I have been teaching for 12 years but, since moving to a rural area, there are (unsurprisingly) fewer job opportunities. Having completed a year's maternity cover, I'm now tutoring and freelance writing while I wait for jobs to come up. Is it worth sending a speculative application to the schools I would like to work at locally, even if there are no jobs currently advertised? Proactive, or pointless? Has anyone ever got a job this way?