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    I just have to ask, are you 100% positive that you are applying to this positions correctly? It is quite easy to send a resume and application, and think that's enough, but the states I applied in required items that I didn't even think to send. In addition, if the application materials weren't complete, the h.r. dept. wouldn't even look at the materials.

    Check out state online resources such as REAP, and any other state online recruitment websites. I got my job because I downloaded all of my teaching credential information onto South Carolina's teacher recruitment website, and an administrator was "cruising" through the site and saw my qualifications.

    In addition, are you looking for 'a first job' or are you looking for the 'dream position?' You may need to start with a school or position that isn't your #1 (or #10) choice. I know that urban Chicago schools are hard up for teachers, but those jobs in Buffalo Grove/Long Grove, Itasca, Palatine, etc. or other suburbs aren't as easily obtainable because more highly qualified teachers want those positions as well. The job I took definitely isn't at my top choice in schools (out of 65 students, only 1 of my cherubs passed the proficiency test last year in Language Arts), but I'm learning a ton, and I know I'll be more "sellable" next year.

    I wish you all the luck.

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