Anyone have any ideas on how to even just get an interview? I have been applying like crazy but can't even seem to land an interview. I have had my resume and letter of application reviewed by lots of people including job seeking firms and our employment center on campus and they all say it looks great. However, I can't even land an interview. I have heard things like, "hand deliver the application and ask to introduce yourself to the principle." However, every single school out here says to not do that on their website. They just want you to send in your application using their online form. I'm feeling very disheartened here. I know I'm highly qualified, I have great experience and skills and I can't even land an interview. Here are a couple of things I had questions about if anyone can help. First, I have 2 undergraduate degrees (B.A. and a B.S.) and some graduate school (6 credits). I have this all listed on my resume and I am wondering how this factors into things. To me it seems like this would be an asset however, I'm starting to wonder if schools are worried that I will cost them too much? I have heard a couple of people say that this would put me at a higher pay scale. To be honest, I don't care about pay and I just want to teach. Should I take my other degree and classes off my resume and just leave my El. Ed one on? Second, are there any things I can add to make myself more marketable. I am planning to go back to school in the fall to finish my Reading endorsement but I really can't afford to do this without getting a job first. I do have listed on my resume that I plan to complete this by the end of this calendar year though. Third, I have a general question. I haven't had to address this yet on any of the applications that I have filled out but would be good to get some input on. I had a job at a youth shelter that I was "let go" from. The official reason stated was that I wasn't a good fit for the position. Unofficially, I put my foot in my mouth. I took the job because it had higher pay but essentially in terms of responsibility it was a step down from my previous job as a counselor. I was only there a month and did not know the politics of the office yet and a situation occurred in which a particular member of the staff did not follow protocol correctly. I came from an environment where this was drilled and enforced so I corrected her mistake without even thinking about it and went about my business. This is how we handled it where I was before, kind of a "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine" environment. No biggie. Anyways, my boss saw that I had corrected a few of her logs and confronted me about it saying that I shouldn't do that. I apologized. It was common practice to come in and read the previous day's logs so that we were up to date with all of the kids in the shelter so I just told my boss that I had noticed that she hadn't been adding certain services for the last few weeks so I was just trying to help. Two things happened, a) I didn't realize that this staff was "teacher's pet" and that I had just crossed my boss's favorite employee. b) This place recently was found to be involved in a statewide social security scam and they were purposely not charging for some things and charging for others and I was screwing that up for them. Question is, how the heck do I answer the question if I was ever fired and why if it comes up? I don't want to come off as a complicated 'investment' but at the same time, I was not fired because I didn't fulfill my job expectations either. In hindsight I'm glad that I got out of there because they are now under investigation but I'm not sure how to answer this question if and when it arises? Any help with ANY of my questions would be most appreciated. I'm starting to get an ulcer about this job searching thing. I know if I could just land an interview I'd show really well. I just don't know how to get the interview. It seems like all the schools around here are only hiring internally or friends and family of teachers already there. I have heard this is political but aren't we trying to get the best teachers out there? Not saying I'm the best but I would like a shot at it at least! Please help!