I've posted my story here, and needless to say, I'm getting more frustrated with myself every day that the call doesn't come to interview for a real, full-time position. I know I had a shot at an opening when I student taught, but the district went outside for someone with experience (which means I wasn't good enough then either). I've done LTS, tutoring, and volunteer coaching...but none of it seems to mean anything except waiting for a real teacher to need a day off. I finished my first year subbing this year, and I love the kids but hate myself for it. I've been asked by parents (mostly of kids I coach) if I'm coming back as a sub next year because their kid liked playing for me/having me in their classroom. I have over 20 letters of recommendation from teachers and administrators I've worked for because I go in with the attitude that I have to be perfect every day and do everything I can to make it a reality. That said, how do you guys in the sub game keep your heads up about it? Is this "experience" worth anything in a hiring situation? I know the market is tight, but that's not an excuse unless one makes it an excuse. I had an administrator (my former football coach in HS) tell me that he did go to bat for me but the school had to hire an internal candidate in his situation. He's one of the most honest people I've dealt with, so I don't think he's lying on this one. I want to make a real impact on education and the kids I deal with, but I don't see that happening when I'm in one school one day and a completely different setting the next day. Good luck to everyone still looking, and for those who have found a job, continued success in your field.