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Old 12-03-2010, 06:06 PM
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Giving up subbing...no jobs from Aesop

I feel so depressed thinking that I probably won't sub anymore.
I am averaging only 4 days of sub jobs in ONE MONTH - I am in 2 districts and in 2 private schools. I refresh the Aesop screen a million times and almost break the computer and yet no jobs. Even though I am on the preferred list of 5-7 teachers, no calls from them also.


I am looking back to 2006 when I started subbing and I could pick and choose the jobs and I even thought this could be a f/t career option. I even hired a babysitter last year to watch my kids at 3.30 - now I am letting her go - not just worth it to pay her a week's wages when I hardly work.

I didn't post much on this board but used to lurk and learned good tips here. Good luck to all of you and maybe I will still read messages here.

Bye with a sad heart but wishing everyone happy holidays,
thesub
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:57 PM
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Before giving up subbing, you might want to call the districts within your desired driving distance and ask to speak to the technician in charge of subs.
Tell her/him that you are interested in continuing to sub, but that you like to keep busy and would therefore like to work for a district where subs have a good chance of frequent work.
I would also ask them to give an educated guess as to your probability of working on any given day.
The attitude you get from the sub tech could also give you an indication of your chances of frequent work.
I have been subbing for 13 years, yet two of my three districts have nearly deserted me, offering work an average of only once a week.
My third district, however, has had a job for me the last 46 days in a row.
It is a matter of finding the right district(s).
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:10 PM
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I remember I stopped getting calls from this one district way back when I was a sub. She mentioned that they haven't had much need for subs but game me two weeks of sub jobs for the next month. So, it wouldn't hurt to call the person in charge of subs and see what's going on. It doesn't seem to make sense why all of a sudden you're not getting called. I mean, are the teachers afraid to call out sick??
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:50 PM
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Peachyness, oldstudent.....

the jobs come only from Aesop and the preferred list. The secretaries in all the schools are cold and impersonal and keep referring me to HR if I have any questions about subbing. HR tells that Aesop is the way to go and the 2 districts I am in do not use Jobulator/other systems etc. It's such a catch-22 - since I don't sub enough, I cannot build a good relationship with the secretaries, teachers etc.

I have to seriously think of freelance writing or computer programming as a career option and I soooooo do not want to do this.
I love being around the kids, helping the teachers - how quickly time flies when I am around them mellow:

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Old 12-03-2010, 08:56 PM
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i have a feeling if you attempt to file for unemployment/underemployment then they will start calling you so they dont have to pay...i've heard of this happening...you don't have another form of income right?
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:59 PM
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i have a feeling if you attempt to file for unemployment/underemployment then they will start calling you so they dont have to pay...i've heard of this happening...you don't have another form of income right?
It depends on the state where she will file for unemployment. In some states, you need to have worked full time for about a year or so in order to qualify for unemployment.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:00 PM
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the jobs come only from Aesop and the preferred list. The secretaries in all the schools are cold and impersonal and keep referring me to HR if I have any questions about subbing. HR tells that Aesop is the way to go and the 2 districts I am in do not use Jobulator/other systems etc. It's such a catch-22 - since I don't sub enough, I cannot build a good relationship with the secretaries, teachers etc.

I have to seriously think of freelance writing or computer programming as a career option and I soooooo do not want to do this.
I love being around the kids, helping the teachers - how quickly time flies when I am around them mellow:

thesub
That stinks! Are those the only nearby districts that you can sub for or can you apply to any others? High school, special ed (usually through the county), alternative high schools and juvie (I subbed a LOT at these schools).
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Old 12-04-2010, 01:22 AM
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thesub, I'm so sorry. Yes, it really is bleak out there! I work for 1 dist (& hopefully soon to work for a 2nd) that uses the SubFinder site & I only get 1 solid day a wk too only because I already happened to be subbing for that lady 1 day/wk for the past 2 yrs, so she knows me & happens to need me. I may get another day here & there, but who knows. I called 10 other districts in my surrounding area that aren't hiring for subs...they've ben on a hiring freeze for the last couple yrs. I finally applied at 3 districts that were actually hiring that have at least a 40 min drive 1-way. I have an interview in mid-Jan w/ one of them.

Have you done ALL you possibly could to let yourself be known out there? Did you go around to every school in your districts & put flyers in all the teachers' mailboxes & even post one up maybe in the teachers' lounge? If you've don that, I guess you've done all you could w/ your current districts. I guess you still need to apply to other districts. The way things are going for me, I wish I was working for about 3-4 districts.

Is there a site you know of to search for substitute teaching jobs? In my area, Ed-Join is the one.

Good luck in whatever you end up doing!
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:07 AM
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I work in British Columbia and subs here are averaging less than 1 and 1/2 days a week. Even with 2nd jobs the average income of a sub is less than 14000, which is below the poverty line for a small urban center (and comparable to the annual income of a Wal-Mart greeter).

This year started off so badly for me that I literally drove out to schools that I used to work at and cornered principals, vps, office secretaries or anyone else that I'd gotten work from in the past and I told them that if I didn't start getting work soon I'd be forced out of the profession. Fortunately they listened and my work situation has improved, specifically from these very schools and individuals that I reached out to.

I wish you luck. I think it just plain sucks that good people should be forced out of the profession for this sort or reason.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:48 AM
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Can you expand the number of districts in which you work? I was up to six by the time I started teaching full-time. Two of them didn't use Aesop, so there was some juggling, but it was worth it to work every day.
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