I live in North Texas. For the past three years I have worked in local government, but my dream has been to go back into teaching. Last year I sent out over 100 cover letters and resumes, snail mail. I got one interview, and that was in the district I taught in a few years ago. I have to admit that this year I have not worked as hard to look for a teaching position. I think part of my problem is that I do not have the motivation of not having a job at all. So maybe I haven't felt the sense of urgency some of you have felt. The other problem is the economy and the fact that districts around here are not hiring very many people, if they are hiring at all. (The district I used to teach in riffed about 300 people last year, so getting back in there doesn't seem feasible.) I am thankful to have a job, but my heart is in teaching and I am feeling very discouraged right now. This is my third year to look. With 100s of applicants for each job that does exist, I just don't know how I can stand out. I wonder if my job history is part of the problem. Walking in and personally dropping off resumes and cover letters is out because we are in an intense period at work. Plus, sad to say, the idea of doing that intimidates me. So...with two weeks left, what do you think my strategy should be?