To accept the most jobs possible, it is helpful to understand how our system works. Below are a couple of reasons why some jobs go so quickly, as well as a list of ways to improve your chances at receiving those jobs.
Why do jobs go so quickly?
2) Manage Your Text-Settings: If you prefer to receive text messages instead of our app, that is a great option as well. You'll just want to make sure you set your text-setting to "Accept the Job Right Away" on the Alert tab of your Sub Sidekick settings. If you do this, when you click the link provided in text messages, Sub Sidekick will attempt to accept the job right away rather than prompt you first. This is good if you are confident you want the job. If you like to view more details first, then this isn't the best option. Again, there are possibly multiple other users trying to accept the job the same time as you are, so even in doing this, the job is still going to go to the user who happens to click the link first (which could simply be 1 second sooner than you).
3) Use Our 'Job Alerts Feature' On Your Computer: Anytime you have access to a computer nearby, the fastest method for getting alerts and accepting jobs is via the Job Alert window from the Sub Sidekick website. To access the window, login to your Sub Sidekick account at and then click the 'Launch Job Alert' button. Turn up your computer volume and leave your computer on to get an audio alert when a job is available.
4) Be Available At Peak Times: Many times the easiest jobs to accept will occur in the middle of the night or early morning when teachers decide at the last minute that they need to be absent. In competitive districts it helps to check the systems (Aesop and Sub Sidekick if possible) late in the evening and early in the morning to give you a chance to accept jobs before others see their alerts.
In highly competitive districts, there are dozens of substitute teachers actively searching for open jobs at any given time. Because of this, even attempting to ‘accept’ the job immediately does not guarantee you will receive the job, which you've seen. A long-term strategy to help with this is to get on a ‘preferred-substitute-list’ for a school, which will result in personal calls to you directly from the school.