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Virtual Teacher Recruitment Day

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Fair: 10AM-12PM | Interviews: 1PM-4PM

JMU Students register here.

Not a Student?

We Have Gone Virtual

We have transitioned to host our Spring 2021 Teacher Recruitment Day virtually. This decision was made with the safety of our students and employer partners in mind. The purpose of Teacher Recruitment Day is to learn about available jobs, talk with employers, and possibly interview in the afternoon. We highly recommend reviewing Handshake’s guide to attending virtual career fairs

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Who's coming

Stay tuned for the most up-to-date information and list of employers that are coming. Check out this brief tutorial on researching employers before the fair. Stay tuned for the most up-to-date information and list of employers that are coming. Check out this brief tutorial on researching employers before the fair.

Register

  • Log in to Handshake and click on "Events."
  • Select the "Career Fair" or "Virtual" filters.
  • "Virtual Teacher Recruitment Day Spring 2021."
  • Click the "Register" button.
  • Click the "View employer sessions" button and sign up for group and 1:1 sessions.

Prepare

 

Resume:

  • Be sure that your most up-to-date resume is uploaded to Handshake prior to the virtual fair date.
  • Learn more about the basics of resume writing and ways to have your resume reviewed in the resume section of our website.
  • If you’d like for someone to review your resume, feel free to reach out to Kate Bergey at bergeyka@jmu.edu, College of Education Career Liaison, to schedule an appointment through Handshake or come to her virtual drop-in hours.

Identify Organizations that Interest You:

  • Before Virtual Teacher Recruitment Day, it’s important to look up the list of employers attending.
  • Make a list of the organizations you would like to speak with first, so that you don't run out of time.
  • If you have time left over as you create your schedule, consider filling a time slot with a company you hadn’t considered before. Many employers are recruiting students who have the skills and personality that are a good fit for their organization.

Your Introduction in 1:1 Sessions:

  • You will only have a few minutes with a recruiter, so you want to prepare a succinct statement to introduce and sell your professional self. 
  • Include where you are now (your name, your academic programs, your year), where you have been (prior experiences that qualify you), and where you are going (the type of experience/position you are looking for).  
  • As the conversation with the employer progresses, you can also mention what excites you about working in this field or position, how your interests and skills align with what they might be seeking, or what you’re passionate about. Think about what might set you apart.
  • Need some practice? Record a video of yourself answering interview questions using our InterviewStream service online anytime 24/7.

Prepare Questions to Ask:

  • As you research organizations, write down your questions so you remember them during the fair. You can use school district websites, CareerBliss, Vault, and Handshake to do your research.
  • There’s nothing that makes you look less interested in an organization than not having any questions for them, so do your homework!
  • Bear in mind that your questions should not make the employer feel "put on the spot.” You are demonstrating your interest in the organization. 
  • This is not an appropriate time to ask questions about salary, but it’s a great time to ask questions about organization culture, training, and the selection process and timeline. 
  • Create your own questions, but here are some examples:
    • What kinds of skills and experience do you look for in the teachers you hire?
    • Does your organization hire on a continual basis or during specific times of the year?
    • How many years does a typical entry-level teacher stay within your school district?
    • What kind of opportunities do you have for ongoing training and professional development?
    •  What made you choose to work for this school or district?
  • If you prepare a written list of questions for your fair attendance, make sure to decide what you want to ask before you join your 1:1 session, so that you can maintain eye contact by looking at your webcam rather than your notes throughout your conversation.

Dress Professionally:

  • Wear a suit if you have one, but if not don’t let that keep you from attending the Fair. 
  • You want to dress professionally and respectfully, which includes ironing your clothes.
  • It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  • Test your computer equipment prior to the fair and ensure your camera and microphone are working.
  • Choose a location that does not have a distracting or unprofessional background, and be sure to limit the possibility of background noise when possible.
  • Read more professional attire tips.

Interviews:

  • Some employers may want to schedule a virtual interview with you in the afternoon of Teacher Recruitment Day, so after a group session or 1:1 session, be sure to check your email for any interview invitations or details.
  • Read more advice about interview preparation and ways to practice interviewing.
  • If you’d like additional assistance with preparing for interviews feel free to reach out to Kate Bergey at bergeyka@jmu.edu, College of Education Career Liaison, to schedule an appointment through Handshake or come to her virtual drop-in hours.

Talking with Employers

A recruiter’s job is to meet, recruit, and screen potential applicants, so don’t be intimidated. They want to talk with you. Many recruiters are also JMU alumni, which can be a point of connection. Here are some pointers for your conversations with recruiters.

Introduce Yourself:

  • Maintain eye contact rather than looking down at any notes as you provide your introduction (as described above).

Listen to the recruiter about organization and opportunities:

  • After you introduce yourself, the recruiter will describe and provide literature about their organization and opportunities.

Dialogue:

  • The employer will expect that you ask questions, and they will ask you questions.
  • You want to demonstrate confidence, enthusiasm, and interest for the organization. Don’t say anything negative about previous employers or experiences in college.

Before the session ends, ask the recruiter:

  • For their contact information.
  • The best way to follow up with them.
  • A time frame for their hiring process.

After the Fair:

  • Send thank you emails to recruiters that you spoke with if you are still interested in their opportunities.  This can easily set you apart from other candidates!
  • Develop an organizational system to track all of the recruiters and potential job leads you find at the Career Fair and in your job search in general.

Acessibility

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Let us know of anything you want us to be aware of by contacting Kate Bergey at bergeyka@jmu.edu.

Questions?

Contact Kate Bergey, College of Education Career Liaison, at bergeyka@jmu.edu with any questions. 

If you are an employer, visit our Virtual Teacher Recruitment Day: Employer Guide.

Check out our events calendar for upcoming workshops and resume review opportunities to help you prepare. We will also be available to answer any questions you might have during the Fair.

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