I graduated from college last May. I went to a good, respected teaching college in my state, did very well (graduated cum laude with a 3.69 cumulative GPA), and while I wouldn't call my student teaching an extraordinary performance, I still did well and I left on good terms with my CT (half a year after I finished ST with her, she gave a district a good reference check for a sub position when they called her about me). I probably applied to about 30-40 different districts last year, but only got 2 interviews. One district I thought I did very well (actually, I know I did...the principal had a rubric in front of her that she was using to rate me and I could see that I got top marks on almost everything), but I never heard from them again after (no response even when I called and e-mailed in an attempt follow up). Another district, I made it to the last round of interviews, but they went with someone else. I started subbing for my local high school (which I also graduated from) and after only 6 months of being there, I've become fairly well-liked. One English teacher (English is my content area as well) even took the time to write to me, the principal's secretary, and the principal about how well I did when she had to take an absence for a few days to take care of her mother (and she also requested me to be her sub whenever possible) and the principal's secretary has told me multiple times how lucky they are to have me there. And then, I also just started subbing for another local school district this month. Only thing is, it doesn't look like either of these districts will be hiring an English/ELA teacher any time soon and that's what I'm certified for (and both districts know I'm certified and would take an actual teaching position with them in a heartbeat). Truth be told I actually don't mind subbing. The districts I sub at are nice and give us really good support and while I'm not a fan of the inconsistency, it's giving me a lot of good and interesting experiences (and I've learned to think faster on my feet than I ever thought possible...because when you have 26 fourteen-year-olds who can't work on the research project the teacher left them because the school's entire internet system is down, you better find something relevant to do otherwise it'll be mutiny). Still, it's not like having your own classroom and even working almost every day, it's not enough money to be able to support myself and I don't want to leech off my parents for forever. English wasn't the best, most in-demand content area to go into (my mother begged me to go for math or science, but I hate math and science and I honestly don't believe you can teach a content area that you absolutely loathe...you can teach a book you hate if you had to, a unit you hate if you had to, etc....but teaching an entire content area you hate for years until you retire? Yikes!) and the area I live in isn't the greatest the teaching jobs right now (I live in the most Northeastern part of Illinois), c'mon! Last year, I didn't cast a very wide net when seeking jobs. I think the farthest I applied from my hometown was maybe about 2 hours west. This year, I am definitely willing to relocate as long as it's an area that I can actually afford to support myself on a beginning teacher's salary (I am single and any family/support I have is where I already live). I plan on applying all over my state and maybe even trying some out-of-state. Although, I've been told that unless you have that state's certification, you shouldn't even bother applying (i.e. if you want to apply to districts in Iowa, you should have the Iowa certification already instead of only having what state you're already living in). Except, I really don't want to transfer my license until I have a job offer, otherwise that can become very, very costly and time-consuming (and I've heard that school districts can also help you with this process). And, if I'm being honest, looking at all the different out-of-state certification processes is just giving me a headache and making me even more nervous (and even a little nauseous). I know that many people spend some time subbing before they get that first teaching job, and I know it's way too early to throw in the towel. I'm still young (22), somewhat fresh out of college, but it's so discouraging when you barely get any interviews and when you meet other people who have been looking for teaching jobs much longer than you have (I've met people who haven't been able to find one in 6+ years after graduating college). I'm willing to sub for maybe another year or two if need be, but I'm already considering what other professions I can return to school for in a reasonable amount of time because I'm always being told either, "Hang in there! It's hard for everybody!" or, "Get out now! There's no jobs, especially in English!" Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice to landing that first teaching job. Are there maybe certain states/areas that are in need of teachers and would hire out of state? How did you manage to land that first teaching job?