Hi, I am new to the forum and this is my first post. I have had a heartbreaking day. I want to ask you to please read the whole lengthy (sorry) post before commenting, and I know many of you will say it is my fault for being too trusting and with no contract yet, I should have known, but if that is all you want to say, then please DON'T. This was supposed to be my fourth year teaching. I was offered my dream position at my dream school in the beginning of June and was recommended to HR in mid June (which I was told this was just a formality and the job was mine), hand delivered my documents in within a couple of days and thought I was set. So I had to give my notice where I taught last year and broke my contract to take this job. My principal has been emailing me frequently with all kinds of information pertaining to the school and my job and set up. My principal told me that HR is slow and not to worry...so I didn't. My district has been going though A LOT of changes, as are many others and like everyone else, it has affected everything in the district and has caused some chaos, slowing down the already slow process. Preplanning begins next week, on Monday, August 1. I began to worry this past Monday, I have yet to receive my contract. So I have been keeping in touch with the admin on a daily basis this week and was told things were fine, just waiting on HR. I have met all of the other teachers and my name is on the door and lists, they have ordered some new things for my classroom and everything. Then today, the Friday before preplanning begins, the principal tells me that I do not have a job, people who were recommended to HR after a certain date will not be receiving a contract and they were made aware of this last night. They really like me and want me to stay, but HR won't allow it. Now my classroom will be empty this year, cap is raised across the board at all schools in the district and they are cramming children into classrooms and leaving MANY classrooms empty in already overcrowded schools. It is terrible what they are doing to the children. It makes me sick. I know the admin of the school feels terrible and did all that they could, they are in no way at fault in my opinion. I know they are just as stressed as I am. They said if enrollment goes way up they might be able to hire me in October, but I don't know how likely it is. During this whole, almost 2 months, period I was never able to get in contact with my HR Rep, through email, phone or by stopping by HR. Now I have quit a job, turned down interviews, and another offer for this job, and now no new jobs are posted, and they are not hiring subs. I am devastated, how could it be ok to do this to hundreds of people? Dragging me on for almost 2 months? So I am back to where I was a couple of months ago, starting over, with hope of hearing from this dream school again in October. Things may change, as the principal said, once school starts, but right now nobody knows, it's day to day. What do I put on my resume now?? I have to have a job, we cannot survive without my income. I have quit a job, and I guess...now I'm unemployed. Will people viewing my resume and cover letter understand why I currently have no job if I leave out that I was offered a position and it was cut last minute and that is why I am without a job? Or should I some how include that on my cover letter? Will it look bad if I don't put anything and leave it? What should I do?