsibilities as well as teaching Mandarin may be "intimidating" to more run of the mill schools, I worry, and have been told could happen. The school couldn't support a tenured Chinese position and Social Science classes were being cut, so couldn't be offered tenure. I'm not actually licensed to teach Mandarin, just a skill I picked up later in life and can do if a school needs it. I could never pass the CSET, though. -3rd job-moved to San Francisco last August, taught this past year at a very large school that is ranked as one of the very top performing public schools in the entire country, is instantly recognizable on a resume by every single school in California, and is also very famous bc it has been around for a long, long, long time. Nearly every student I taught this year is going to a UC, at minimum, this fall. It was basically like teaching at a high school version of UC-Berkeley, for the most apt comparison. Due to "consolidation" in the district at the end of the year (layoffs), those candidates were allowed to request a transfer and I ended up LIFO. So...now that I've built up a resume and have great letters of rec, references, and experience I've barely gotten any interviews at all for this coming year. On my last day at the school I was laid off from a month ago, my department chair and I sat down and I told her I was barely getting called for interviews and I was worried that having spent 3 of my 4 years teaching at the last two schools combined with my academic coaching and the fact I also taught Mandarin was going to scare schools away from me. She said she was inclined to agree. The two interviews I have had for next year have both been at schools on that same kind of academic level, which is fine, but I worry that my prior experience is now limiting my potential for employment at a wider range of schools, like typecasting for teachers. Which, I'm sure, does happen in our profession like many others. Anyone have any ideas on ways to alter or word my resume that will accentuate my experience without scaring off potential employers because of where I've previously taught the past 3 years? Both schools are places people tend to respond "you taught THERE?? what was that like???" Also, if anyone has any thoughts on whether my pay could also affect things would be helpful, too. I wouldn't sweat anything except for the fact when I was new/post 1st year teacher I got dozens of interviews at a wide variety of schools. Now, it seems it has narrowed to a very specific type. Help! Should I just eliminate specific things on my resume when applying to schools I think might not be interested? Help!