Hi! I am new on the job-hunting front. I am located in the Chicago area, and have a B.A. in History as well as a M.A. in Teaching. I taught for 3 years abroad before coming back to the US. I am looking for HS teaching jobs (I am certified in Social Studies, ESL, and Italian) and not sure how to go about it There are lots of openings (I have already applied to around 10 districts) but I know competition is fierce... how do I make sure my application is looked at? I have heard there are usually hundreds who apply. I have heard varying opinions about whether sending a paper copy of the resume/cover letter directly to the principal/department head is a good idea or not. Some say to absolutely do it, others say it is a no-no. So I'm confused! IL uses primarily the online Applitrack system. Any advice about following up on the online APP? When do most people call for an interview (if they call)... should I expect to wait days... weeks... months? I appreciate any advice you have!