The last two positions I applied for were filled internally (although they advertised them because they had to, I guess). I have a few other applications out there, but no calls. One of the district's positions is still internal, so there is hope there. Also, in this state, teachers have until July 30 to opt out of their contracts, so there is a chance something might happen in August. I did get my first job in August so I keep trying to remember that. I have great references, 8 years of exp., some unique work experience outside of education, etc., and my phone is not exactly ringing off the hook. It is pretty bad around here...there are basically no elem. positions right now, unless I wanted to commute to a very bad urban area, which I am not. But still, I've never in my life, EVER had trouble landing a job of any kind. It's pretty hard on my ego. I'm starting to wonder if being a SAHM for the past 8 years is a stigma of some sort. I have kept busy in my community, I volunteer, I sub, I am on all sorts of committees. And all of this is on my resume and in my cover letter. It's hard not to start feeling really bad about myself.