I was told again and again by other teachers as I went through school that there is a shortage of teachers - especially elementary. I was thinking in my head that I would be able to start the fall of the next school year after I graduate - I graduated end of December 2018. I have so far applied to 18 jobs that are within 30 - 45 min from my house. I applied to 2 positions in the district I completed my student teaching in, where my husband works and where ALL my certified recommendation letters are from. I received an interview for one position that I didn't get...the other was not only in the grade level but the school I did my student teaching in...I didn't even get an interview for that one. I felt super cheated...the school, grade level...and not even one chance. I have so far received 3 no-thanks emails without an interview. I interviewed for a position at the school I attended k-12 at and graduated from(3rd generation even), and they didn't offer me anything either. I still have 11 jobs I applied for that I'm waiting on...but 10 of those are from the same district I got a "no thanks" email from today so if they've already completed interviews I'm not sure I'm going to get even a chance there either. I just feel so demoralized. How am I supposed to get any experience if I can't even get hired? I've been told to not sub, that schools aren't really going to hire their subs as full-time over people that are from out of district because the one thing a school IS in need of is subs. Thankfully it's not a financial crisis, I have a good paying job - I'd actually be taking a paycut to be a teacher. But I want to be...I've worked so hard working full-time, having 2 kids at home and doing full-time school for the last several years to be told no again and again and not even be given a chance I'm just getting really down about it. I seriously don't believe this teacher shortage...70+ people are applying for one position. I have gotten my hopes up so much for every interview I DID get(I've had 3), so it hurts so bad to have your hopes crushed. I don't WANT to work in my current field for another year and the closer it gets to the fall the more and more hopeless I feel. Is there any hope or should I just prepare to not have a job? I was told by a co-worker who has a niece who just graduated, interviewed in a district I just applied for(her dad was the super though for several years in that district)...first interview and she was offered the job. Even though I'm happy for her to not have to go through the stress of not knowing for half the summer if you'll have a job...I'm jealous too. First job she applied for, first interview, and she got the job...so I guess there is some hope but I've received 2 no's today in an email so maybe that's why I'm sad.