My two cents: in the current job market, if you’re only looking at jobs that want DCI (typically suburban, competitive, high paying gigs like we were taught we are deserving of in undergrad) then you’re selling yourself short and unnecessarily limiting your field of possibilities. There are 1227 districts in Texas. Around 200 are charter schools less than half of that total post on the yellow board. Go actively seek positions on district websites. Get in a gig that you think you can handle (and double check with your mentors to make sure you’re not trying to take on Everest on your first climb, so go speak) and make it the most brilliant job you can do. Then trade on that success to get a better gig, and so on. After a few years you’ll be destroying the ‘DCI experience’ crowd with your ‘proven record of success’ experience.
And don’t forget (like I often do when self assessing) that success means different things in different situations. In one place it may be 1’s and area trips. In another, it may be finally getting the number up to 50 and attending UIL for the first time in a decade.
Get a job, kick its butt, then get a bigger one, and kick its butt. You got this. Go forth and conquer.