I'm moving from North Carolina to the west coast this summer. I have *GOT* to get out of NC and am moving no matter what. I have experience bartending and nanny agencies and catering etc so I know i'll be fine to pay my bills, on top of substitute teaching in whatever district but obviously a contracted position would be way less anxiety. I have (finally!) been given several Skype interviews and anticipate a job offer at the end of the business day to be honest. Now...this isn't exactly my dream job. I know it's not the ~morally right~ thing to do, but just how bad is it to take a position and then back out later if I were to be offered a "better" position? I know it puts the principal in a tough spot but to be honest, jobs in the state of Oregon are extremely competitive and I'm certain there would be another qualified candidate lined up to take my place immediately. My current contract states I can leave with 30 days notice and I imagine most teaching contracts to have a similar clause? If I were to accept this position tonight, but then keep applying to other schools and be offered a better one in a few weeks, if I gave my 30 days (or however many) notice, am I going to be ~black listed~ in some way? I know the admin would probably be pissed but here in NC there's nothing they can really do about it, not sure about OR? Obviously I know the right thing to do is to just pass on the job if I don't want it that bad but I don't have a safety net here. No family, not a whole lot of savings after moving cross country, apartment deposits etc. Doing this through sheer determination basically. I would be kicking myself so hard if I move in July with no position lined up and I turned one down, even if it wasn't ideal. I am inclined to take the position because, well, beggers can't be choosers. But the whole point of me moving out of state is in search of a less exhausting position in a better school....but obviously if it's my only option to get my foot in the door and get some Oregon state experience. The position isn't bad, just not my first choice of a grade level and the school isn't awful or anything. I'm sure it would be fine. I would love my kiddos and work hard even if it's not the school culture I was seeking or the type of town I really ultimately want to plant some roots in. Ughhhh I don't know. Obviously I'm not asking if it's the right thing to do, because I know it's not. I guess I'm asking what kind of ramifications this could have on my future career? I know teachers leave jobs all the time, in the middle of the year and other undesirable times. This in the grand scheme of things would be me backing out of a contract before the year has even started. Thoughts, opinions?