110 Texas schools expected for Teacher Job Fair today

Career Services is sponsoring the Spring Teacher Job Fair today from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. The annual job fair provides an excellent opportunity for students to talk to school representatives, ask questions, give out their resumes and possibly interview for teaching positions.

Looking for a job in any field is not easy. To assist in the quest for a career in education, SHSU Career Services has organized the job fair so students can talk to representatives from many different schools in one day and in one convenient location.

This semester’s Teacher Job Fair will consist of representatives from 110 Texas schools. Not only will students be able to get information about Houston area schools, but representatives will be on hand from Dallas, San Antonio and Austin area districts as well.

According to Lena Munn, staff assistant and coordinator of career fairs for Career Services, students from all areas of study are welcome to attend the fair and professional dress is highly recommended.

“Take plenty of resumes because some districts are ready to interview that day,” Munn said.

She said it is especially important to take resumes if a student is interested in a particular district. This will allow the student to leave the resume and application with the representative as they are meeting with them.

“Any teaching experience, including nursery, Sunday school, or church help should be included on a resume,” Munn said.

Including any teaching experience is helpful but experience is not necessary, she said.

Munn said representatives will have information tables on the floor of the coliseum. Upon arrival at the event, students are advised to enter the coliseum on the west side through gates 26 and 27.

There will be information at the door as to which schools and districts are in attendance and where they are located on the coliseum floor. There is also a list of attending schools on the SHSU Web site on the Career Services page.

The next Teacher Job Fair will be held on Oct. 8. It is recommended that students attend the fair at least one semester before graduation so they can get an idea about the hiring process in advance.

Munn said the current demand for teachers varies depending on location of the district.

“Some districts are bringing up to seven representatives,” Munn said. “This is usually a good indication that they are looking to talk to a lot of people.”

In addition to the Teacher Job Fair, Career Services offers a summer job fair in February and a Career Expo in September.

They also have vast resources that are available to all students. Some of the services available through Career Services are career advising, including career plans, resumes, job searching and strategies, resume development and mock interviewing.

Career Services can also help students understand what they can do with their major and what career opportunities exist within their selected major. They also have research resources such as job banks, career information handbooks and internship information.

For more information on the Teacher Job Fair or any of the services offered by Career Services contact them at 294-1713 or stop by the Career Services office at 919 16th St.

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