*I came from out of state,
*I came fresh out of school, therefore I had no prior teaching experience outside of student teaching,
*I came from a college that is practically unknown here...in the first ten years I have been here one of the first questions I was asked by principals, HBDs, and DFAs was, "Where on Earth is 'XYZ State University'? I've never heard of them." Therefore, nobody here "knew" any of my instructors,
*I still got a job at a high profile district that first year even though I didn't "know" anyone.
*It wasn't until I had established a reputation for being a really good director with a proven track record where the questions about my college and/or my instructors ceased. As stated above that took ten years. By that time, because of that good reputation, I was getting offers for other high profile positions; and even then I really didn't "know" anyone...I was getting the offers because of what I knew, and what I could do with what I knew.
So explain that...and "You are the exception rather than the rule" doesn't explain it; there are too many directors here that also fit my situation that can't be dismissed as anomalies.
Sorry, but the "Good Old Boys System" doesn't exist...I would have never gotten Job 1 in Texas if it did. GOB only comes out when sour grapes are being played.