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Continued from the previous post, find tips below relating to how to succeed on the day of the fair. Re-Test your Technology -Make sure your computer and internet connection are functioning properly the day of the fair. Address any technology issues as needed. -Make sure to update any software programs that may be needed to run the virtual fair platform: Flash, Java, etc. -Make note of any contact information of those who can help you troubleshoot any tech issues that may arise during the fair. Someone from the virtual fair vendor, your career services office, or your college/university's IT ...


Virtual career fairs are increasing in popularity. Virtual recruiting events can be very appealing for both employers and jobseekers. For employers, connecting virtually reduces travel related costs, printing costs for displays, and eliminates the cost for branded giveaways. For jobseekers, travel related costs are also eliminated, professional dress may not be required, and resumes can be shared electronically. Technologically driven fairs can take a variety of formats. Some vendors allow for creation of a virtual space that looks similar to a traditional fair and employers and jobseekers can operate avatars that represent themselves. Some virtual models rely on video chat ...


The Career Corner blog received two questions related to job search woes from highly experienced teachers. Question: I am a mid-fifties professional with seventeen years of experience in special education and math who is currently unemployed. I was squeezed out of a district with a mandate to hire young, cheap, local talent. I know that math, science, and special education teachers are in high demand. What can I do to make myself more marketable in California, where budgets are tight and experience is a synonym for expensive? Question: I am an educator of 15 years with my masters in education. ...


Communication skills, flexibility/adaptability, and problem-solving skills are some examples of "soft" skills that make a big impact in the workplace. While soft skills are important, it can be difficult to find specific examples highlighting soft skills to share with employers. In characterizing soft skills to potential employers or networking contacts, draw from previous experiences to demonstrate abilities. Reflect on classroom experiences, work experiences, student involvement, and volunteering to uncover examples of positive experiences where some of these superior soft skills were applied. Consider how the skills mentioned above are critical to success in education. For example, communication skills are ...


RECENTLY, A READER ASKED THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: I love to teach. I have tutored and taught English as a Second Language to adults as a volunteer. I completed a 9-hour tutor training program, however, the community agency has not sent the certificate. Because of my age, I do not see myself attending a traditional 4-year collegiate program for certification. Is there an alternative certificate program that would prepare me to teach/tutor elementary school-age students? Thank you. RESPONSE: First, because you have completed a certification program, it would be helpful to check the status of your official certificate and verify ...


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