Hi Theo I'm a Seconadry History/humanities NQT and have been looking for a job for about 1 1/2 years. I have done long term supply at schools and a maternity cover but I do not seem to be able to get interviews for more permanant jobs. I have had a lot of positive feedback from different schools that I have worked in; with teachers complimenting me on my teaching style, my innovative lessons and my relationships with the pupils. I have even had parents that have written me letters thanking me for helping to boost their kids achievement and love of my lessons. However, I know that I don't come accross as well on paper and I fear that this is preventing me from getting interviews where I can show off what I can do. My PGCE took extra time as I had 3 family deaths to contend with during the year and I have been told that this may affect my chances? I have started to send of an executive summary with my applications. Is there any other tips that you could suggest that may help me get to an interview? P.S. My name is well known in local schools but my area is known as "the place teachers go to die", it is very much a retirement area and as such very few places become available. Any help would be much appreciated!