All - I would welcome some guidance on whether my experience is likely to be about right or whether I'm doing worse than the norm. To date, I have applied for 11 Assistant headships, only been selected for one (2 day) interview and not made it to the 2nd day. I have tailored every application, following all appropriate guidance. My head has looked at a number of my applications but she couldn't see an issue. Is it genuinely this hard to be shortlisted? Could my age (51) be a reason? Or the length of time I've spent in middle management (9yrs)? I would like to work on my applications but having exhausted all the guidance I can get through my own management team don't know where to turn for application support or further help with career development. The feedback I have been able to receive was relatively generic. Can anyone suggest any routes I could pursue to get further support with application writing and making sure I am doing and saying what I need to?