Dear Theo I am a secondary NQT and starting to despair of ever getting a job. I have had one two-term maternity contract since qualifying, where I completed a term of my NQT year, but nothing since July. I am now getting interviews, thanks to your advice on including an executive summary, but am always rejected due to "lack of experience". This happens even when all the interview candidates are NQTs, and on two occasions the school has not appointed anyone. I am feeling very disheartened, obviously the schools know I am an NQT when they call me for interview, if they are looking for someone more experienced than an NQT, surely there is no point inviting me to attend? I have a strong academic background (good degree and masters in music) and good reports from my PGCE and the first term of my NQT year. Prior to qualifying, I worked as a peripatetic music teacher, teaching one to one and small groups (which I continue to do part-time), as well as whole class KS2; more recently, I have been teaching GCSE Music in a local school with no Music Department. Before that, I was a chartered librarian for several years, working in higher and further education libraries, and finally in a secondary school, which was where I got the teaching "bug". I love teaching and feel I have a lot to offer, but can't get that initial opportunity to show what I can do. I thought I had found my vocation, but am now wondering if I will ever teach in a classroom again. I have 30+ years of my career ahead of me, but can't even get started. I have been unable to get any supply since September, apart from 2 half day job trials, despite being registered with 5 agencies. I really miss being in the classroom and am worried that the longer I am out of teaching, the harder it will be to get a post. As I continue to teach part time for a music service on teacher's pay, I am being put up the scale every year, which will presumably make me more and more expensive but still an NQT (I would be happy to start at the bottom of the scale in a classroom post). What can I do to improve my chance of gaining a post? Would taking a cover supervisor post (should I be ale to get one) be seen as a backwards step by employers? Should I offer to work voluntarily to gain experience (I'm not sure if teaching unions would think this appropriate)? Any advice would be welcome!