My job search didn't last very long, thank God! (Long post ahead--I've just got to send out the positive vibes.) My wife and I are getting our Master's degrees in English in May, so I decided to apply for jobs teaching high school. We live about 800 miles away from my neck of the woods, where I applied. Not long after I filled out an online app, the principal of a school close to my hometown called me up one Sunday to gauge my interest. I happened to mention I was married and that my wife was about to get her degree as well, and, lo and behold, he tells me that he has 2 jobs available! Not only that, but he says he can do a phone interview to expedite the process. After we got off the phone, the superintendent called me 20 minutes later and we had a very good conversation. The next weekend, he calls me back and makes sure we still want the jobs. I tell him we do, we talk about football for a while, and he tells me he'll recommend us to the board for approval. The next weekend, he calls me again and tells me the board approved us and we'll be getting our contracts that week. We got our contracts on time, and he called me again today to make sure we got them. We talked for about 45 minutes, with him telling me about the school, about housing nearby, about hunting and fishing. He complimented our test scores and GPA's and told me we could choose what grades we wanted to teach, and that our classrooms would be right across the hall from one another. How awesome is that? I'm just so excited right now that I can barely contain it. I never expected to have the exact jobs we wanted locked down so soon! This is living proof--online does work! I don't know a single soul in that school either. No insider connections. All I had to do was talk to him on the phone. I'm really excited to work there because any principal who will take time out to call me every step of the way is a guy I want to work for.