I am currently in my 5th year teaching in North Carolina. I applied out of state after looking unsuccessfully for two years in Michigan. I desperately want to relocate back to Michigan this summer (family issues). My principal is completely understanding and aware that I will be looking. Now, my question is, how has the hiring process changed in the last 5 years? Down here, it is very loose. You send your resume directly to the principal of the school with the opening, and they don't even have an actual application (crazy, I know!) The majority of the districts in my home area of Michigan have an online consortium, and you apply through that. Is it acceptable to also mail (or e-mail) resumes out to administration? If so, who? Principals or someone higher up? Is is a positive thing to send them out, or do they view it as a nuisance? I did interview at the district I graduated from and subbed for 6 years ago. I landed that through my college's job fair. I can't attend the job fair because it conflicts with a big event at my school the same day (my current boss is very supportive and would let me have the time off if it fell on a different week). All six of the elementary principals interviewed me in a panel. It is quite formal. I assume the other area districts all have similar policies, but I really don't know. I am pretty limited in where I can apply. I need it to be within driving distance (an hour) of my mom's house. I own my own home down here in North Carolina, and I do not think it will be very easy for me to sell it right now. So, I will have to live with my parents because I will still be paying a mortgage down here. Also, does anyone know of any other job markets I could get into with my elementary education degree? My education major is math. I'm not sure if that would help me or not. I am more focused on getting back 'home' and at this point I am open to any job that will keep me in my current salary range.