Hi all, New member here. I found this forum late a few nights ago when I was trying to find anyone to talk to about my experience who might understand. I'll try to make this quick... I graduated in 2013. I did my full fifteen-week student placement at a nearby HS. Both my mentor teacher and the only other HS English teacher planned to retire in a year. After graduation, I stayed involved with the HS by immediately agreeing to proctor the AP tests as a substitute. I applied at fifteen or so other schools within 30 to 45 miles from where I live. I received one interview and didn't get the job. I wasn't upset because I knew two English positions were opening up at the HS I did my student teaching placement at. I started substituting at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. I received A LOT of encouragement from the staff. A teacher e-mailed me the minute the positions were posted internally. I sent in my applications as soon as the jobs posted online. I called the superintendent's office about a week later to make sure my application packets had been received, and I made sure to catch the principal during lunch duty one day, shake his hand, and say I had submitted my applications. That's it. I thought I had it made. Whenever I subbed, staff members would visit me and ask whether I had put my applications in. I would answer that I had and was crossing my fingers I would get a job. The staff would tell me things like: I heard fifteen people applied. I heard so-and-so is on the hiring committee. I heard interviews are starting soon. It all sounded fine to me. I had gained all my experience at this HS and all of my references were teachers there. The students started asking if I was going to be their teacher next year. I would say: "I've put in my applications. I don't know. I'm waiting on an interview. I hope so." Last week on Wednesday, I was substituting there when they interviewed candidates for the English positions. I had three staff members come by and ask when I was scheduled to interview. I wasn't. I had never received a call. I knew by the look on their faces... Taking initiative, I called the principal the next morning (Thursday) to say I had heard interviews were taking place and I was wondering if I was scheduled to interview. He didn't return my call. My mentor teacher wrote me that day. She had just learned I wasn't getting an interview. She was floored. I still didn't believe it. I had done my field experience observations there, my student teaching there, and had substitute taught there for a year. I didn't even get an interview. Why? I received an official e-mail from the superintendent's office on Friday informing me I wasn't selected as a candidate. I was devastated. I cried for a long time. I felt completely used. I wrote a polite e-mail to the principal saying it was a pleasure to work there and could he offer me any advice regarding why I was not selected and how I might improve upon my resume and cover letter for the future. No reply. I can't go back to substituting there. I know the professional thing to do would be to shrug it off and keep working, but I know staff members will come by and tell me how sorry they are for me, how they don't understand, etc. What do you think happened? Has this, or something like it, happened to you?