Job Fair Like a Boss - Part 1 - Featuring Erin Lewis
I met Erin Lewis at the EDLC conference in June. We connected right away over our love for encouraging preservice teachers to get connected through social media. Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Science in Education, both from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Over the years she has taught elementary music, middle school band, and spent a few years during graduate school as a preschool teacher.
Erin currently has a full studio of private voice students and can often be found performing for a variety of events throughout the Western Pennsylvania Area. Erin currently works at Clarion University in the Center for Career and Professional Development and serves as a career liaison to Arts, Communication, Languages, Public & Human Services students, as well as, Environmental & Natural Resources and Math students. Erin has completed the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Coaching Intensive training. Erin advises Phi Eta Sigma, the freshmen honor society and serves as a programming mentor to Sigma Phi Epsilon. Currently she pursuing a doctoral degree in Communications Media & Instructional Technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Erin enjoys studying charisma and confidence, particularly as it relates to young adults and social media usage.
What are Job Fairs?
A job fair, also referred commonly as a career fair or career expo, is an event in which employers, recruiters, and schools give information to job seekers. These can be large-scale with hundreds of employers and thousands of job seekers, or smaller events. Job Fairs can even be virtual, which is especially great if you already know you plan to relocate to another state, country or geographic region!
What can candidates expect at a job fair?
large crowds, long lines & lots of noise
expect a registration line or check in -- I would always encourage you to PRE REGISTER in advance!
Typically this saves you time and a latte money -- you’ll be exhausted at the end of the day and you can then treat yo self with a trip to your favorite coffee shop to unwind!
Expect to meet with SEVERAL recruiters/schools/hiring professionals and to talk about yourself
Expect screening interviews, not final interviews
Strengths, weaknesses, questions about the school or program
Expect to hear “apply online”
Alright Edumagician’s - here are my Top 5 (6-10 will be posted next week) Job Fair Success Tips
1) Quality Resume
Before you do anything related to your job search -- make sure your resume is polished & professional
Use your career center’s resume review service
they KNOW what employers expect and can help with keywords
Prepare SEVERAL copies of your resume to take with you to the job fair
You will want one resume for each school district + several EXTRA copies
It is also a good idea to bring along business cards and your teaching portfolio
SOME schools or recruiters cannot accept resumes because of their application process -- if you have business cards, this is a great way to connect!
*VistaPrint = 100 business card for $16
2) Elevator Pitch
This is your 30-second commercial to make a sincere and memorable impression
This gets the employer’s attention and introduces who you are in a short period of time
Name, School, & Certification Area
Experiences with children and teaching
What type of opportunity are you seeking
What is a strength or qualification you have that relates to this position
(extend your hand to shake the recruiter’s hand!) Hi, My name is Jane and I’m a secondary education mathematics major at ABC College and I’ve been working with children since I was in tenth grade. I was a camp counselor at a STEM camp for girls each summer from 10th grade on, and had the opportunity to student teach many different levels of mathematics. I see your school has an opening for a math teacher and I”m interested in relocating to South Carolina. Can you tell me more about your school district?
TIP: use your phone to record yourself and playback to edit and refine. It is a great to practice!
** you want your elevator pitch to be smooth and natural, not robotic and rehearsed!
** Job Fairs draw big crowds! You’ll need to find a way to stand out & shine like the Edumagician you are! ** It CAN be intimidating and overwhelming! Remind yourself that the employers have paid a lot of money to attend the fair to meet YOU and then take a deep breath, put on your beautiful smile and walk right up to the recruiter.
Use the job fair directory (app, website or list you were emailed!) to see who is coming to the fair
View websites to help you align schools’ goals with your skills
LinkedIn is anot