By Teachers, For Teachers
You’ve paid your dues as a student teacher, and now you’re forced to be a substitute because you have yet to get hired as a full-time teacher. Instead of getting down about being a substitute, you must think of it as a surefire way to get your foot in the door to get a teaching job. Substitute teachers have a leg up on the competition, because they’re always in sight! When you’re a substitute (especially if you work at multiple schools), your face is always out there for all to see. The more people that see you working hard, the more your name will get out there for administrators to hear all about you. Unfortunately, full-time positions are few and far between. There are so many individuals vying for the same teaching position as you that it’s essential that you get your name out there to get a teaching job. Here are a few tips on how to get a leg up from the competition, and get a teaching job permanently.
If you want to be hired permanently as a schoolteacher, then you must find a way to let your skills and talents be known. Are you fluent in another language? If so, let it be known that you can speak multiple languages. Are you a good singer? If so, sing to your students, or talk about how you sing when you’re in the office or teachers’ lounge. School districts are always looking for people who have that little something extra about them. If you are subbing in the same school district all the time, then you most likely are always going to be assigned the same position. When this happens, the principal will never know what other talents or connections you have unless you make it known. By doing so, it can help you land that dream teaching job that you so desire.
Substitute teachers have a leg up on the competition because they get to rub elbows with the faculty, and meet many people from a variety of different school districts that they work in. When you’re working in a school, make it known that you are actively looking for a permanent teaching job. It’s also essential that you are nice to the custodial staff, the school secretary, the school nurse, and all other faculty, because these are the people that can help get your name out there if they like you. Remember, whenever you meet someone new, always find a way to incorporate that you’re looking for a permanent teaching position. You never know how one of your connections will come through for you.
If you want to get a permanent teaching position in today’s economy, then you should stay current on everything that is going on in the educational technological world. And if you really want to stand out in an interview, then you need to know the latest tech tools in education, as well how to use them. These skills will definitely move you to the front of the line for that permanent teaching job. An easy way to stay up to date on the latest tech tools and gadgets is to follow hashtags like #edtech #edtechchat on social media. This will keep you well-informed with all of the latest pieces of technology out on the market today.
Whether you’re a substitute for a month, a week, or a day, you must shine at your current job. Think of your substitute teaching job as a very long interview. This is your time to bring your “A” game. Go to school each day with the mindset that you will get hired at the school at some point or another. Use this time to network, learn from your mentors, and talk to everyone you meet. If you make yourself memorable, then you will have a good chance of getting hired at the school.
Landing a permanent teaching position in today’s economy is quite challenging. However, with these simple tricks mentioned above, you can lift your chances of getting to the top.
Do you have any tips on how to get a teaching job? Please feel free to 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 Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.