Let's say there is a position. You have a friend and she teaches at Great Elementary. Your friend KNOWS there is an opening because she has been told by admin. that one of the teachers is not returning. Thus, you KNOW this job WILL be posted. So, YOU being the crafty, intuitive, creative person that you are decide to get a jump on the rest of the applicants and go ahead and email the P and AP with your cover letter and resume. Well, the position has not been posted. But the P and AP have your resume and cover letter and know of your interest. Well... YOU decide to call the AP after a week and just mention that you sent the resume and cover letter. The AP says, "Yes, she has it and thank you for your interest. However, the district has not posted the position." YOU say, "Well, my friend Jenny Teachsmart that teaches third grade at your school told me that there will be a position and I am very interested in interviewing at Great Elementary." The AP politely says, "We appreciate your interest and if the position posts we will look over your resume at that time." Well.... you wait another week and call your friend. She says there is definitely a position and that she even told her grade chair that she had a great friend interested. Well, YOU decide to call the AP one more time. You say, "Hi. I just had a quick question that I wanted to run by you. Do you have any idea when the district plans to post the 3rd grade position at Great Elementary because I would love to interview for this position? " The AP replies, "At this time we do not have a position posted. Please check the internet site daily and if the position posts, feel free to apply online." At this point, the AP is not happy. She feels like the applicant is now a pest. She actually thought she was a pest after the first phone call. And she has no intention of interviewing the said applicant. The APs reasoning is that it is unprofessional to argue with her especially when they do not know each other on any level (concerning whethere there is or is not a position) AND if she IS such a good friend with Jenny Teachsmart then maybe there will be too much "friendship" and not enough quality teaching. So.... the lesson here is: Yes, email the principal and the AP OR take your resume/cover letter in person to the school you are interested in. But if you decide to take the bull by the horns before you even have the interview and act in the above manner... it might have the opposite effect of what you initially wanted to happen. Oh and if you are Jenny Teachsmart's friend... please stop calling. You will not be getting an interview. I believe in being forward or bold... but not overstepping boundaries. What are your thoughts???