I need to figure out what I am doing wrong here or what I COULD be doing. I'm going to rant here a bit... bare with me... I have been job hunting for three years to get an English teaching job. I've subbed for 4 school districts one school year and temporarily taught at an alternative school for another whole year (they couldn't offer me a contract because of position cuts within the system and instead REPLACED me "by law"). I recently worked for a national summer program that did college preparatory work with students, from all around the United States, interested in legal careers. I look at my resume and think, "Wow, I got a good chunk of experience that someone will want to hire me!" I thought this year I would have enough experience to take on a full-time teaching job since I walked out with a LOT of references. I had no beef from the people I previously worked with and everyone loved me. I was "hired" by the assistant principal from my former high school back in May. However, HR turned around and said I couldn't be hired because they were STILL placing teachers who had their jobs cut within the county. The assistant principal apologized profusely and PROMISED when another position opens, I have it. Another position finally opens a few weeks ago and when I contacted the person who made the promise to me, I found out that the assistant principal got promoted and couldn't hire me. My name got passed on to the person who does the hiring, but no call backs saying they were interested. I tried contacting the other person who does hire, but NONE of my calls, e-mails, personal visits were answered back! I have been trying for a couple of weeks, but learned that I am dodged and swept under the rug by the other person... so NO JOB. Well... it's August now and that usually means it's harder to get a teaching job unless a teacher calls out at the last minute (doesn't always happen). I have gained a few other interviews here and there since I pushed for them. I have made follow-up calls, made personal appearances at schools by dropping off resumes and asking to meet principals, and strongly emphasized my background experience as to why I would be an excellent candidate. I even went to a job temp agency and did a mock interview to make sure that I was hitting all the right points to persuade someone to hire me, and was told that I was fantastic! The person who did the mock interview used to hire teachers for a school system and said she didn't see any flaws while I was being interviewed. That's good enough, right? Unfortunately, I'm not getting anywhere with this. I'm still NOT hired and it's almost too late to hire any teachers at this point. The excuse I hear from follow-ups is that someone with more experience gets the position! Every time I hear that, I'm thinking, "My alternative school experience of being able to handle rough challenges and manage a classroom on the spot isn't enough?!" I've dealt with a number of issues from those students that would make a lot of teachers leave the school. Heck, even the veteran teachers are trying to get out since it gets a little chaotic there at times. I've stayed with those students every day without taking one leave day (and that's says a lot about how brave I am), yet I'm told that I don't have "enough experience" when they are interviewing the external candidates and are no longer taking teacher transfers?! My recent interview was yesterday... the other candidate before me was scheduled an interview a half an hour before mine... and she was in with the principals for an HOUR, overlapping my scheduled interview, while I was given only 20 minutes. I walked in feeling discouraged like I didn't have a shot at all even though I tried not to think negatively. My nervousness hit so high when I sensed someone else got the job based on the length of their interview. My other interview before that, the other candidate before me was being shown around the school building before I was asked to come back to the office and interview (the offer was closed)! I drove to those schools for an interview when they were an hour and a half drive for me. I am at the point that I feel incredibly discouraged and that no matter what I do, I will not have a teaching job. The state I reside in will not give me the time or day for an interview ... for whatever reason because that's Pennsylvania for you and their school systems are almost impossible to get into. Yet when I get Maryland interviews, a few principals admitted that they shied away from my application because I live out of state. It makes me feel, "Great, so is that the reason why principals have been dodging my application?!" It's not like I live that far and I can relocate once I am given a job!!!!! People do this when they get hired all the time!!! I've started stressing during interviews that I have places to live and can move immediately if they hire me. I am certified and went through 5 years of college at a Maryland institution. It's been three years now and I'm not seeing any results. It's getting harder to afford my bills and I have been applying to other school systems other than Pennsylvania and Maryland. This just keeps getting ludicrous! I'm almost thinking about going back to school for IT certifications for a job in the federal government, wait and apply for overseas teaching (which I don't want to after hearing horror stories of people being stuck in a foreign country and laid off without warning... IT HAPPENED TO MY EX), or enlist in the Air Force even though I am incredibly passionate for teaching. My alternative experience hasn't taken that away! I'm not sure what I am doing wrong. It's coming to a point in my life that getting a teaching job seems so far fetched and it's so hard not to get upset about my situation. Any :help: or suggestions are welcomed. I'm out of options and ideas at this point.