It’s a fact that most teachers will spend at least a portion of their working lives working casually. Whether it’s because they haven’t been able to find permanent work, or because it suits their particular stage of life, there are often a great many casual teachers in the system. While the IEU is keen for teachers to become permanent quickly (if that is what they wish), there are also a few tips and tricks to getting work as a casual teacher that are important to keep in mind. Some of these are specific for the NSW/ACT Independent sector, but others are more general and may be of use to teachers seeking casual work elsewhere.
When I was teaching, one of my jobs was calling in casual teachers. In a big secondary school, that meant that there were often as many as 10 or 11 casuals on site each and every day - replacing sick teachers, or helping out when teachers were on excursions. I would often receive dozens of CVs every week - and selecting the right casual for the day was a big part of my job. Here are some tips on what I looked for - and what made me ring people back after their first day.
Read more: How to get work as a casual teacher - and keep getting it