Following on from the thread wwhere people have been saying how many application/interviews before they got their job. I am not happy at my current school but it gives me an opportunity to see my NQT year out. I have been applying for other posts and talking to a few people at schools I used to work at or who I know that work for the LA and although there are a lot more vacancies this year all the people I have spoken to seem to be coming up with reasons why I shouldn't work at any if them - it seems they all have some sort of problem, although some of the advice I have been given that those people think are problems are things I could see as an advantage (e.g. a new dynamic head who is making changes at a school that has been stuck in a rut too long). But also, I do not want to step out of the frying pan and into the fire, especially if I am lucky enough to secure a permanent post. It left me pondering, have the days of being able to 'pick' your school gone now as there is such fierce competition for jobs? I also recognise that I am quite fortunate as I have been offered an extension to my contract where I am for next year but do not have to decide whether or not to talk it until May half term. I have an interview on 10th May and it is not my 'preferred' school so if offered a job there do you take it? Or can you wait and see if you get other interviews? My prefeered schools are interviewing later in the term but there I might not even get interviewed there. Also the school I started at this year (maternity cover) also has a vacancy but they aren't interviewing until towards the end of term... I hate the uncertainty of it all and the gamble on do you/don't you take a job in case something better comes or along or in case you don't get an interview for anything else. Have others had the same concerns?