There have been so many times when I was upset after yet another 'rejection' and thought I would never be able to write this post again... but here I am, having just accepted a job offer! It's a lovely school with wonderful staff and children, quite a long way to drive (one hour), but worth it I think! Everything at the interview went well for me - and I do think there is always an element of luck as well. Feedback was mainly I did a great lesson with high expectations, and they thought I would 'fit in' really well. And to think I drove home yesterday after the interview worrying that I had forgotten to mention targets . I still cannot quite believe it. It's 'only' a maternity leave cover till Christmas, but it's just what I needed. I have been fighting against the odds to get another job, as I have one somewhat unfavourable reference (really don't want to even think about that experience and school again). But they wanted me to join their team and rang my supply agency for a more recent, and very positive reference. (Feel like sending them a bottle of champagne as a thank you - would they be surprised?) So, probably will be searching for the next job again at the end of this year, but really looking forward to being a teacher again from April, instead of the endless round of job applications, school visits, rejection letters, and interviews. To all of you who are still looking: keep on looking! I know there are times when you think it won't happen any more, I thought that too, but then it did! Lots of good luck to all of you, and thank you so much everybody for all the advice and support I've had on this (and other) forums - it really helped to keep me going.