Note: This Article & Survey published on February 21, 2013
We asked all of you who attended a Recruiting Fair this season to take our short Poll & respond about YOUR recruiting experiences.
We’re thrilled to say over 50% of International teachers report: . YES! I got a job!
This school finally decided to have a look at me after they considered my vast international experience & what I’d save them in airfares.
I had 8 interviews, 6 offers & accepted a great offer from an A-List school. Now that I have gone through one fair, I am much more confident about the process.
Equally exciting is the result from nearly one-fifth of those polled:
NO! I didn’t attend a Recruiting Fair. I got a job ON MY OWN! How exciting! Are we sensing a trend for recruiting teachers who wish to avoid the time, money, frustration, weather difficulties & overall complications of flying thousands of miles around the world to a Recruiting Fair where hundreds of colleagues are vying for the same small pool of jobs?
I did some research & applied directly at a small school where I am enjoying myself immensely–staying for another year!
The two International jobs I have had since 2010 I received via SKYPE interviews. My resolve was to NEVER again attend a Fair.
Others report they are disillusioned with traditional Recruiting Fairs:
I spent over $5000 of my own money & neither fair gave me a good job offer. Seriously, would you wager $5000 with no guarantee of return of investment? I am kicking myself, asking why I did!
These fairs are nothing more than a chance for Search, ISS & others to make a lot of money at our expense & for the chance for school administrators to network & enjoy the perks of traveling. Let’s reduce our carbon footprint & at the same time send Search & school administrators a message.
The Recruiting Fairs are ongoing for a few more months. Be sure to add YOUR Vote to the Poll & share observations /comments with your colleagues. What do YOU have to add about your Recruiting Fair experience?