Looking for some guidance, help, support, if you wouldn't mind. I completed my Induction earlier this year, and am just about to complete my third short-term maternity cover since finishing my PGCE. There are no jobs in my own LEA area, and I accepted a long time ago that I shall need to move. I am a single parent in my 40s (late career change), with a small son. I'm currently applying for every job for which I am qualified (and some that I am not), which means I'm writing on average a job application every other day. My application letters are good (I've had them looked over by my current HoD, my ex-HoD and the Director of Professional Development at my school). All in all, in 3 months, I've had 3 interviews and no job offer. I always seem to be the second choice candidate. The feedback I get is that my lesson is good, the students like me, I'm professional, likeable, mature, I've clearly done my homework about the school and job, I answer well and confidently in interview (if a little long-winded), but somehow, my face doesn't fit. Now, the job adverts are drying up, and I am faced with the prospect of having no job in September. No job means I can't pay the mortgage, feed my child, heat my home, run my car. To say I'm panicking is an understatement. I know from last year that there is very little supply work in September/October, and there aren't even any temp jobs here currently. I'm not prepared to move for something temporary - I can't afford to. If I go to the expense of selling up and moving, then it's got to be permanent. The question is, do I sit tight and hope something comes up over the summer, or do I try to find some low-paid job in an office/shop somewhere just to make some cash, with the prospect that all this has been for nothing, and I spend the rest of my life scratching out a living as an "almost"? It just seems that my dreams of joining a profession which would be both fulfilling and also allow me to have a decent work-life balance with my son have, after 3 years hard work and serious sacrifices, have almost come to nought. I don't understand why I'm not able to get a job - everyone tells me I'm a good teacher, and I had a Good-Outstanding in my Performance Management observation last week. I love teaching, and I really want to do well, and I think I could make a real contribution in the right school. But I'm not getting the opportunity, and I don't understand why. I'd really appreciate any advice or support that anyone can give please.