I'm in a situation with a bunch of extenuating circumstances and otherwise bizarre experiences. I'm not entirely sure how to evaluate the situation. I'm trying to figure out why I haven't been able to get a job. I've been trying for three years and I don't know if it's the market or me. To begin with, here's the basics: I hold a K-12 music endorsement, my resume is fairly impressive, and I graduated with honors. I also have multiple disabilities. I know that my resume/cover letter isn't the problem; I have no problem getting interviews. I know I'm not saying anything wrong during interviews either. It's either the market, or it's me. If it is me, it's one of two different things. I'm partially blind in addition to having a slew of musculoskeletal problems. I'm handicapable though, and the only thing I flat-out can't do is drive. I dress so that my musculoskeletal issues don't show and I don't need any physical aids or anything that would clearly show that I have disabilities. That said, my vision does affect my ability to make proper eye contact with people, which is noticeable during interviews. Studies have shown that people with my vision issue are perceived as less intelligent and less trustworthy. Even if they're not actively aware of it, I've gotten the vibe that trying to maintain eye contact with me makes the people interviewing me uncomfortable. I'm concerned that that's been affecting the process. I had one principal who fixated on my eyes to the point where I know that's why I never heard back, but I can't prove anything, so . . . The other possibility is that it's me in a different way. I'm what I call ultra-petite and baby-faced. I'm the height of the average 13-year-old and the weight of the average 12-year-old. I have a woman's body, but to a child's scale. Strangers tend to guess that I'm between 12-15. (I polled pizza guys and retail workers.) Even though I'm dressed in a suit, the office ladies tend to do a double-take when I tell them I'm there for an interview. My first year of applying, I only applied to middle school and high school jobs because that's my target age group. After that, I applied for anything because I figured principals may not want a teacher who can blend in with the students. This past year, I interviewed for only elementary positions, and that didn't end with a job either. I've been able to stay in the ed. field in the meantime, first in ELL/ESL evaluations and now as a one-on-one aide and academic coach for a college student with special needs. My student will graduate in May and I will be left without a job. I'm considering picking up a core-subject endorsement to widen the field. I'm pretty close to two, so I could finish one in the next semester. I'm a bit of a polymath, so I don't mind teaching something other than music. I don't want to invest in extra courses if they won't help me get a job though. Should I pick up the extra endorsement or do I need a new career field?