I am just curious as it may help soothe my bruised ego. I applied for a job a few weeks ago as they were 'looking' for staff to develop an area of the school rather than for a specific role/start date etc. This week the post was advertised formally/nationally and so I contacted the school who told me my application was received and still being considered but, as they had almost no other applicants, they were advertising nationally to get more interest. Now, I realise they want to get the best possible candidate and I may not be it, but on paper I meet or exceed all the criteria, have higher qualifications than required, have a great deal of experience developing fledgling departments with success and can teach across a wide range of 'other' subjects as they have specified. I have many other skills and attributes necessary for the job as well as being local, I wrote a strong application with a clear E.S.and I am only 46 so I hope its not my age. If I fit all the criteria and they have had little or no other replies, I struggle to see why they would pay good money to advertise a role that has already attracted little attention. I anticipate that replies to this question will mean my ego will have to remain bruised but I just don't know how much better I could match this role. I also visited the school and, I seemed to get on with everyone I met. Of course, no one has said I am not suitable, I just struggle to see why it has been advertised. I should add that its a very small school. If i'm not at least considered 'ideal' for this particular role I think its time to leave the profession.