2014 Educator Job Fair

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2014 Educator Job Fair 

March 4, 2014

1 - 4 p.m.


Why should I go?

  • Meet with school districts to talk about teaching and school personnel jobs
  • Expand your professional network to identify new job search options
  • Learn the recruiter's perspective on the student teaching experience and how to succeed in the education job search

What employers will be there?

We are excited to be hosting the following employers-- and the list continues to grow! Check back often to see the latest additions:

Academy for Urban School Leadership www.auslchicago.org
Ameson Academy of International Education www.ameson.org
ASPIRA Charter School Network    http://www.aspirail.org/
Autism Home Support Services www.autismhomesupport.com
Behavioral Staffing www.behavioralstaffing.com/
Berkeley School District 87  www.berkeley87.org
Bright Horizons Family Solutions www.brighthorizons.com
Center for Talent Development (Northwestern University) www.ctd.northwestern.edu
ChildCare Careers    www.childcarecareers.net
Civitas Education Partners    http://www.civitasschools.org/
Community Consolidated School District 93 www.ccsd93.com/pages/CCSD93
Community High School District 99


Community Unit School District 300   


Crete-Monee School District 201-U


Danville Consolidated School District 118 www.danville.k12.il.us
East Aurora School District 131    http://www.d131.org/index.asp
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago    chicago.easterseals.com
Great Lakes Academy Charter School www.glachicago.org
Hadi School of Excellence http://www.hadischool.org/index.aspx
Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy http://healthacademy.idpl.org/
Intrinsic Schools www.intrinsicschools.org
Lake Forest High School District 115 & Lake Forest Elementary School District 67 www.lakeforestschools.org
LEARN Charter School Network


Lisle Community Unit School District 202 www.lisle202.org
Noble Network Charter Schools www.noblenetwork.org
One Hope United www.onehopeunited.org
Perspectives Charter Schools http://www.pcsedu.org/
Prospect Heights School District 23    www.d23.org
Ridgewood High School    www.ridgenet.org
Safe Haven School www.safehavenschool.org
The Menta Group - IL & AZ www.thementagroup.org
The School Association for Special Education in DuPage County www.sased.org
Top Driver www.topdriver.com
Township High School District 211    www.d211.org
UNO Charter School Network www.unocharterschools.org
Waukegan Public School District 60    http://www.wps60.org/

Do I need to do anything before the Fair?

  • Research is key in ANY job search, but when it comes to an education job fair, research is what will set you apart from the crowd. Pressed for time? Pick your top 5 schools, do the research, and then add more schools as you can.
  • Develop questions to ask the recruiters. It is up to you to keep the conversation going. For example, ask questions about your application-- what qualities are your district principals looking for in their teachers? You can also ask questions about 
  • Prepare a 30-60 second pitch using the Building Your Branding Statement worksheet so that you can convey who you are, your relevant training and experiences, your areas of focus, and why you are unique. This is your chance to demonstrate your knowledge of the organization and to express your interest in them. Think about how your education or experience relates to the organization's needs.

How long should I spend talking to each employer? 

In a job fair setting, the interaction should be brief (5-7 minutes). The intent is to provide an outstanding first impression and, if you fit the needs of the district or agency, possibly get invited to an onsite interview. Do not be discouraged if the conversation is short - the professional(s) in attendance are very adept at getting the information they need from you in a concise period of time.

Will I be able to get an interview onsite? 

The job fair will close promptly at 4 p.m. Individual interviews with districts who are interested in taking advantage of this offering will take place from 4:30 - 6 p.m. by invitation only. Only candidates with interview cards received during the job fair will be allowed into the interviewing area. 

What do I wear?

Schools say first impressions count, so give some thought to what you wear.

  • Business suit in navy, gray, or black
  • Women may wear pant or skirt suits
  • Women's blouse necklines no lower than collarbone; skirt hem should be no more than two inches above the knee
  • Men should dress in a shirt and tie
  • Clothes clean and pressed
  • Shoes: for men—wing tips or loafers with dark socks; for women—low/medium heels or flats with neutral hose. Shoe comfort is key as there may be long lines for various employers. 
  • Khakis, jeans, or sweats
  • Shirt tail not tucked in
  • Stains or wrinkles
  • Shoes run down at the heels, scuffed, or not polished
  • White socks
  • Colored hose or hose with runs or snags in them
  • Low necklines
  • Hemlines on skirts more than two inches above the knee; pants above the ankle
  • Too tight or too loose clothing
  • Revealing or provocative
  • Necktie not properly tied
  • Clean and styled conservatively
  • Off of your face
  • Men – short hair is preferable; facial hair should be groomed
  • Unwashed or unkempt
  • Shaggy or excessively long
  • Play with your hair
  • Simple jewelry: small earrings (one pair only), necklaces, pins, wedding/engagement rings are acceptable
  • Good-quality portfolio to hold your resumes, take notes after conversations, and store business cards for post-fair follow-up
  • Cell phone is turned off
  • Visible tattoos or piercings
  • Excessive or large jewelry
  • Disorganized materials
  • Heavy or excessive
  • perfumes or colognes

What do I do when I get there?

  1. Familiarize yourself with the layout: take a minute to review the Fair booklet and room map.
  2. When you’re ready, head for your first school, introduce yourself with a smile and firm handshake, then begin your 30-60 pitch.
  3. If you’re feeling nervous or need a break, stop by the Career Development Office table… we can asnwer your questions and give you a pep talk. 
  4. After each conversation with a recruiter, take a minute to write down the topics of conversation on the back of the recruiter's business card so that you have some tidbit to include in your thank you note. 

What do I bring to the Fair?

  • Multiple copies of your resume and reference sheets
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Short and organized teaching portfolio (if available)
  • Pen/pencil, notebook

When speaking with recruiters you'll want to have all of these items readily available. If you’re asked for them, you’ll present yourself as a prepared job seeker and serious candidate. 

Still have questions?

Contact us to schedule a one-to-one appointment either in-person or over the phone. We are excited to help you succeed!


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