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|
|Berkeley School District 87||www.berkeley87.org|
|Bowen High School (CPS)||http://www.bowenhs.org|
|Bright Horizons Family Solutions||www.brighthorizons.com|
|Center for Talent Development (Northwestern University)||www.ctd.northwestern.edu|
|Champaign Unit School District 4|
|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/|
|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|
|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.
What do I do when I get there?
- Familiarize yourself with the layout: take a minute to review the Fair booklet and room map.
- When you’re ready, head for your first school, introduce yourself with a smile and firm handshake, then begin your 30-60 pitch.
- 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.
- 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!