Everything is relative. Those of us who have jobs might seem to be in cushy positions....but regardless of our pay check or SES status of our districts, we have worked hard to earn our positions. We got good educations and experience, built our resumes through varied ways, made connections...and continue to do those things. And yes, we face bumps in the road in the form of administrators, parents, politics, work conditions...no one is saying any of this is easy....or 'cushy'. I've mentored student teachers, served on our hiring committee, and coached new teachers. I've seen and been a part of 'the process' and while I may work in a great place, I've seen decisions I scratch my head over and having taught in inner city, Title 1, yeah, I kind of know how hard, very hard it can be in some educational settings. But I also know what I bring to the table... it wasn't luck or nepotism or a rigged, corrupt system that got me my position. It was creating a competitive package through the qualities listed in the above, a LOT of work and passion, poise and professionalism. I empathize with those struggling in this tough educational climate-please consider though, that despite what seems like insurmountable conditions, there ARE teachers out there being hired because of what qualities they possess and not because of corruption. Rise above those situations if you run into them and reflect on how you can present a more competitive profile to those who are looking for the best fit for their open positions. Mindset matters. Good luck to you.