Hi. Here's my situation... I completed my training in 2009 and walked straight into a Humanities post for July that year. I ended up teaching all sorts and didn't like the school and so left after completing my NQT as I was told I wouldn't get to teach History (my subject) at GCSE for at least another year. I felt that as I was really unhappy there and not teaching a great deal of KS3 history (I spent 3 weeks teaching yr7 about blogging) it would be better if I moved on. The ead teacher took objection to this and wrote a very impersonal reference which meant I didn't secure a job for that September. I did supply work in various settings and then secured a 1 year maternity contract which ended last December. I am currently doing another maternity contract which finishes in July. I still don't have a post for September. I am applying for History, Humanities and SEN posts (I trained at an SEN school) but had no luck. I've had interviews but in SEN been beaten by older candidates and for main stream beaten by NQTs. Now I understand completely the reasons. I've had great feedback, but years more experience or the fact that I'm no longer cheap has stopped me. What can I do?!!! I'm still applying, my 'catchment' area is essentially the whole of Southern England/Wales, and everyone I know who has any experience in shortlisting/interviewing has checked every application I make. I've read everything on here and tweaking accordingly. Am I just that lucky?!!!