February 26, 2014

Student Union Apollo Room


Matching teacher and school counselor candidates with school districts for the 2014-2015 academic year.

This event is designed for Wright State University student and alumni job candidates who will be licensed to teach prior to the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

590 interviews were conducted at the 2013 Education Fair and Interview Day.

Two events in one day

  1. Open Fair: Introduce yourself to school districts, and learn more about their opportunities. You may be able to schedule an interview for later in the day,
  2. Pre-Scheduled Interviews: School districts conduct scheduled interviews in booths in the Apollo Room. These are scheduled in The Wright Search prior to the event.

Information for Job Candidates

Activities preparing job candidates for Education Fair and Interview Day begin several months prior to the event.

Familiarize yourself with the schedule of deadlines leading up to the event as well as the schedule for the day and tips for your success.


Timeline & Tips for Education Fair & Interview Day

By January 10, 2014: Activate your profile in The Wright Search

Follow these three steps:

  1. Develop an educator's résumé
  2. Complete a profile and upload your résumé in The Wright Search database for access to:
  • Sign up for Pre-Scheduled Interviews at Education Fair and Interview Day
  • Sign up for Mock Interviews
  • Updates from Career Services about recruiting
  1. Upload résumé every 30 days and set "Allow Employer Viewing?" to "Yes."
  • Teacher candidates who do not do this miss job opportunities

1. Develop an educator’s résumé

Career Services offers:

  • Assistance for creating a new résumé
  • Review of an existing résumé

Schedule an appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except university holidays.  Call (937) 775-2556.

In the Career Resource Center, E334 Student Union, review a variety of noncirculating materials that advise on résumé, portfolio creation,and job search correspondence.

Résumé tips for your education job search

  • Organize information from top to bottom, left to right, with the most relevant information toward the top of the page.
  • As you move down the page, information should still be relevant, but less so.
  • In the top left quarter of the page include: Objective, Education, License, Student Teaching.
  • Résumés are most easily used by school districts if they are one page. If your experience and accomplishments are significant enough to fill two pages and they are relevant to the job you are seeking, two pages are acceptable.
  • Provide details of your successes in teaching, student teaching and related youth development activities.
  • In describing your teaching responsibilities, start each task or duty description with an action verb that describes the essence of your duty.
  • For example: "Communicated curriculum goals to parents." "Organized field trip to natural history museum."
  • Include class projects of significant duration or impact in a "Projects" section on your résumé.
  • Include professional development, volunteer activities, professional affiliations, and clubs.

Do not include:

  • Personal information; family, religion, hobbies unrelated to job
  • High school activities unless they are of national or international prominence,
  • References; list these on a separate page.
  • References are presented only when specifically requested by the employer, usually late in the interview process.
  • Use the same heading for the reference page and cover letter that you use for your résumé.
  • When you use the same heading and layout on all documents, you have created a self-marketing packet with a consistent image.
  • “References available upon request”; this is obvious, of course you will provide them!

More Résumé Tips


2. Complete your profile and upload résumé in The Wright Search

To sign up for Pre-Scheduled Interviews, candidates must be enrolled in The Wright Search including a complete Profile and an uploaded résumé.

When establishing your new account, allow 24 business hours for Career Services processing of your submission before reentering to use The Wright Search tools.


3. Every 30 days: upload résumé and set viewing preference

To have your résumé available for review by employers in The Wright Search, you must upload your resume every 30 days and set 'Allow Employer Viewing?' to 'Yes.'

If you fail to take this step, your information becomes inactive and employers will not see it.


Create and manage your account or log in right now!

During January 14-24, 2014: Sign up for Mock Interviews that occur January 27-29

You may schedule one Mock Interview.

About Mock Interviews

  • Limited in number - first come, first served sign up
  • Offered to Wright State University College of Education and Human Services licensure candidates and Wright State University alumni who will be licensed to teach in the upcoming school year and who completed their profile and uploaded their résumé in The Wright Search
  • Conducted by local school district administrators
  • Held in Career Services, E334 Student Union, Dayton campus, 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Instructions for Mock Interview Sign Up

  1. Log in to your account in The Wright Search with your UID and PIN.
  2. Select Schedules on the toolbar.
  3. Select Qualified Schedules from the drop down menu.
  4. From the list that appears, select the interview number that corresponds to Mock Interviews.
  5. Select Sign Up link to review specific interview times (be sure your screen is maximized).
  6. To sign up for a specific interview time, select the Sign Up link corresponding to your desired interview time (this link is in the same row as the preferred time).
  7. If this schedule is full, you will receive a message that says "There are no timeslots available."
  8. Once the window opens for your desired interview time, select the appropriate resume from the available pull-down list and then select Sign Up.
  9. A pop-up window will appear, with the message that you have successfully signed up for your selected interview.
  10. Make note of the time and day. This information will also be available under the My Account Tab, in the My Activity option, in the Schedules tab.
  11. No Cancelations once the Mock Interview Schedule closes.
  12. Only one mock interview per candidate will be allowed.

If you have difficulty using The Wright Search to sign up for interviews, revisit The Wright Search Orientation


Make a good interview impression

Appropriate suit

Polished résumé

Manage the interview

Protocol after the interview

Beginning January 16, 2014: Prepare for event sign up!

  1. Review participating school districts and licensures of lnterest.
    Licensures requested by participating school districts will be available for review in Future Schedules, under the Schedules tab, in your account inside The Wright Search.
  2. Research school districts websites to learn more about the school district.
    Recruiters expect you to do this before talking to them.
  3. Practice:

On January 22, 2014: Attend Meet the Experts panel

Meet the Experts Panel Presentation
4 to 6 p.m.
E156 Student Union, Dayton campus

A panel of local school district hiring managers will answer questions about:

  • résumés
  • appropriate interview attire
  • interview questions you can expect
  • effective follow-up procedures

Come with questions

After a brief introduction, Wright State candidates direct their questions to the panel regarding the teacher hiring process.

If you have a class during this time frame, please feel free to come late or leave early. Any amount of time you are able to spend with the experts will benefit you.

On January 28, 29 & 30, 2014: Participate in Mock Interviews

Advance signup required in January, through The Wright Search.


Mock Interviews,
3:30 to 7 p.m.,
Career Services,
E334 Student Union on the Dayton campus.

For WSU students and alumni who will be licensed teacher candidates for the upcoming school year.


  • Interviews are pre-scheduled in January, through The Wright Search
  • Interviews are conducted by school district hiring officials
  • Wear a suit to your Mock Interview! Appropriate interview dress
  • During mock interviews, practice interview presentation skills
  • Discover information you will be expected to communicate
  • Learn how to promote yourself as a teacher
  • Receive feedback on your non-verbals
  • Gain insight and get tips about the teacher selection process
  • Ask for the administrator’s business card or contact information
  • Send a thank you letter to the administrator with whom you interviewed within 48 hours

During February 5-12, 2014: Sign up for Education Fair & Interview Day

During the Interview portion of the event, candidates meet with employers for pre-scheduled interviews.

During the one week, advance sign-up period, use The Wright Search to schedule Education Fair & Interview Day interviews, if you meet licensure requirements specified by school district.

Interview schedules open in The Wright Search on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 5 a.m., Eastern Time Zone.
Interview times for school districts in high demand fill quickly.
Prioritize the order in which you will sign up.
The number of users is heavy, so use your most reliable and fastest internet option. High speed internet access is recommended.
Mobile devices, wireless connection, and some service providers may be slower.


Directions to sign up for Education Fair & Interview Day interviews, February 26, 2014:

  1. As you go, make notes about the times and districts for which you sign up.
    Refer to these notes to prevent scheduling two interviews at the same time.
  2. Log in to The Wright Search
  3. Select Schedules on the toolbar
  4. Select Qualified Schedules from the drop down menu;
    You will see only those school districts that have openings for your licensure.
  5. From the list that appears, select a school district.
  6. Select the Sign Up button
  7. Select the Session ID
  8. Identify your preferred interview time; check that your window is maximized onscreen and select the Sign Up option that corresponds to your preferred interview time.
  9. If the schedule is full, you will receive a message that says “There are no timeslots available.”
  10. Continue to check The Wright Search for interview opportunities.
    Changes occur: candidates may cancel or change schedules; districts may add interviewers.
    You may find openings up to the last day.
    In addition, school districts may reserve some of their time slots to fill with candidates they meet at Open Fair.
  11. No cancelations once the interview schedule closes on The Wright Search.

Difficulty using The Wright Search to sign up for interviews?
Contact Charlene Walker, charlene.walker@wright.edu

Printable instructions for interview sign up (PDF)

During February 15-22, 2014: Research schools & prepare for the event

A good impression is not made by chance. Use the tips on this page to deliberately plan and prepare for success at Education Fair and Interview Day.

Research school districts that will attend

  • Find the district’s website and read about their mission, schools, news, enrollment and staff
  • Evaluate how your experience and interests will fit the district
  • Formulate questions to ask them

Stay updated

  • Keep checking The Wright Search list of participating school districts and interview opportunities
  • Districts continue to register for the event
  • Candidates may cancel or change their schedule

Practice your general presentation skills

  • Professional dress is expected at Education Fair and Interview Day.
    Tips for appropriate professional dress
  • Excess jewelry must be removed for the interviewing situation, including multiple ear piercings and other body piercings.
  • Hair should be well-groomed and conservatively styled.
  • Practice a firm handshake, but not so firm that it crushes.
  • Practice your smile. A comfortable smile conveys confidence and approachability.
  • Mentally prepare a 20 second introduction for yourself: who you are, your license, and your interest in the district and a particular teaching position.
    The elevator speech
  • Prepare to maintain your own eye contact during discussions with recruiters and interviews.
  • Practice presenting your résumé.
    Districts will have a copy of your Wright Search résumé during the prearranged interviews; you can offer a copy if you have updated it.
    To have your résumé reviewed before the event, schedule an appointment with Kathleen O’Brien, Assistant Director, Career Services liaison to the College of Education and Human Services. Call (937) 775-2556 to schedule an appointment. The staff can access Kathleen’s calendar and schedule the appointment.

Prepare for interviews

  • Prior to interviewing with them, research school districts that are seeking your licensure!
    Thoroughly review the school district website and use your network to learn detailed information about the school district and the teaching environment.
    Recruiters will expect you to have done so.
  • For tips on interviewing and some interview questions to answer and ask, refer to the article in the American Association for Employment in Education Job Search Handbook for Educators.
    Copies of this helpful publication are available in Career Services, 334 Student Union, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Remember that you are in charge of the information that you share in the interview. What you share is your decision.
  • Identify and review your accomplishments.
    Talking about accomplishments and the skills and abilities you used to achieve them will help you respond to questions in a meaningful way.
  • Review some standard questions you can expect to be asked as a candidate for a teaching position.
    Education Fair and Interview Day Sample Interview Questions (PDF)
  • In addition to standard questions about your experience in teacher preparation and other relevant experiences, you can expect to be asked Behavioral Interview questions, which are based on the idea that past behavior predicts future behavior.
  • Effectively answer behavioral interviewing questions by following a model referred to as C - A - R: Circumstance - Action - Results.
    In the C - A - R model, you first describe the Circumstance; then relate the Action you took; and, finally, the Results. Specific, positive examples with relevant details demonstrate how you will transfer past successful, professional behavior to future professional positions.
    Learn more about the C - A - R model (PDF)
  • For additional tips about preparing for the interview and responding in an interview, visit our Job Search Tips web pages
    Job Search Tips
  • If you have legitimate questions about the work environment that have not been answered in your pre-fair research or in the interview, take time to ask them at the end of the interview.
    However, it is not appropriate to ask questions to which you should have already found out the answer, such as: "Tell me about your district."
  • The candidate should not ask about salary and compensation issues in this interview.
    These items are discussed in a later negotiation.
  • Collect a business card.
    You will need the correct spelling of the interviewer's name and their address for your follow-up thank you letter.
  • Ask about next steps and hiring timelines.
  • Always thank your interviewer and shake hands upon goodbye.

Plan now with your colleagues who are attending the event

  • Partner now with someone or several people who are also attending Education Fair and Interview Day, particularly if you will not be attending the entire event.
  • Develop a messaging system for sharing updates you hear in the waiting room E163 Student Union, that may affect one or more of your group members.
  • Sometimes representatives from school districts need to reach candidates on the day of the event, with information about a variety of scheduling issues. Career Services posts and announces these messages in room E163 Student Union on the day of the event, as we receive updates.

After the event

  • Send a thank you letter to your interviewer(s) within 48 hours of your interview.
  • Follow up as directed by the interviewer(s). This could include checking their website or consortium site to apply. Send any documents requested. Email or call back on the date they suggested.
    Tips for following up after the interview

On February 26, 2014: Attend Education Fair & Interview Day

Bring your Wright1 card to the event for electronic check-in.

A total of about 600 interviews are conducted during the event.
In 2013, 39 school districts attended.
Most participating school districts are from Ohio, but past events have included districts from Kentucky, North Carolina, and Alaska.

Time

Activity

7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

  • Park in Student Lot #4
  • Bring your Wright1 card to the event for electronic check-in.
    Student Registration Desk opens at 7:45 a.m. near E163 Student Union.
  • Admission Ticket and Fair Guide available at check-in.
  • Candidates gather in line in a designated area of the Student Union, beginning just inside the lobby. The line is staffed by Career Services, who provide up-to-the minute updates about participating employers as well as tips for success at Open Fair.
  • Participants admitted to event at start time by Career Services.

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Open Fair: open to all Wright State University teacher and administrator candidates eligible to teach during the 2013-2014 school year.

Typically more than 400 times are available for scheduling during Open Fair.

Introduce yourself to school districts, pick up employment literature and applications, and gather information about the school district. Some districts may provide an opportunity to schedule an interview for later in the day.

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

School district break. Maintain a professional demeanor in the hall and restrooms; they are common areas for school district administrators.

Question and Answer information session with Career Services staff.

E163 is the communication hub for special messages from school district representatives to candidates. Career Services staff communicate the messages to students via message boards and announcements in E163.

In E163, candidates will

  • find changes to interview schedules
  • receive personal announcements from school districts
  • get tips for success and questions answered from Career Services staff
  • share experiences with other students

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pre-Scheduled Interviews: restricted to only those students who signed up in advance via The Wright Search, or those who signed up during Open Fair, for interviews with specific school districts.

School districts conduct scheduled interviews in booths, in the Apollo Room of the Student Union. Admission at any given time is limited to candidates who have interviews at that time. Candidates wait for interviews in room E163 Student Union and are admitted to the interviews at the appropriate time from E163 by Career Services staff. Report to room E163 Student Union, 10 minutes prior to your scheduled interview times.

1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pre-Scheduled Interviews (see details in previous table row).

Follow up after the event

  • Write thank you letters to the administrators with whom you spoke.
    Tips for writing thank you letters
  • Follow up as districts indicated; applying on their websites, emailing as requested, sending any needed documents. Keep your interview suit and documents ready.
  • In The Wright Search, upload résumé every 30 days and set "Allow Employer Viewing?" to "Yes."
    This keeps your account active and allows employers to find you, and Career Services to refer you for positions.
    Career Services learns about teaching opportunities during the summer and into the start of the school year.
    Teacher candidates who do not update every 30 days may miss job opportunities
  • Continue to job search using online resources for Education majors.

More Resources for Your Educator Job Search

Follow 12 Month Plan for Educator's Job Search

This checklist is designed to help you make good use of your time as you conduct your job search. We encourage you to use this checklist in conjunction with the services and resources available from Wright State University Career Services.

August/September (12 months prior to employment)

Review the Career Services web site for information relating to your field.

Begin to define the type and size of school systems in which you have an interest.


October (11 months prior to employment)

Review The Wright Search Orientation online, activate your profile and upload your résumé with The Wright Search

Begin developing résumés which can be scanned, used for online applications, e-mailed, and mailed.

Upload your résumé with The Wright Search.

Begin to identify people to serve as your references and to create your personal credential file.

Meet with the Career Services liaison to the College of Education and Human Services to discuss your job-search plan.

Pick up your copy of the American Association for Employment Education Job Search Handbook for Educators. Supplies are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis in Career Services, E334 Student Union.

 


 

November/December (8-10 months prior to employment)

Finalize your résumé(s) and have them reviewed at Career Services. Re-upload with The Wright Search. To remain active in The Wright Search and viewable by potential employers, your résumé must be uploaded every 30 days whether or not there have been changes.

Begin networking. Contact friends, faculty members, past teachers, etc. to inform them of your career plans.

Attend appropriate career planning workshops.

Begin developing a list of school systems in which you are interested.

Check out school system websites to learn more about the school district (recruiters will expect you to do this before talking to them). Learn about their specific application procedures. Many have online applications. If applications are not online, contact them to obtain necessary application materials.

Inquire about school systems that will be recruiting at Wright State, or at regional job fairs. Inquire about the processes for interviewing with these systems.

If relocating away from your geographic area, talk with Career Services about obtaining reciprocal services in the area to which you are moving.

Determine licensure requirements. Make sure you have completed PRAXIS requirements for your field (s).

If you are applying to out-of -state school systems, contact the appropriate State Department of Education or Professional Standards to determine requirements.

 


 

January/February (7-8 months prior to employment) 

To keep your account current in The Wright Search, upload your résumé every 30 days and, in Profile, make sure 'Allow Employer Viewing?' is set to 'Yes.'

Stay current, be active: update your profile, upload your résumé in The Wright Search

Sign up for Mock Interview via The Wright Search

Attend Meet the Experts panel presentation.

Did you sign up in January for a Mock Interview? If so, arrive 10 minutes early in Career Services on the pre-appointed day.

Sign-up for Education Fair and Interview Day interviews via The Wright Search

Update online applications with consortiums and school districts.

 


 
March/April (5-6 months prior to employment)

Participate in Education Fair and Interview Day, education related career fairs and on-campus interviews (sign up via The Wright Search).

Send thank you letters to all contacts.

Register with online job search systems if you have not already done so.

 


 

April-August (1-5 months prior to employment)

Stay up-to-date with job openings through The Wright Search and other online systems.

Maintain communication with your network of contacts.

Contact school systems by phone or e-mail to stay in touch with potential job openings. Assertively network with educational contacts. Keep them up to date on your progress.

Accept an offer that is appropriate to your particular situation.

Inform those associated with your search once you have accepted a position. This includes those systems in which your application is still active.

Then CELEBRATE!

Learn About Other Educator Recruiting Events

Learn about offers, contracts, and hiring dates

  • You are under no obligation to immediately accept or reject an offer made to you.
    You are encouraged to take time to consider an offer, gather information, determine the employer's need-to-know timeline, and respond accordingly. There may be other opportunities you wish to pursue.
  • Ask questions to clarify the details of a job offer.
    Make sure you understand the language and the time frame. Know your rights and responsibilities.
  • Consult an expert.
    Review the contract before signing. If you need help, you can make an appointment with Student Legal Services at 775-5857. This is available to current students.
  • Signing a letter of intent is a legally binding agreement.
    You will be obligated to follow through on any teaching assignment for which you sign a letter of intent. After you sign a letter of intent, your job search should stop and you should inform any inquiring school district that you have signed a letter of intent with another district.
  • Signing a contract is a legally binding agreement for employment.
    Once you have signed the contract, you are legally committed to working as a teacher in that district for the agreed time frame. Your job search should stop and you should inform any inquiring school district that you have signed a contract with another district.
  • If you sign either a letter of intent or a contract, deactivate your name on The Wright Search.
  • Stay active on The Wright Search!
    Teaching opportunities are posted every month, often through October. To stay active on The Wright Search, upload your résumé every 30 days until you sign a contract.
Important Timeline Information

Some important dates to know in the teaching opportunity timeline:

  1. Continuing contracts are typically offered to currently employed teachers in February and March.
  2. Districts have a better idea of their remaining needs in April.
  3. As of July 10, currently employed teachers must notify districts of their intention not to return.

Pick up your copy of the Job Search Handbook

The American Association for Employment in Education Job Search Handbook for Educators is available in Career Services, 334 Student Union, while supplies last.

The Job Search Handbook contains articles to maximize your effectiveness in the education job search.

To have your résumé reviewed, schedule an appointment with Kathleen O’Brien, Assistant Director, Career Services liaison to the College of Education and Human Services. To schedule individual advising appointments, call (937) 775-2556. The front desk has access to all adviser schedules.

Information for School Districts

School districts who have not received an invitation to this event but who are interested in participating, please contact Barbara Halabi at (937) 775-2556 or email barbara.halabi@wright.edu

Schedule

Time

Activity

7:45 a.m.

Registered school districts sign In at School District Registration desk and set up in Apollo Room.

7:45 to 8:30 a.m.

Student Registration Desk opens near E163 Student Union.
Admission Ticket and Fair Guide available at check-in.
Participants admitted to event at start time by Career Services.

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Open Fair.

9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

School district break.

Question and Answer session with Career Services staff.

Candidates wait for interviews in room 163 Student Union.

Throughout the day, candidates arrive at room 163 Student Union, 10 minutes prior to their scheduled interview time.

Candidates will be admitted to the interviews at the appropriate time from 163 by Career Services staff.

163 is the communication hub for special messages from employers to candidates. Employers deliver messages to Career Services staff, who communicate the messages to students via message boards and announcements in 163. 

In 163, candidates will

  • find changes to interview schedules
  • receive personal announcements from employers, Career Services
  • get tips for success from Career Services staff
  • have questions answered by Career Services staff
  • share experiences with other students

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pre-Scheduled Interviews.

1:30 to 4 p.m.

Pre-Scheduled Interviews.

 

Event Registration for School Districts

School District registration is now closed.

If you have questions about a registration, contact Barbara Halabi, barbara.halabi@wright.edu

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If you have questions about Education Fair and Interview Day, call Career Services, (937) 775-2556 or email career_services@wright.edu