I'm a graduate student who did student teaching and earned their ELA credential this year in at a prestigious university in Los Angeles. I've been spending the last four months sending out resumes and going to interviews for LAUSD schools, both traditional and charter. It's only a couple of weeks before school starts, and there is a hiring freeze on ELA at the moment since there are more displaced teachers than vacancies. It's super demoralizing not to have a job, even after twenty interviews, after having my cover letter and resume looked over, and applying to pretty much every opening I can get my hands on. I'm doing all the things that I'm supposed to be doing in this situation, but no luck. LAUSD's HR department tells me that the hiring freeze won't be lifted until school starts when the currently contracted teachers who were laid off get placed. LAUSD has their norm day five weeks into the semester, and once they do that, they will have a better understanding of their hiring needs. I desperately want to get hired ASAP, but if not, I'll aim for mid-year. However, I'm not sure if this is a common thing to get hired in a district after school begins. Anyone have some advice for me?