HI, if you read my previous post, I stated that I had a conversation with my children's principal over the phone regarding a job. I asked his advice on the job search, cover letters, and what he thought about subbing. I specifically asked him about what some teachers have told me , and I am sure many of you have heard: Do not become a good sub because a district will not hire you. His response rather surprised me. He told me there can be some truth to that. He used the example of a sub he had. He said he could recite her number by heart and she worked in the district every day. She applied for a position after subbing for a few years at this school. He told me he had a hard time getting over the fact that she was the sub. He did eventually hire her though. I had planned on subbing again there next year, if I did not get a job. I am looking at subbing in a different way now. I know it is just one principal's view but thought you might be interested. He also told me he gets about 3 resumes a day whether they are hiring or not. He is shocked at the awful cover letters he gets. He said if any of them show "voice" he will look at the resume. He wants to see a "real person" in there. I know we all know that from learning from each other on this site and other ways. He also said he would hire a returning mother over a new college grad (sorry --but I was glad because I would be a returning a mother) He is a great principal but rather intimidating to me because his writing skills-newsletters are phenomenal. He really has a way with words. The next day I talked to him , I told him that I did not want him to get the impression that I was incompetent in writing my cover letter because of the advice I asked for, but any advice from the other side of the desk was helpful. He laughed and said not at all because even good writers have a difficult time writing a cover letter. I am not sure that he "loved" mine that I gave him last year but I know it had some "voice" as he likes to call it. I guess I have just come to the conclusion that some schools will hire from the sub pool and some can not get past the "sub" thing. The trick is figuring out which school is which.