Is your subbing calendar feeling a little lonely lately? Are you hoping to book more jobs, but not sure how to create more opportunities? Check out this great advice to learn more about how to get jobs as a substitute teacher.
1. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. This one might seem obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many people are hesitant to try out something new. Expanding your preferences for schools or districts automatically opens up more opportunities. Have you only targeted certain grade levels or content area positions? Take a chance at something you would normally shy away from. You might surprise yourself!
2. Make Connections. Use every opportunity to make connections, without looking like a used car salesman. The easiest way to do this is to give a friendly smile and greet everyone you encounter. Walking through the hallway? Make eye contact with everyone! You want people to see you and remember your face and friendly, outgoing personality. It's tough to get noticed if you're staring at the ground!
3. Leave your information. When you leave a note for the teacher, be sure to leave contact information so that the teacher can request you in the future. If a teacher is impressed with your work, they're likely to add you to their list of preferred subs and tell all their co-workers about you.
4. Express Gratitude. At the end of the day, be sure to check in with the secretary or main office and thank them for having you. Let them know that you enjoyed your time in their building and that you hope to be back soon. If you're feeling really confident, let them know that you're available the next day, should they need any subs.
With these great tips, you'll be on your way to booking more jobs in no time!
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