This is my 3rd spring/summer applying for jobs and this is honestly the worst job market I have experienced. I've only sent out about 25 resumes and only 2 of them have been to actual posted positions. The others have just been general letters of interest to the district or principals. Teachers are getting laid off, schools are closing, it's insane. In my town alone (a relatively small town) 80 teachers were just let go and they're closing 2 of the 5 elementary schools. Anyway, I'm pretty excited because there is finally a position posted for a school in my area. It's a 3rd-4th grade looping position one town over from me. I actually interviewed with them last year and was granted a second interview, but didn't get the job. I was REALLY happy to see the same position posted again (same school) because I feel like I've got a pretty good shot of at least getting an interview. I don't want to get my hopes up because I'm pretty much a veteran at this whole job search thing but I can't help being excited. Also, the really great part about it is that I just sent a letter and resume to the principal of the school last week (before the position was posted) letting him know how interested I am in a position at his school. Hopefully that will help!