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5 Tips to Get a Summer Teaching Job

Janelle Cox

While most teachers are counting down the last days of school until summer vacation, others are worried that they will not have a job during the summer months. Taking a summer teaching job can help you gain more experience while making some extra money. Some teachers say they like the informal setting of a summer school classroom, along with the short work hours. Whatever your reasoning may be for wanting or needing a summer teaching job, it’s not as hard as you think to get one. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you, you just have to know where to look.

Here are 5 tips on how you can find a summer teaching job in your area.

Summer Teaching Job Tip #1 – Know What you are Looking for

What kind of teaching job do you want this summer? Are you looking for something that is in your field, or do you want to try something new? Depending upon your credentials, you should look for a job that you are qualified for. For example, if you are a general elementary school teacher but have the credentials to teach up to 8th grade, then you may want to consider broadening your search to teach middle school as well. Not only will this give you more opportunities for finding a job, but it is also a great way to add to your resume. Keep in mind that summer school jobs are highly wanted by everyone, and they usually go to the more experienced candidates. So in order for you to be considered, you must have the credentials and be qualified for the position you are going for.

Tip #2 – Update Your Resume and Teaching Portfolio

Make sure that your resume is up-to-date and your teaching portfolio is up to par. Your resume should have the essential qualifiers that employers are looking for: Identification, certification, education, and experience. These four topics are what you need on your resume if you want to be considered for the job.

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In addition to that, you should also take a look at your teaching portfolio to make sure that it is current and reflects your most recent work. If you haven’t updated it since you were in college, then now is the time for you to do so. Add your master’s degree (if you have one) and add some recent pictures of you teaching. Make sure that you have a table of contents and that you have included any new certifications or common core lessons.

Tip #3 – Where to Search for a Teaching Job

The first place that you should look for a summer teaching job is at the school where you are currently working. Usually this will be posted in the main office or in the teachers’ lounge. If you are not currently teaching in a school district, then you should look on the district’s website. The next place to look is your local newspaper. Schools usually post in the want ads on the weekends. In addition to these two places, your next bet would be to look on your local college website. If you are an alumni, then you should still have access to the school’s website and job offerings.  This is a great place to look for summer jobs because colleges offer a wide variety of positions.

Another place to search is online, at sites like Schoolspring.com. School Spring allows you to search a location, category, grade, and job type. Most of these sites let you apply right online or at least they give you a link to where you can go to apply.

Tip #4 – Consider Teaching Online

The World Wide Web is a fantastic place to teach. Not only do you get to work in the comfort of your own home (and pajamas) but you also get to add something “Different” and “Unique” to your resume. Let’s face it, the world is changing, and technology is where it is at right now, and where it will be in the future. You can get a jumpstart to the ever-changing digital community of education by applying to tutor or teach online. This is definitely a great way to get a leg up, by gaining some online teaching experience.

Tip #5 – Consider the Alternatives

Teaching summer school is a great way to gain some more experience while making a few extra dollars to put into your pocket. However, these jobs are few and far between, and usually go to the veteran teachers who have been around for a long time. There is a chance that you may have to consider an alternative job. Tutoring is your next best option where you can use your expertise and get paid a good chunk of money for only working a few short hours. Working in a daycare or as an assistant is another option for the summer months. These jobs are usually easy to get and pay pretty well and you only have to work for a few hours a day.

Research shows that when teachers enrich their minds in the summertime, it will help them grow and become better educators for our children. Just as we don’t want our students to get that dreaded “Summer slide,” we, as educators, need to keep our minds as sharp as possible too. Taking on a summer job will help will help keep your mind busy while making some extra cash for your wallet.

Do you have any tips on how to get a summer teaching job? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below, you never know, you may just be the person to help a fellow teacher out.

Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.