I am about ready to throw in the towel, so any last ditch advice would be much appreciated. I did 2 short term posts in secondary (1 year each) and then taught in FE for 4 years until I was made redundant. I am currently doing supply in secondary. I have applied for countless jobs (probably in the region of 100) and been short listed 3 times for posts outside of my own subject area or age range. I talk about sixth form and UCAS experience where schools have a sixth form, I have done the co-ordination role for two subjects (no luck on HOD jobs either). My references are good and I follow all of your advice on using an Executive Summary etc. HODs at schools I have been on supply in have told me about posts coming up and urged me to apply and I still don't make the cut. As I was on a different pay scale in FE I can't see any reason why they couldn't pay me MPS 3, so I'm not very expensive for someone with nearly 7 years of teaching under their belt. I have a good degree. I feel their may be a perception that there are no behaviour issues in FE or that we don't deal with parents, so I make a point of dealing with this in applications. I have done tonnes of CPD, all relevant to secondary teaching and been an examiner for two different boards. My short term posts were a maternity cover and stepping in for an absent HOD, so there was no option to make them longer term, it isn't as though I was sacked or anything. I taught another subject in FE and have applied for jobs doing this. I also did some Foundation Learning and Basic Skills and came fairly close to a job in a Special School, but was just pipped. I wondered what makes my applications go on the no pile and how could I put a more positive spin on what is so off putting? There really are no jobs in FE where I think I might stand a better chance, but I always state that I am keen to be in the secondary sector etc.