By Teachers, For Teachers
Many college graduates, as well as those with a master’s degree, are forced to look at being a substitute teacher as their full-time job.
It’s quite easy to quit being a sub if a full-time position becomes open, but it’s awfully tough to get those long-term sub jobs that are more stable. These coveted positions are what all beginning teachers long for because they give you the opportunity to get your face out there and build a rapport with the staff, which is a great way to get hired permanently. Unfortunately, these positions are few and far between.
With so many individuals trying to get a teaching job, it’s essential that you get your name out there. Here are a few tips on how to get a leg up from the competition, and get hired permanently as a teacher.
If you have an extra-special talent that you think may help you get a teaching job, make it known. If you are fluent in another language, was captain of your high school swim team, or know a famous author, let it be known. These things can help you land that dream teaching job. School districts are always looking for people who have that little something special about them. If you are subbing in the same school district, you most likely are always going to be assigned the same position, so the principal will never know what other talents or connections you have unless you make it known. So, if you want to be hired permanently as a school teacher, then be sure to find a way to let your talents be known.
Subbing is a great way to get your face out there because you get to rub elbows with the faculty and meet many people from a variety of school districts. Meet and greet everyone you see in the hallway and make it known that you are actively looking for a teaching job. Don’t forget to greet the custodial staff, the school secretary, and the school nurse, these are people that deal with all of the school staff on a daily basis, and can really help get your name out there if they like you. Remember, whenever you meet someone new, have it be in school or out, always find a way to incorporate that you’re looking for a permanent teaching positon, you never know how one of your connections will come through for you.
Student teaching is a chance for you to shine and showoff your talents. It’s an opportunity to showcase everything that you have learned in college. Treat these 12 weeks as a very long teaching interview. Every day that you come to school bring your “A” game with you. Listen to your mentors, make time to get to know your principal, and really get your face out there. This is your opportunity to let people really get to see what you’re made of, so make the most of your time there while you have the chance.
The use of educational technology in 21st century education is huge. If you want to get a permanent teaching position in today’s economy then you better stay current on everything that is going on in the technological world. If you really want to stand out in an interview then you need to not only know the latest tech tools in education, but you better know how to use them as well. These skills will definitely move you to the front of the line for that permanent teaching job that you want so badly.
Landing a permanent teaching position in today’s economy is not easy feat. But, with the tips and strategies above it can make it a little bit easier. Once you get a teaching interview, you have made it in the door. Now, all you have to do is ace that interview and you will have your permanent teaching position of your dreams.
Do you have any tips on how to get hired permanently in today’s economy? Share with us in the comment section below, we would love to hear your thoughts.
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.