If you're afraid you won't find work then perhaps you should consider relocating to Northeastern Illinois. There's tons of vacancies here, especially in the Lake County region. Here's some links if you're interested (links take you to current vacancy lists or searchable databases): Chicago Public Schools (CPS) - http://www.cps-humanresources.org/Careers/career_index.asp?bhcp=1 Cook County - http://www.cook.k12.il.us/vac.asp Lake County - http://www.lake.k12.il.us/roe_sch_vac/index.htm McHenry County - http://www.mchenry.k12.il.us/employment_vacancies.html Kane County - http://www.teachinkane.org/vacancies.html DuPage County - http://www.dupage.k12.il.us/teachers/vacancies.html Will County - http://www.will.k12.il.us/vacancies.htm Northeastern Illinois is a fast-growning area and new schools are continually going up, especially in the county of Lake (the richest county in our nation). So if you really need a job, CONSIDER Illinois! Important links for those considering relocation to teach in Illinois: Becoming an Illinois-Certified Teacher Teacher Certification Out-of-state-application checklist Special Note to Out-of-State Candidates Hope this help someone out a bit! Heck, it may even help someone in Southern or Central Illinois even. Let me know if it does.