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  • 1. Get Ready toAttendEducation CareerFair!Melissa JohnsonUniversity Career Center110 Burge
  • 2. Agenda What to expect How to prepare before the Fair What to do at the Fair How to follow up after the Fair How the UCC Can Help
  • 3. What to Expect Takes place on Wednesday, November 7 from 12:30-3:30 pm in the Kansas Union Ballroom Over 40 school districts represented from Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
  • 4. What to Expect Opportunity for you to talk to administrators and learn more about their district and current or future hiring needs Some may conduct brief 15-min screening interviews
  • 5. How to Prepare Update your resume Research districts of interest Develop your personal infomercial Prepare your outfit Pack your bag
  • 6. The 3 C’s – Resume Guidelines1. Customized: Make sure your resume looks like you are applying for the type of job you are actually applying for. Tailor it to the position.2. Concise: Use bulleted action statements and keep it 1 or 2 pages.3. Clean: Make sure your resume is easy to read by:  Sticking to easy to read fonts, like: Times New Roman, Arial, Arial Narrow, Tahoma, Verdana, and Bookman Old Style.  Using between 10-12 pt font for resume content.  Utilizing your margins well – 1” margins  Using consistent formatting throughout
  • 7. ELLE M. ENTRY123 Jayhawk Road ▪ Lawrence, Kansas 66045 ▪ 555-555-1234 ▪ OBJECTIVE Update/Create Teaching-FocusedOBJECTIVETo obtain an elementary teaching position in an inclusive classroom setting for the 2013-2014 school year. ‐ Include an Objective for Ed FairEDUCATION EDUCATIONBachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education Expected May 2013 ResumeThe University of Kansas Lawrence, KS ‐ List degrees you are currently pursuing • GPA: 3.8/4.0 or have completed • Will complete 15 hours of graduate study while completing licensure requirements in 5-year program.LICENSURE LICENSUREKansas Two-Year Initial License in Elementary Education, Grades K-6 Effective June 2013 A personality assessment that looks at 8 personality ‐ List your endorsement area(s), gradeTEACHING EXPERIENCE levels and effective dateTeaching Intern Spring 2013 preferences that everyone uses at different times.South Park Elementary School, Shawnee Mission USD 512 Merriam, KS • Looking forward to actively engaging 19 kindergartners in learning across the curriculum EXPERIENCE • Plan to create and implement an integrated thematic unit on frogs through collaboration with cooperating teacher and others ‐ Group all of your relevant experience (ie, Teaching, Coaching) into 1 or 2 • Will pilot a research project concerning reverse mentoring and use of technology by classroom teachers sections. Include student teaching,Student Teacher Fall 2012 internships, field experience, andNew Stanley Elementary School, Kansas City, Kansas USD 500 Kansas City, KS These 8 preferences are organized into 4 opposite pairs • Completed student teaching in fourth and fifth grade combination classroom for six weeks • Created positive learning environment for 21 students with consistent classroom management using “cooperative discipline” ‐ tutoring , and/or coaching experience. Put less relevant experience into a that describe 4 dimensions of personality type strategies separate section, such as Additional • Planned and facilitated daily reading and math groups resulting in significant increase in reading levels for below average Experience readers • Coordinated field trip for 21 students to Natural History Museum in Lawrence, Kansas DESCRIPTIONSCOACHING EXPERIENCE ‐ Start job descriptions with active verbsFootball Coach September-October 2012 (i.e., developed, led, created,Kansas City Parks and Recreation Kansas City, KS organized, etc.) • Successfully instructed 25 fifth-grade boys from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in football and fitness ‐ Include 3-6 action statements that fundamentals emphasize topics taught, type of • Coordinated registration and practice schedule school and students, assessments, and • Planned and led practice twice per week, coached Saturday games creative ways you conveyedSoftball Instructor July – August 2011 knowledgeLawrence High School Summer Softball Camp Lawrence, KS • Assisted head softball coach with both elementary and junior high sessions • Planned learning strategies and practice for group of 20 girls ADDITIONAL SECTIONS • Encouraged teamwork and lifelong wellness skills ‐ Honors & AwardsMEMBERSHIPS ‐ Volunteer ExperienceSchool of Education Student Organization – Member 2011-Present ‐ Study AbroadKansas National Education Association – Student Member 2012-Present
  • 8. How to PrepareResearch Districts of Interest Check for a list of attending school districts Visit district websites to conduct some initial research before the event Prioritize and target 8-10 school districts that you want to talk to at the Fair If you have time, complete their online application prior to the Fair (only if you are completing your program this year) Prepare a few thoughtful questions to ask district representatives at the Fair
  • 9. How to PrepareSample Questions for Recruiters What are your current or anticipated vacancies for the upcoming academic year? What qualities, characteristics or experience do you typically look for in a new teacher? What extracurricular activity opportunities might be available? What are you most proud of about your school/school district? What would faculty, students, and parents say are the strengths of your school/school district? What is the typical hiring timeline and process for your district?
  • 10. How to PrepareDevelop your 30-second professional intro It should include: – A firm handshake and smile – Your name – Your major – Your program completion date – Brief summary of relevant experience – Your interest in their district Follow up with a question
  • 11. How to PreparePrepare Your Outfit Highly recommended that you wear a suit or business casual at the very least Keep your accessories very minimal No strong cologne or perfume Professional Clothing Closet
  • 12. How to PreparePack Your BagWhat to bring 15-20 copies of your resume Nice folder to keep resume What NOT to bring copies, paper, etc.  Large bag/backpack Paper (with your questions)  Teaching Portfolio and pen  Cover letters Mints, kleenex  References A smile and a positive attitude  Gum Your KUID number (for  Cell phone with ringer on check-in)
  • 13. Make a Positive Impression Review the event guide/map to identify where districts are located Greet everyone with a firm handshake and a smile Remember to introduce yourself using your 30-second  Exude confidence, but not introduction and offer your arrogance (smile! ) resume  Request a business card of Remain patient and friendly districts you are interested in while waiting in line  Don’t monopolize a Ask thoughtful, relevant district’s time questions
  • 14. Make a Positive ImpressionBe prepared to answer questions like: Tell me about yourself. What skills do you have that make you an effective teacher? Why did you choose your endorsement area? What teaching experience do you have?  Why do you want to be a What do you know about our teacher? district?  What leadership experience Tell me about extracurricular do you have? activities you’ve been involved  What questions do you have? with while a student.
  • 15. Follow Up Organize the information you collected, make notes Write a thank you note or email to each district you are interested in (great opportunity to send a targeted resume and cover letter as well) Conduct any follow up that was requested at the Fair, including completing online applications, uploading your resume and reference letters
  • 16. How the UCC Can Help… Individual appointment with a career coach to review your resume and cover letter, and conduct a mock interview Resume Dropbox - allows students to send their resume to our office for review and receive feedback within 1-2 days Education Resource Page – - includes Education resume samples, practice interview questions for PK-12 interviews, and information about reference letters Optimal Resume and Optimal Interview - Online tools to help you build a resume as well as help you enhance your interviewing skills
  • 17. Mark Your Calendar!Education Career Fair Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:30-3:30 pm, Kansas Union Ballroom Interview Day Tuesday, March 5, 2013 8:30am-3:00pm, Kansas Union Ballroom Sign up for interviews January 19-February 17 Go to for more information
  • 18. University Career Center 110 Burge Union