Teacher Job Fairs: A Gold Mine for Job Seekers!

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Teacher job fairs offer excellent opportunities to educators who are looking for teaching jobs. Teacher job fairs provide an efficient avenue for schools or school districts, to advertise various openings and meet with numerous candidates in a short span of time. Additionally, such job fairs help job seekers to connect with prospective employers easily and quickly. When approached in the right manner, teacher job fairs can be a veritable gold mine for teachers seeking jobs. This article prepares educators to take full advantage of teacher job fairs.

  1. Do your research. There are different kinds of teacher job fairs. For instance, some are for recruiting teachers for specific subjects, such as science or math, whereas others may be held for staffing entire school districts. Thus, before one attends teacher job fairs, it is important to research schools and school districts to identify their needs and assess whether your profile meets specified requirements. Prior research provides information about the education policies of schools, which in turn helps assess whether or not to take employment with a school district.
  2. Take all your important papers. It is important to carry all relevant and important documentation to teacher job fairs. This includes a well-drafted resume, teaching portfolio, and any other paperwork that may be required to fill out job applications. All teacher job fairs are genuine hiring opportunities and one should not miss out on opportunities because relevant paperwork is incomplete or missing.

    The most important document is a well-written resume. We cannot stress enough the importance of a top-notch resume. It is estimated that 90% of all applications that schools receive are tossed into the reject pile, simply because the resume is incomplete or presented unprofessionally. We all know the importance of making a good first impression and a well-written resume accomplishes this objective. If required, seek help from professional resume writers. Resumes are extremely important!

    When attending teacher job fairs, carry numerous copies of your resume to hand out to potential employers. Also, it is a good idea to have multiple versions of your resume; for instance, a neatly typed version as well as a scanned version (copied on a CD).
  3. Use your time effectively. Research various schools districts at teacher job fairs to determine which ones would be best suited to or most appropriate for you. Manage your time effectively; prioritize those schools that match requirements first, and meet with recruiters from less desirable schools later.
  4. Follow-up. Keep a detailed record of all meetings; include pertinent information about the district and job and contact details of all recruiters. It is recommended to send follow-up letters to school districts in which you are interested. The letter should mention how much you enjoyed learning about the school and district, the perfect match between your profile and the school's requirements, and your keen interest in working in the district.

By attending teacher job fairs and following the advice above, you can land an ideal teaching job. 

 

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