All that being said, I think one of the best ways to network is
to take a grad or post-grad class. In the year that I was
desperately seeking a job, I took about 5 classes that summer.
I met SO many teachers, and I was able to put my name out
there. That was also the same year that I got 13 job
interviews and had 2 job offers, and all of these offers and
interviews come from districts with whom I had connections.
I do not think that subbing does a lot for a person trying to
network. I was always under that impression, too, but now,
having been in a district for 2 years, I can't even tell you
the names of any of our subs. A sub is a sub is a sub. Very
few subs will get lucky enough to get a long-term position that
might actually lead to them being noticed in a big school district.
On 2/14/10, PJ wrote:
> Veteran teacher here who is looking for a big move to a new
> school district. I have been in the same one for the past
> 10 years and now I am looking to move to Central Ohio. I
> know hardly anyone in education there so I am wondering how
> on earth you would begin networking to get into these
> schools. I know getting a job is tough and there are very
> few in this area so those responses are not necessary. I
> am sure that I have enough qualifications, awards, etc to
> get the job; I just need a way to get my foot in the door
> than being lost in a stack of resumes. Any advice would be
> greatly appreciated. Thanks!