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  • 1. Get Ready for theGet Ready for the Education Career FairEducation Career Fair University of Kansas University Career Center 785-864-3624
  • 2. AgendaAgenda  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 ExpectWhat to Expect  Takes place on Wednesday, November 3 from 12:30-3:30 pm in the Kansas Union Ballroom (5th Floor)  Over 50 school districts represented from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Texas  Opportunity for you to talk to school district administrators and learn more about their district and their current or future hiring needs  Some may conduct brief 15 minute screening interviews
  • 4. How to PrepareHow to Prepare  Update your resume  Research districts of interest  Develop your personal infomercial  Prepare your outfit  Pack your bag
  • 5. Update/Create Teaching-Update/Create Teaching- Focused ResumeFocused Resume  A personality assessment that looks at 8 personality preferences that everyone uses at different times.  These 8 preferences are organized into 4 opposite pairs that describe 4 dimensions of personality type ELLE M. ENTRY 123 Jayhawk Road ▪ Lawrence, Kansas 66045 ▪ 555-555-1234 ▪ OBJECTIVE To obtain an elementary teaching position in an inclusive classroom setting. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education Expected May 2011 The University of Kansas Lawrence, KS • GPA: 3.8/4.0 • Will complete 15 hours of graduate study while completing licensure requirements in 5-year program. LICENSURE Kansas Elementary Education Two-Year Initial License, Grades K-6 Effective June 2011 TEACHING EXPERIENCE Teaching Intern Spring 2011 South Park Elementary School, Shawnee Mission USD 512 Merriam, KS • Looking forward to actively engaging 19 kindergartners in learning across the curriculum • Plan to create and implement an integrated thematic unit on frogs through collaboration with cooperating teacher and others • Will pilot a research project concerning reverse mentoring and use of technology by classroom teachers Student Teacher Fall 2010 New Stanley Elementary School, Kansas City, Kansas USD 500 Kansas City, KS • 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” strategies • Planned and facilitated daily reading and math groups resulting in significant increase in reading levels for below average readers • Coordinated field trip for 21 students to Natural History Museum in Lawrence, Kansas ADDITIONAL RELATED EXPERIENCE Football Coach September-October 2009-2010 Kansas City Parks and Recreation Kansas City, KS • Successfully instructed 25 fifth-grade boys from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in football and fitness fundamentals • Coordinated registration and practice schedule • Planned and led practice twice per week, coached Saturday games Softball Instructor July – August 2008-2010 Lawrence 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 • Encouraged teamwork and lifelong wellness skills MEMBERSHIPS School of Education Student Organization – Member 2009-Present Kansas National Education Association – Student Member 2010-Present Kansas Association of Teachers of Science – Student Member 2010-Present Only list schools you received degrees from. Put the date that you will complete your 5th year, not the date you completed your BSE coursework. Might include a bullet point description of how many hours of graduate coursework you’ve completed. Be sure to group all of your relevant experience into one section. Include student teaching, internships, field experience, and volunteer experience. Put other experience into another section, such as Additional Experience Since dates aren’t as important as job title and descriptions of what you did, it’s better to put the dates on the right side rather than the left. General Rules: Keep it to a page - Be consistent in your formatting, use of bullet points, use of bolding/ italics/ Don’t forget to include your licensure and endorsement area(s) on your resume Include an objective for the Education Career Fair. Keep it concise. Start job descriptions with active verbs (i.e., developed, led, created, organized, etc.) Focus on accomplishments and outcomes of your work, not just responsibilities or duties.
  • 6. How to PrepareHow to Prepare Research 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, you might want to 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
  • 7. How to PrepareHow to Prepare Sample 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
  • 8. How to PrepareHow to Prepare Develop your 30-second professional introduction  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
  • 9. How to PrepareHow to Prepare Prepare Your Outfit  Highly recommended that you wear a suit or business casual at the very least  Dark blue, black or grey is recommended (keep it conservative)  Make sure skirts are at least knee length  Keep your accessories very minimal  Remove distracting piercings  No strong cologne or perfume  Finishing touches – polish shoes, matching belt, socks
  • 10. How to PrepareHow to Prepare Pack Your Bag  What to bring  15-20 resumes on resume paper  Nice folder/portfolio  Paper (with your questions) and pen  Mints, kleenex  A smile and a positive attitude  Your KUID number (for check-in)  What NOT to bring  Large bag/backpack  Portfolio  Cover letters  References  Gum  Cell phone with ringer on  Unprofessional dress
  • 11. Make a Positive Impression atMake a Positive Impression at the Fairthe Fair  Review the event guide/map to identify where districts are located  Check your appearance, take a deep breath and greet everyone with a firm handshake and a smile  Remember to introduce yourself using your 30- second introduction and offer your resume  Remain patient and friendly while waiting in line  Ask thoughtful, relevant questions  Exude confidence, but not arrogance (smile! )  Request a business card or contact information of districts you are especially interested in  Don’t monopolize a district’s time
  • 12. Make a Positive Impression atMake a Positive Impression at the Fairthe Fair  Tell me about yourself.  Why do you want to be a teacher?  What do you know about our district?  What teaching experience do you have?  What leadership experience do you have?  What skills do you have that make you an effective teacher?  Why did you choose your certification/endorsement area?  Tell me about extracurricular activities you’ve been involved with while a student.  What questions do you have for us? Be prepared to answer questions like:
  • 13. How to Follow UpHow to Follow Up After the FairAfter the Fair  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
  • 14. How the University CareerHow the University Career Center Can Help…Center Can Help…  Individual appointment with a career coach to review your resume and cover letter, and conduct a mock interview  Optimal Resume – online tool to help you build your own resume  Education Resource Page -sample education resume, practice interview questions, credential forms, links to education job posting resources
  • 15. Mark Your Calendar!Mark Your Calendar!  Education Career Fair  Wednesday, November 3, 2010  12:30-3:30 pm  Kansas Union Ballroom   Education Interview Day  Tuesday, March 1, 2011  8:30am-4:00pm  Kansas Union Ballroom  Sign up in early January for interviews  Go to for more information
  • 16. Contact Us!Contact Us! University Career CenterUniversity Career Center 110 Burge Union 864-3624