Oh my... As I read, I'm feeling every word. Truly it is all a mystery. I have worked for years as a contract teacher in CW, and applied over and over. Published 11 books. I have given up. The last time, was an 11 hour interview process, 5-6 weeks prep, and more (you know), and then it went to a younger woman with a lot less experience. In my case, I have three children, and have always missed networking opps as a result...but who knows... Being obsequious always helps...and I know I've never had that "gift." Power and peace to you. Thank you for writing!