Just curious....Do you have one? The portfolio: I thought it was the BIGGEST waste of time in my program that they MADE us make one, but I will tell you, it got me my first job (and the one have now too) BIG TIP* What sets you apart from the masses? If they interview 10 people, how will they remember you? After I was 'laid off' (forced to resign) last year, I made a PowerPoint presentation about myself and my teaching theory, practice, website, examples of schedules, homework. I showed this at the first interview I had, and got the job!!!!! Find something to stand out! Good luck- I know its really ugly out there, but if you stick with it, you're sure to succeed!!!