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Teacher Recruitment Day

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Fair: 10am-12pm | Interviews: 12-4pm

Location: Festival Center Ballroom

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Employers Attending

Inclement Weather Policy

  • If the university opens by 10am, the Fair will run as scheduled that day.
  • In the event that the university closes when the Fair has already begun but is less than 2 hours into the event, the rest of the event on that day will be cancelled.
  • If the university closes when the Fair has already occurred for 2 hours, the rest of the event on that day will be cancelled.
  • If JMU cancels schools on the day of the event, Teacher Recruitment Day will not be rescheduled.
  • For JMU cancellation information go to or call 540-433-5300.

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What to Expect

The purpose of a career fair is to learn about jobs and internships, talk with employers representing different organizations, and network. Here are some other things to expect:

Employer set-up:

  • Employers are set-up side-by-side in aisles in the Festival Center Ballroom
  • When you check in at the fair, you will receive a map of how organizations are arranged.  


  • Since so many people are concentrated in one area, you can expect a lot of noise.  
  • If you’re a naturally quiet speaker, be conscious of an employer’s ability to hear you.


  • Employers will have giveaways to help promote their organization to you.  
  • Remember to focus on talking to the recruiter; not getting the giveaways.

Some employers leave early:

  • Depending on an employer’s distance to travel home, they may leave a little earlier than the official end of the fair.  
  • With that in mind, arrive to the fair as soon as you can.


  • Most employers will want to schedule an interview with you after the fair, so be prepared for this possibility.
  • If they don’t ask you for an interview, feel free to express your interest in interviewing with the school or school district.
  • Read more advice about interview preparation and ways to practice like InterviewStream.

Professional portrait photo booth:

  • Stop by our Professional Portrait photo booth while you're at the fair to have a professional profile image taken while you're dressed your best!
  • Use the photo for your portfolio or your LinkedIn account.

Talking with Employers

Employers send recruiters who can speak to students about the organization and available positions. 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:

  • Offer a handshake, and maintain eye contact as you provide your introduction.

Listen to the recruiter about organization and opportunities:

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


  • 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.

Offer resume:

  • Always introduce yourself before offering your resume.
  • An employer who attended one of our fairs commented, “Students were walking around sticking out their resumes.” This shouldn't be the first thing you do, and should at earliest come after you’ve introduced yourself and listened to the recruiter about their organization and opportunities.  
  • Often an employer will ask you if you have your resume.

Before leaving, ask employer:

  • For a business card or contact information.
  • The best way to follow-up with them.
  • A time frame of their hiring process.


  • If an employer has opted to stay, interviews will be conducted immediately following the career fair portion of the event. Most will interview at the same table, but some may have additional interviewing rooms.
  • During the career fair portion, employers will invite students to return for afternoon interviews. Not everyone will receive interviews on-site. And, not all employers will offer afternoon interviews.
  • Interviews will be conducted in 20 minute increments. When scheduling interviews, you may want to schedule in a 20-30 minute “cushion” to assure availability and time to prepare for the next interview.

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 fair and in your job search in general.


Current JMU students: Park in the student lots surrounding Festival. If you do not have a parking pass, you’ll need to purchase a day pass from Parking Services for this event.

Unregistered campus visitors (non-JMU students and employers): Park in lots R-10 and R-11 between the hours of 8am and 6pm on March 20, 2018. No parking permits will be necessary. Shuttles will be running from lots R-10 and R-11 to the Festival Ballroom throughout the event.

All regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit.

We encourage using our online parking map as a resource for visitors coming to campus.


Contact Courtney Pelfrey, Career & Academic Advisor, at or 540-568-6555.

Check out our calendar for upcoming workshops that can help you prepare.

Career & Academic Planning staff will also be available to answer any questions you might have during the fair. Look for us at the registration desk at the entrance to the Festival Ballroom.

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