So, before you read this, understand one thing. NJ is cutthroat and the weak get eaten alive. This is the most corrupt, nepotistic state in the union. That being said...how did I just land a full-time teaching job teaching Social Studies in a great district in Northern NJ (just signed the contract)? I Lied! Haha, no, no its not what you're thinking. There are certain things you can't lie about. Your transcripts, GPA, major, certifications, background check, Praxis, etc... All of those things are readily checked upon and you will be caught. Don't do that. However, I had decided that most people I graduated my certification program with were all pretty well qualified to teach. There was barely anything separating the top half of the class from each other. It made me realize that being part of the pack, even if its a pack full of amazing teachers, is not good enough. So, I made myself stand out in documentation. Example #1: I have tutored children for the past few years to make ends meet while attending school. I had this listed on my resume under a sub-heading "Activities". I switched this to part of my experience and put it at the top of the list. I stated I started my own tutoring company. Did I? Well, no, not exactly. I had friends that also tutored and we'd give each other referrals. However, there is no way for anyone to "check" whether we filed paperwork to become incorporated, nor would we have to if we were defined by the IRS as a "cash business". Second, there were no questions as to how successful the business was (It earned me enough to not move home to mama) or how many people were employed there (just me!) The interviewers loved the initiative. Example #2: My previous job in the private sector was for a law firm. My role was very technological. However, I constantly had to teach lawyers how to use programs we created. So...I switched my premier job responsibility to "educating lawyers". Was that all I did at my job? No. Did I even do it everyday? No! However, it caught the interviewers eye and it impressed them. If you can teach lawyers, you can teach absolutely anyone. We had a good laugh about it. Example #3 (and this one takes real skill on your feet, do not attempt unless you think you can pull it off): Upon the ending of the interview, they asked the standard, "Do you have any questions of us?" I figured this thing went so well, I might as well try it, it couldn't hurt. So I asked, "When do you think you'll have a decision by?" I barely listened to their answer because I was building up the courage to say what I did next: "OK, great! That works for me, because actually I have to let another district that offered me a position know the day after that. Its a great school, but I gotta tell you I think I like this place a little better. I'd hate to accept their position and then turn them down if you offered me one." Did I have another offer? Not at all. I went on an interview a few days before and just pretended to myself they offered me a position. Why do this at all? Well, simple psychology: People always want what they cannot have. A man with a girlfriend is always more attractive to the opposite sex than a man without one. The rich get richer, etc...The more in demand people think you are, the more that they want you, just like the the latest fad or "must-have" item. So you see, yes...I lied. However, in this dog eat dog world, you sometimes have to stretch the truth out a little bit to get your foot in the door. The job search is war, and all is fair. Most importantly, I did not once embellish anything having to do with my skills or how I teach, so there's no fear that I may be "found out"...the only thing they'll find is a teacher who really wanted to teach. I was offered the position two days later, and accepted. Good luck to all, and remember: You're all d*** fine teachers. But when there is an oversupply of d*** fine teachers, you need to be better than that.