I rarely post, as I have spent the past year (after qualifying) working as a supply teacher and applying, applying, applying... After over 60 job applications and about 7 interviews (I'll be honest: I've lost count), I finally secured a position this evening (for a year at least). Hurrah! I just wanted to share what I feel I have learnt over this past year.... The advice you can get here on this website is invaluable, but I also want to point out that it's *you* that gets the job, ultimately. While I have had excellent feedback, it has taken practice and confidence to finally get a job, because I was ready to stick my neck out and take a few risks (both with my demonstration lesson and in my interview). Ask for advice and help, but it is *you* who will get the job, not the TES forum. Connections do also help. While I have been asked to apply on several occasions (and frequently not made shortlisting....or not got the job) building a good reputation in your local area counts: I am 100% certain that the head of my future school has had a few conversations with other heads I have worked for. So if you are facing supply work this September, do not dispair! This could be a wonderful opportunity to get your name in all the right books and your face recognised for all the right reasons! Finally: please do not give up. To say that I was dispairing would be putting it mildly: one way or another I have *always* worked as a teacher and to find myself without regular employment after qualifying was soul destroying. But I knew that I had to keep on going. It's a desperate market out there right now and selling yourself is a tiring experience. But please, do not give up. Everyone has something special to give to others.