Three Steps for Teacher Fair Preparation
Step 1 - Research Schools / Districts
View the list of schools/districts attending the Fair and identify the ones that you are most interested in approaching. A quick visit to these schools' web sites to review their mission statements, operations, and current job openings will help you decide. Identify your priority or "A-list" schools/districts and visit them first. Include in that list the schools/districts that are planning to hold interviews throughout the day. A list of schools attending the event can often be found on the website of those hosting the event.
Step 2 -Prepare your Resume
A targeted-teaching resume (no pictures please) works best when applying for a teacher position. Be sure to include relevant experience such as student teaching/internship, tutoring, camp counseling, after school club involvement, or any other experience related to teaching or working with the population you plan to teach, on your resume. You need not include an objective statement but can use one if you are targeting your priority schools/districts with a customized resume. It is also helpful for those reviewing your resume to see what you teach in your head (i.e., Elementary Education Teacher, or Mathematics Education Teacher). Don't wait until the last minute to get help with this important document.
Step 3 - Dress for Success
Dress PROFESSIONALLY! You cannot undervalue a first impression so consider coming prepared for the job you hope to get.
For Women: A suit with a knee-length skirt or pants and blouse. A skirt or pants with a blouse and no jacket or a day dress that is structured and not too dressy is also acceptable. Shoes should be comfortable, appropriate to the outfit, and heels should not be too high.
For Men: A suit and tie is best with comfortable dress shoes. A long-sleeved dress shirt with a tie and no jacket is also acceptable.
Be sure to look at next week's blog for tips on how to be successful at a teacher fair.
Associate Director, Career Advancement, Brigham Young University
President, American Association for Employment in Education