Ok, I realize it's only November...but what can I say? I'm a planner. I'm in my second year teaching 1st grade at a charter school. I'm in BTSA, and my credential will be cleared in the spring - I think May. (That part may only make sense to CA teachers.) We've decided to leave the area, so I'm going to be applying for jobs near my family, nowhere near where we currently live (7 hours away) but still in-state. Last time I applied for jobs, it wasn't a big deal because I didn't already HAVE a job. This time, I will need to tell my admin because I need recommendation letters. I'll probably also need to tell my grade level chair and my BTSA mentor, also because of recommendation letters. In CA, applications must have at least 3 current letters of recommendation. They will give me the letters and I will attach them to applications. I know many states do things differently. Anyway, I'm really nervous about this. I can't help but feel guilty, which I know is ridiculous. We are trying to make a decision that is best for our family. All my coworkers are very connected to this area and their families are here, but we really hate it here. We are ready for a change. Does anyone have any tips or experiences to share about applying for a job while you have a job? The job market in CA is still very tough, but it's a little LESS tough where I'm wanting to move than where I currently live. So I know I may be here for another year. People keep warning me about how teachers that say they're leaving often get terrible placements, etc (I could be sent off to another campus in an area I really TRULY cannot stand). I guess I am just looking for some encouragement!