Substitute teaching is an enjoyable job, but sometimes it is difficult to get the job assignment in the first place. Here are some tips on how to get sub jobs and keep those jobs coming!
1. If possible, apply to several school districts. I understand if you live in a small town, but if you live in a big city, why limit yourself to only one school district? You should apply to several districts around you to maximize your opportunities!
2. Go introduce yourself to the school secretary. Many schools will keep a list of preferred substitutes in the office. Even though school districts typically use SubFinder, Aesop, or eSchool Solutions, secretaries or teachers will often arrange for a substitute to take their job directly. It is very beneficial to introduce and familiarize yourself with the school secretaries!
3. Use SubAssistant on your phone. SubAssistant is a service that monitors your sub accounts and will send you direct texts or emails when a job near you opens up! No more logging into your account to look for available jobs. How convenient!
4. When subbing, make a good impression. Some advice:
- Be on time.
- Dress professionally.
- Have a positive attitude.
- Follow the lesson plans as closely as you can.
- Have a good rapport with the students.
- Get to know the staff.
- Leave detailed notes for the teacher.
- Leave things clean and organized.
5. Leave a business card. You are a professional. Professionals have business cards. Find an affordable company online to print up some business cards with your sub number and personal contact information. If you've done a good job, teachers will keep you in mind or request you next time!
So, what have you learned from your subbing experiences? How do you get sub jobs? We'd love to hear from you!