Hi: After a frustrating three year search in a very competitive job market, I applied and was offered a long term sub position in a very good school district. Honestly, even though I have excellent references and did several long term sub positions, the job market here is so tight that I was thinking I would have to move or find another career. I need a full time job, however, I decided to apply for this high school position even though it was for a long term sub. Here's what they told me and any insight would be very helpful. They called me in for an interview and started out by saying that the position has become permanent and full time because the person who had the job (maternity leave) unexpectedly resigned. The position was for one semester after which the job would be posted sometime in November. I asked if I got the job if I could post internally and the super told me that if I was still interested just to drop him an e-mail. No need to go for another formal interview. After it was all said and done, they called me later that day and offered me the job. I go for new teacher orientation next month and will be signing a contract soon. However, I am puzzled and nervous. If the teacher unexpectedly resigned, why not offer me the full time position right off the bat ? Why must it be re-posted in the fall? Am I just doing this job until the person they are waiting to hire will be available in January? I would love to work in this district but am afraid of getting my hopes up (again.) Any insight would be much appreciated.