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Old 01-21-2009, 06:03 PM
 
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I inquired to the district about current vacancies. They informed me that there is a job fair in April. My question is does anyone know anything about this fair. I would be coming from Philadelphia so I just wanted to make sure it is worth the travel. I have been to job fairs before not for teaching but they never really turned out to be worth it. I appreciate feedback in advance.
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:11 PM
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I posted this on the Raleigh site about an hour ago:

I have pursued two teaching jobs in NC. I got them both. I never even considered a job fair.

You need to do the following:
1) Determine where you want to teach
2) Go to that county's school district site..Most in NC are county districts, though there are some exceptions
3) Check for openings
4) Call the HR person, confirm opening, ask some questions. Don't tell them you are going to call the school. They will probably say no, and then you are at odds with the folks who will ultimately hire you (at least formally).
5.) Call School, ask to speak to Principal/Asst. (Don't call at start or close of school day. If they cannot/will not speak to you, that is a pretty good hint that they do not need you and you certainly do not need them.
6. Talk to them. This is the time of year they are beginning to learn of folks leaving at the end of the year.
7. Offer to fly down and talk to them if they are interested.

You will get hired at the local level -- so attack/pursue the problem at that level.

good luck.

lln
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:21 PM
 
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thanks for the advice. i inquired with the district and they sent me information about the job fair. I have been to a few fairs and they never turned into anything but a waste of gas.
Thanks again!
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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I went to the job fair 2 years ago, and I was very impressed. I think it would be worth your while, because you can talk to representatives from each of the schools to get a feel for the school's needs, philosophy, etc. Also, they interview & hire on the spot. The only thing is with budget cuts, there may not be as many vacancies to fill for next school year.
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Union County
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Not sure of when the CMS fair is, but Union County Schools job fair is April 24th. I would not call schools and ask for the P or AP, I would email them your resume. Few will take a call like that because of the volume of calls similar to that. There are still plenty of jobs out there. CMS will hire on the spot and they will have plenty of openings just with the nature of how large they are and how many people move/relocate/resign/retire/forced out. Best of luck to you!
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:41 PM
 
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the hire on the spot really? i have never heard of such a thing at job fairs. i will look into it.
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