Substitute Business Card?

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  1. SweetHomeAlabam

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    I am an elementary ed major and hope to graduate December 09. I am going to focus on subbing over the next year for experience and connections. I thought about going to Vista Print and getting me some sub business cards. Has anyone else done this? Does it look professional or....:whistle: desperate and lame?
    If you have done this, what did you put on it?
     
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    I have business cards from Vista Print for subbing. Desperate and lame? Not even! If you are serious about having teachers call you back, it gives that teacher an easy way of getting a hold of you. Teachers have more than enough papers stacked on their desks. A business card shows you mean just that: business. It shows that you are presenting yourself in a professional manner.
     
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    Oh, I put on it:

    ~name of district
    ~employee ID#
    ~my certification (Multiple Subjects, Sped Ed, Science, whatever...)
    ~telephone number
    ~e-mail address

    I never put a home address. Too much info.
     
  5. DreamToTeach

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    I have business cards and magnetic business cards. So far the reaction I have gotten is very positive, with the teachers being pretty impressed.
     
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    I've had subs leave business cards for me. I love it!
     
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    Ooooooo magnetic business cards, good one!:2up:
     
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    Sounds like a great idea! Shows that you take subbing seriously and are responsible. Go for it!
     
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    I used them all the time when I was subbing. I had my name, my certification, a phone number and an email address that I could be reached at. I even know of some teachers that passed it on to another teacher, because they already knew how to get ahold of me, or put me on their requested list.

    I would highly recommend making business cards. Go with simple and professional looking, not too cutesy, though! :)
     
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    Just to say it once more: this is a great idea!

    Teaching professionals should have professional cards just like people in other careers...it's too bad this isn't the majority opinion in the country...
     
  11. SweetHomeAlabam

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    ADD to my question

    If I am an Elementary Education major, would it be beneficial to put that on the card?

    ie.... UNA College of Education, Elementary Education Major
     
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    Sure... I just wrote: "Elementary Education with Middle School Math endorsement" or something like that. I didn't mention what school I went to, b/c that is more of a resume thing.
     
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    I use Microsoft Publisher & print them up myself. Here's what I put on them:

    - Name
    - Sub #
    - Home Phone & Email
    - Degrees I hold
    - Give # of yrs of experience I have
    - Optional: Insightful, educational quote.
     
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    I think this is a great idea and would be totally impressed if a sub left me a business card! That would also make me think that they liked my class and would want to come back!!!!!
     
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    I really like the idea of having a business card. I am a certified teacher and looking for a job and subbing in the meantime. This is what I have so far, but I want to somehow get the point across that I would welcome a full time position (some of the people hired mid-year in my school last year were certified subs that let it be known that they were looking for a full time job.)

    Carrie Bxxxxx
    Substitute Teacher

    Certifications:
    Secondary Social Studies
    Middle School Science

    Phone: (xxx) xxx-xxxx
    email@yahoo.com

    "Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire."
    - William Butler Yeats

    Its the "subtitute teacher" part that I don't like, but i feel it needs to be there so that the teacher remembers who the card is from.
     
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    I left them when I used to sub and I got great feedback from them. I think they look very professional, not lame at all! Go for it!!:)
     
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    This is what I was thinking about putting on my cards-

    JD
    Substitute Teacher

    Access ID #

    Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials

    Home ph. #
    Cell ph. #
    Email address


    Is the wording ok? I do have an MA in linguistics, but I don't know if I should include that information as well. I've only been subbing for a coulple of years, so I'm not sure if I want to put # of years experience on the card.
    Thanks for your comments.
     
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    I have business cards but mine are very simple. I have a little picture of a an apple with a worm in it on the left hand side. My name then it says "certified substitute." I then put home phone ###-#### and below that put cell phone ###-####. I leave them on desks when I leave or with my note. I have had one teacher say that she just needs a sub list at home when she stopped me for the hundredth time to ask what my name was. I said "oh hold on!" and pulled out a card. Teachers seem to love them! I would make them but just put the basics on there!
     
  19. artjen

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    I'm a teacher who has received business cards from subs. I've also used Vista Print for various items for myself- love Vista Print! I would recommend getting the magnetic cards. I've received them from subs and I immediately stick them on the filing cabinet next to my desk for quick reference. Otherwise, a regular card might get lost.
     
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    I made the cards on my apple and they look very slick and professional. Then I went to Office Max and got some stick-on magnetic business card holders--you peel the tape off and stick your business card on--very simple, very cheap. When I went back to teachers classrooms, I found them prominently displayed.
     
  21. NoVa_Dad

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    Keep in mind, for a few extra dollars and a well-timed coupon, you can make really nice ones on VistaPrint.

    I created my business card as an image in Photoshop. It looks like it has beveled edges, it has distinctive fonts and even shadowing. I then uploaded that image to VP, and added the glossy finish. I won't post a copy here, but I would be happy to send it to you if you would like.

    Also, on the back I paid for extra printing. I put my tagline (Never Stop Exploring) and directions on how to access my availability, should they want to look it up themselves.
     
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    Nasimi,
    Would you put "certified teacher", "credentialed teacher", or "Multiple Subject certified"? How would you word that? :unsure:
     

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