Substitute Teacher Job Search Tips

The first thing to consider when looking for a substitute teacher job is to focus on what you are looking for.

Restrict the Search

What grade would you like to teach? What is your salary range expectation? How many hours a week do you want to work? All these factors will help you focus on the vacancies that work for you, and not wasting time on opportunities that you are not interested in.

Build your Social Network

Once you cleared that up, is time to look for vacancies and to make yourself available to recruiters and job opportunities. Contact your district and ask them for qualifications and requirements needed to be a substitute teacher, and what are their application procedures. Contacting the local school won't be enough, it is better to open the search as widely as possible to succeed. States have different ways to organize their school districts, the best way to find that information is to contact your state´s department of education, and have them redirect you to the appropriate entity.

Requirements and Qualifications

Make sure you have all the requirements needed. Basic qualifications required in any state is a high school diploma or have passed the General Educational Development. Some states have other requirements, like teaching credentials, some years of college education, etc. It is important you know what your local schools are looking for, so you don't get frustrated finding a job you may not be qualified for.

Finding Opportunities

Once this is done, there are different places where you can find job opportunities:

  • Browse through employment postings on the web; there are special sites online that specialize in education jobs.
  • Browse through local schools websites. Some schools have a link in their websites where you can upload your resume or leave your contact information for them to get in touch with you if they have an opening.
  • Attend local fairs in your area. It really helps if you take with you a little portfolio with a cover letter, a resume detailing your experience and educational background and teaching credentials if you have any, so you can leave that information with the different recruiters. That way all schools will have your profile on record to consider you for their job opportunities.
  • Register on educational job sites. Some sites may not have vacancies posted, but have the possibility for you to register there to be a part of the database. This is useful for 2 reasons. The site itself may send you newsletters with vacancies in the district schools and the possibility that a school researching in those sites comes up with your profile and contacts you for a job interview.
  • Attend any orientation class or substitute education training if that is offered in your district. This will not only give you the opportunity to stand out of other teachers and complete your resume, but will also put you in touch with school authorities, or potential co-workers that may help you find a job faster.