NEW MEXICO CHARTER SCHOOLS ANNUAL JOB FAIR
In an effort to provide support for New Mexico charter schools in filling vacancies at their schools, the Association of Charter School Education Services (ACES) is hosting the 4th Annual New Mexico Charter Schools Job Fair on April 11, 2019. The Job Fair will provide the opportunity for New Mexico charter schools to connect with educators, accept applications from potential employees and conduct preliminary interviews.
Previous year’s Job Fairs were great successes with over 30 schools attending and over 100 job seekers participating each year.
ACES will be advertising the event through a number of national (national job sites), state (ABQ Journal, Department of Work Force Solutions, NM colleges and universities), and local sources (Craigslist and school websites) to attract as many candidates as possible that are seeking positions in the field of education in New Mexico.
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: 21st Century Public Academy, 4300 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Job seekers are asked to pre-register by contacting
Dr. Jaime Tamez at Jaime.T@nmaces.org
no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019.
LIST OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
Suggestions Job Seekers on How to Prepare
for the New Mexico Charter School Job Fair
Review your resume. Make sure you create a resume that is worthy of you. This means that the information that you choose to select must represent you and all of your accomplishments. Be sure that it looks professional, and is free of errors. Make enough copies to hand out to every school district and then some.
Know your goals. Be prepared to be asked what your educational and future goals are. Make a list of at least 3-5 goals that you have and memorize them.
Research schools. Do your research, review which schools are going to be at the fair and learn about them. Explore school websites and learn as much as you can about them and the programs they implement at their school. The recruiter may ask you what you know about their schools, so make sure you are prepared to answer.
Be prepared. Think of all of the questions that you have for each specific school that you are interested in and make a list. Ask about which jobs are available, other ways they can help you get a teaching job, and any career opportunities that they may have. You can ask specific questions, such as “What advice would you give someone who wants to secure a teaching position within your school? Or “Do you have any substitute teaching opportunities?”
Look Professional. Prepare a professional outfit to wear to the fair.
At the Fair
Now that you are prepared it’s time to try and relax and enjoy the event. Be sure to arrive early to avoid the long lines. Find the schools that you are interested in and introduce yourself to each recruiter. Be sure to shake their hand and give them direct eye contact. Try to keep your energy high, since you will have to market yourself over and over again to each representative. It is imperative that you stay positive and friendly as you move about throughout the job fair. Be prepared to market yourself. Recruiters may ask you specific questions about yourself, your goals and your skills. Think of something that will make you stand out above the rest of the people at the fair. If you have a specialized degree, or speak another language, tell them. Don’t worry about repeating yourself, because each school will not be sharing details about you. Before leaving each recruiter desk, ask for a follow-up. Find out the hiring process and when you need to get your application in by.
After the Fair
Once the fair is over, send a thank you letter to the schools that you are interested in. Include details in the note that will help them remember you. For example, if you told them you speak Spanish, be sure to include that in the note. Also, outline what you discussed with the representative, any new information that you learned while speaking with them, your qualifications, and so on.
Now that you have invested all of this time preparing, participating, and following up on the job fair, make sure it wasn’t all for nothing. Devise a plan to follow up even further on the schools that interest you. For example, call the school and say that you are just following up on the application you sent in. Anything you can do to show that you are genuinely interested and enthusiastic about a career in their school will be an asset to you.