Alright, so that was over the top, just a bit. But it sure feels like I will hit the lottery before finding a teaching job in Ohio. I'm a lifelong Ohioan. It is extremely unlikely that you will be able to find a teaching position here. I don't know if it's the Metro area I live in(Cincinnati), which has Miami University(My alma mater), University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and Northern Kentucky University pumping out teaching candidates. I don't know if it's my focus area, which is English-Language Arts for Secondary Education(Grades 7-12), but finding a job here seems to be impossible, no matter where I look. I know Ohio is in the top five states for teacher pay(ADJUSTED for cost of living), so that could have something to do with why it's so competitive here. I've been job searching since the second semester of the 2015-2016 schoolyear. Not only haven't I been able to find a full time job, but I haven't even been able to find a long-term subbing position. I've been doing short-term subbing, but that's hardly a way to get "in the door." It was downright impossible to even get an interview. I am certified, and have a very good resume for someone just starting out. I had an extremely good student teaching experience and my references would have practically told people that I could walk on water. It was a really good program, student taught for a semester, and we all taught in every grade level. Many of the students in my cohort had to get teaching jobs in other states. To be perfectly honest, I don't think that the people on this board who got a job many years ago have a true understanding of what it's really like to job search now. Last year in Ohio, there were hundreds of people applying for a single job. The chance of your resume even being read is slim. Every year more teachers are cut and colleges crank out more grads, so more and more people are searching for less and less available jobs. My general advice for people just going into college is to see if teaching is truly your one passion. Do you see yourself doing anything else? Obviously, even with the thousands of applicants, they have to hire SOMEONE. It may just be you. But I say if you have another interest, pursue that. And in case anyone is wondering: Yes, I've tried to apply at the "worst" schools, in the inner city schools of Dayton, and Cincinnati. I've even tried private schools, and charter schools, and I still haven't had any luck. For anyone screaming "Relocate", literally my entire family is here in the Cincinnati area of Ohio(My cousins from Kentucky are even moving here), and I don't want to leave every single family connection I have. I've even sent the principals/assistant principals of these schools elaborate emails(With my resume, license, and references attached to the email) mentioning the jobs, and that doesn't seem to help either. I've had ONE teaching interview, and six long-term subbing interviews. I'm still waiting to see if I'm getting a second interview for the ONE interview I've had for a classroom teacher-And this is a low-paying private school, mind you. I really hope I am able to land a job this Summer, but if not, I don't know what to do.