I had to leave my position mid-year last year because I was not a good fit for the position. Long story short, I was hired for a position that I was not qualified for and I didn't realize it until after I met my students. My principal gave me the option to resign for personal reasons so that I could get hired at a different district this year. When I turned in my resignation paperwork, I asked my principal if I could use her as a reference, and she said yes. So far this summer, I've had 8 interviews. Three of them showed real promise, one of them felt like it was "The One". One of the principals I met with said that out of 88 applicants, I was the only one she just had to meet. She said she loved my website, and that I was exactly who she wanted on her staff. She said that she'd offer me the position right then, but that she had to call references per district policy. I gave her my reference card. The next day, she called to say she had contacted all of my references except for my former principal. I gave her the former P's cell phone number. A few hours later, I got an e-mail saying the position had been offered to another candidate. I was heartbroken. I had an interview the next day where the principal also seemed really excited about me and told me to expect a call from him once he got the go ahead from personnel. I waited a week and nothing. I finally broke down and applied with a recruiter. He said my resume was perfect, that there didn't need to be any changes. When I told him about my experience and interviews, he said I should have been given an offer by now. It's rare to have so many interviews without an offer. So here's my question, could my former P be giving a bad reference? Is it still possible to get a job at this point? Is my career over before it ever really started? Help!