Hey everyone, I've been really busy lately but I just wanted to check in with this. Quite awhile ago (at least a year), I saw a general online faculty solicitation ad for a fairly big RA school, they were specific that no positions were open at the time, but they were creating a hiring pool. I've always been skeptical of those sort of things (if anyone actually reads them), but I sent in my resume anyway. Just the other day, I was contacted by the school; the chairperson of the department had read my resume, and thought I'd be a good fit for a new online course under development for the Fall semester, and I was invited to confirm my interest, which I promptly did. Of course there's no guarantee that it will pan out, but I just wanted to share this as proof that your applications don't always fall into a bottomless pit. The only guarantee is that you'll never get the job for which you don't apply, so don't get discouraged!