Hi everyone, I would very much appreciate your views on my situation and any advice would be greatly welcome. I am a native teacher of Spanish and I taught it up to University level. I have worked at an independent school teaching it for 7 years up to A-level, then at university for 7 years, then I got a part time job at another independent school teaching it up to GCSE level for ten years until last December when it closed down. I can teach French, have a PGCE, a DFES reference number and I have a masters degree in Modern Languages. I have applied for three jobs in independent schools near where I live since January; the first two posts advertised for a teacher of Spanish was to teach Spanish to A level and the third one was a 0.3 Spanish and French specialist to start and develop a Mod Lang Dept. with increasing hours in the following years; it also involved an evening of boarding duty (I have also been a boarding mistress for 3 years). All this considered, I felt that I had sufficient experience and qualifications to arouse the interest of prospective employers and to be invited to an interview, but I was unsuccessful on the three occasions. I have followed advice contained on forums and various other internet resources on how to compose the covering letter, CV and resume but so far all has proved fruitless. The feedback that I get is very similar and seems very general and standard ("We had some very strong candidates"). I am starting to become quite cynical and think that I am too expensive and that they prefer somebody with less experience but cheaper, too. What could I do to increase my chances to at least make it to the interview? it is very demoralising and a big knock to self-confidence. Perhaps there is somebody out there that can offer a fresh take on things?