I have been seriously applying for jobs for about 3-4 weeks, mainly for positions in large districts/schools in a large urban/metro area. I have applied to 30+ districts/schools (I've applied to some individual charter schools and a few charter school networks) with active job postings in my certification area and probably 50+ individual positions. So far the only things I have heard back are: - 1 rejection - 1 acknowledgment that my resume had been received I've used Applitrack for the majority of my applications, though some charter school systems have their own forms, and CPS (Chicago) definitely has their own thing going on. (Incidentally, CPS also seems to have put their hiring process on hold until June 25th and has removed all job postings from their system.) I know it's early yet, and I also know that none of my colleagues applying for jobs in the area have heard anything back, either (except for a few people who started applying in April and have heard back from a couple charters), but the anticipation is killing me, and I'm hoping to figure out some ways to encourage responses. So, I have a few questions: - I have three references (whose contact information I can provide on applications) and two reference letters. However, the reference letters were not originally intended to be letters of recommendation: they were performance reviews written by my cooperating teacher and field instructor. However, they're over-the-top positive and positively gushing with praise, and aside from their titles, they read exactly like a letter of recommendation would. I should also note that I am not using the principal of the school I student taught at as a reference, as he did not like my CT for some reason and, as a result, tried to get at him through me (though I never directly involved myself in their "feud" and, in fact, deliberately avoided it). Is anything in this scenario potentially hurting me? Should I solicit someone for another recommendation letter? Is it hurting me that I don't feel comfortable using my principal as a reference, since I fear that he might throw me under the bus? - Applitrack applications go to entire districts, so I've been addressing my cover letters to the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources most of the time, and to the district's Superintendent of schools if there's not anyone in particular in charge of human resources that I can find. Sometimes I'm applying to multiple positions at different schools in the district, so I've generally avoided addressing my letters of introduction to principals. Is this what I should be doing? I really have no idea. - I saw this mentioned in another thread regarding Applitrack and "Highly Qualified": I'm a newly certified teacher, so obviously no school district has considered me "highly qualified". I've been checking "no" on the question that asks whether a school district has ever considered you highly qualified...is this automatically taking me out of contention for some positions? - Should I be independently contacting principals or someone within the district in some way? Should I be calling them (if the posting doesn't specifically prohibit outside calls)? Sending them emails? I don't want to come across as annoying, but I am wondering if there's something extra that I can do to indicate my interest in a particular position. Sorry this is so long-winded (and hopefully this all hasn't been addressed in another thread - I looked but didn't find anything). I'm just really excited about the prospect of securing my first teaching job and I want to make sure that I'm going about the application process in the best way possible. Thanks!