I am 3 for 3 on interviewing/being offered a job. Part of that is the fact that my subject area is not very saturated and many people don't major in it. (Family Consumer Science/Home Ec). However, here are a few things that have helped me, at least at the interview stage: 1. Tell the hiring committee flat-out that you want to teach at the school! Of course, if you are just applying to a "safety net", this will show. I will say that when I interviewed for my new position at my dream school, I told them that it was my dream school! It may seem bold, but I always end interviews by reminding them once again that I truly want to be there. 2. I also created a brochure with a picture of me, an "about me" section, testimonials from students, my mentor teacher, and my principal, a bulleted teaching philosophy, and a list of qualifications. I did this for the first time recently, and the interviewers were very impressed and reacted positively. 3. Definitely email principals if the application doesn't explicitly mention not to do so. 4. Send thank you notes as soon after the interview as possible. I know that some people say to wait, but I have had success by emailing each interviewer individually with a personalized thank you. I try to also mention/expand on a point each interviewer brought up. 5. Don't let the hiring process get you down. There are times when schools already know who they are going to hire before anyone even walks in.