This has been a rough summer for me, regarding job prospects. This past year I had a one-year leave replacement contract. So I was looking for a job for the upcoming year. I was not able to secure a job within my district, due to major internal shuffling as a result of a school closing. I understood, though I was still saddened. I have had only three interviews outside of my (now) former district. I did not get any of those jobs. I finally had the guts to ask an interviewer what I needed to improve on. 1.) I need to research the job more, so that I can speak specifically to the job (which I tried to do); 2.) I need to show my passion for teaching more; 3.) I need to embellish my answers more, giving more examples of what I have done or would do (again, thought I was) On top of that, I just found out that I did not meet the district criteria (for the district that I was just working for) because of the Gallup online survey. Sorry if this seems a bit.... "vent"-y. I am bummed. I was hoping to not have to go back to substitute teaching, because of the inconsistency of work, the lesser pay, and that lack of rapport with students (because I don't know them well enough or long enough). How can I do those things that the interviewer said I need to work on?