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Old 04-26-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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NCTASPA Job Fair: May 3, 2010, Arlington

Anyone attended this particular job fair in past years? I would appreciate any tips as to what to expect, and strategies for attendance. Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:29 AM
 
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IF you don't have a specific appointment with a school district be prepared for the crush of a lifetime...
there will be probably 1500-2000 people there--
there will be people in line before 7AM (maybe 6) I am sure in hopes that by getting in the door first they can sign up for vacant interview spots--
notice that the web site/flyer says that it closes at 230 AND there is no guarantee that any districts will stay late for interviews...
time after 230 or 3 will probably be for people who do have desired skills that were flagged at registration vs screened from their applications at districts' on-line web sites
maybe some people who did not apply to outlying districts will decide to take a risk with smaller/farther way ISDs just to get a job...

my daughter has been there--it is no fun
wear comfortable shoes and dress professionally--I think some people don't really understand what that means unfortunately from photos I have seen at past job fairs...

have plenty of resumes--and a cover sheet that has succinct review of your information--
the flyer says to have copies of your certifications, transcripts, etc--just be very careful with that info--

you won't be able to hear your phone ring--if you are expecting to get calls--
the parking lot will fill up
and there is no place close to walk --that is the operative word--there are restaurants along the frontage road of freeway and in that area--but there is nothing at the convention center--and the parking lot is big--
you can bring a lunch
vending machines will likely sell out of drinks because they don't usually restock during the day

this is old photo from star-telegram (FTW local paper)
Google Image Result for http://startelegram.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c2cc953ef01156f825877970c-800wi
photo from March 2009--and link to article that year about scarce teaching jobs you might want to try
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Old 04-28-2010, 12:09 AM
 
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Oh my gosh! I HATE job fairs, especially that one! Everything loves2read says is correct. There are so many people you cannot walk. You’ll be lucky to get to the table of a district you’re interested in and hand them your resume/cover letter/whatever-else-makes-up-your-packet. I have registered, and I will go, but only because I actually got a job (five years ago) by going to it. It took until the very end of the summer for the resume I turned in to make it to my principal’s desk, but it did and the week before school started I was hired. So, I feel like I might “jinx” something by not going…

By the way, calif7ornia, I just answered your (long-ago-asked) question about my Keller-to-Lewisville ISD commute in the other thread. (Short answer is 45 minutes to Flower Mound, and that was a few years ago. I'm sure it would take longer now.)
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:49 PM
 
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good luck to any and all going to this
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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So how was that job fair--
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:53 AM
 
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Well, it was crowded, that is for sure! For me, it was a positive experience. I did sign up for an interview with Denton ISD and that worked out nicely. I spoke to Birdville, Castleberry, and Fort Worth also. I skipped Keller and Northwest, because all they were doing was telling people to apply online. I got some valuable information and referrals, so I think it was worthwhile. We shall see...
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:01 AM
 
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glad that you got some face time--Denton is a smaller district but if you lived there and did not have big commute there are some good schools--
Bridville would be the best of the other three--Castleberry and FTW have similar demographics and I think Castleberry probably fewer resources == smaller district
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:56 PM
 
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Any call backs?
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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Well, it was crowded, that is for sure! For me, it was a positive experience. I did sign up for an interview with Denton ISD and that worked out nicely. I spoke to Birdville, Castleberry, and Fort Worth also. I skipped Keller and Northwest, because all they were doing was telling people to apply online. I got some valuable information and referrals, so I think it was worthwhile. We shall see...
I wonder if you had said that you already applied online what they would have said....

Just sayin'
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:12 PM
 
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I wonder if you had said that you already applied online what they would have said....

Just sayin'
When I did that at a previous job fair they just smiled and said "Okay, great, then you're all set!"
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