A fun game for all ages, especially if you're good at it. Think of recruitment fairs as a strategic game of memory. Many educators, new and veteran, will ask if they should attend recruitment fairs. Absolutely!


As someone looking into teaching, you may think I never took education classes in college. The great news is many states have alternative licensing programs. These programs allow you to teach, while earning your teacher license/credential.


Looking at teaching, we can spin this game differently to help educators find their dream job.


There are endless possibilities for your education career, keep growing your personal story by adding to your "have you ever" story.


Our profession has become more and more competitive. Districts are on the hunt for the best and the brightest. Our children deserve no less! Candidates are competing for jobs with others from all over. We recognize the shortages in areas of math, science, special education and world languages.


We are more digitally connected than ever before. Because of that I have become more digitally paranoid than ever before and frankly, it is a paranoia that I have embraced because it comes from the horror stories of careers being derailed and professional reputations trashed through the many forms of social media.


Similar to football, if you are going to be victorious in the job search game, it is what you do with the time prior to applying and interviewing for a job that will be most influential to obtaining the job you want. It will hinge on your game plan. Below are a few critical item to consider when putting together a strong game plan:


Students from underrepresented populations, who often face obstacles related to their minority status in society, stand to benefit from strong mentors--particularly ones who share the students' culture or other background. When navigating in a community that doesn't look like them, students can develop greater confidence in their ability to succeed when they have the support of someone who has already done so.


For the month of May, Career Corner's posts will be contributed by The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. AACTE is lending its expertise to the blog as the leading voice on educator preparation through the eyes of the renowned Holmes Scholars Program. With 25 years of promoting diversity in education through the inclusion of students from the most historically underrepresented backgrounds, the Holmes Scholars Program will share insights into increasing teacher diversity from preparation institution to the classroom.


School districts, charter schools and private schools are scrambling to fill their schools with qualified teachers, while the universities are producing fewer and fewer teachers. Over the last several years the candidate attendance at the fairs have been at a steady decline. Other locations across the country are even canceling fairs due to lack of job-seekers. Recruiters need to make the most of the dwindling number of job-seekers at career fairs.


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