DO I HAVE TO PAY EXTRA TO ATTEND A JOB FAIR?
The fee for the first fair for each new registration period is waived. There is a $75 fee for each additional fair during a registration period. Travel and accommodation costs are always the responsibility of the candidate.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH FAIR IT IS BEST TO ATTEND?
Each of job fairs is unique, so some are better suited for certain types of candidates than others. We can help you to choose the right fair(s) to match your profile and your own personal career plans.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A JOB FAIR?
Attendance at a fair is by invitation only. Once you are an active candidate, you qualify to receive an invitation to one of our fairs. Visit our “job fairs” to review the schedule for the upcoming recruiting season. You must always request an invitation to a fair from us, either from your candidate dashboard or by contacting us directly. Fairs have limited space and fill up quickly, so we encourage you to start the registration process to become an active candidate as early as possible, and well in advance of the date of the fair you wish to attend.
I AM ONLY INTERESTED IN WESTERN EUROPE AND WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND THE JOB FAIR TO CHECK THINGS OUT.
We need to satisfy both the candidates and the schools. Unless a candidate is legitimate, meaning they are well-qualified and flexible regarding location, it is not in anyone’s best interest to take a space at a fair and deny one to another qualified candidate willing to go almost anywhere. It’s best to be open and flexible to the many hundreds of gems of schools located around the world.
I GET THE IMPRESSION THAT DECISIONS TO ACCEPT OR DECLINE OFFERS NEED TO BE MADE THE WEEKEND OF THE JOB FAIR. IS THIS TRUE OR DO RECRUITERS CONTACT TEACHERS LATER?
Do not accept a job offer unless you want it and are committed to going. The school will hold you to your word. In some cases, a decision might have to be made during the fair. However, if any school pressures you to sign immediately, and you do not feel quite right about it, you should request a couple of days to think it over. Some recruiters know that the best strategy is to give candidates time to carefully consider the offer, and they do not pressure the candidate at all. On the other hand, recruiters need to set deadlines. They cannot afford to lose a different candidate if you delay too long. Candidates are carefully advised about this issue at the start of the fair and we will be on hand during the fair to support you.
I’M NOT SURE I REALLY AM READY TO GO OVERSEAS NEXT YEAR, BUT I WANT TO GO TO A JOB FAIR FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
What we do NOT want are “window shoppers” at our job fairs. If you are not truly committed to finding a position overseas for the next school year, you should not attend the fair.
ONCE I AM FULLY REGISTERED AND ACTIVE, AM I GUARANTEED TO RECEIVE AN INVITATION TO THE JOB FAIR I WISH TO ATTEND?
Although we will do our best to extend you an invitation to your job fair of choice, we cannot guarantee that this will happen. For example, early fairs attract highly experienced teaching couples and singles without dependents. An inexperienced teacher in a subject with an abundance of teachers (for example English, Social Studies, ESL) who has a non-teaching partner and a child would most likely have a difficult time even getting an interview, and would have a better chance of securing a job at a later fair. In addition, some fairs might be overbooked or already have too many candidates in your subject area. In the best interest of the candidate,we will always recommend a fair in which the candidate has a better chance of securing an interview.
SHOULD I GO TO A JOB FAIR?
About 60% of candidates secure jobs by attending a job fair and some 40% secure positions through their use of the database to connect with schools. Thus, it is not essential that you attend a job fair, but certainly recommended. The early fairs are generally more useful to strong, experienced teaching couples and singles without dependents. Candidates with less experience and those with non-teaching partners and multiple dependents tend to do better at later fairs.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO ATTEND A JOB FAIR?
Not a problem, although most past candidates will tell you that fair attendance helps greatly. It is entirely a candidate’s own choice. About 40% of jobs are secured without attending a fair. Registered candidates find their access to the interactive JobBoard database invaluable.
WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF CANDIDATES ATTENDING A JOB FAIR WHO ARE HIRED AS A RESULT?
This varies from fair to fair. The range is between about 30% and 60%. However, these percentages can be misleading. Subject and grade level greatly affect a candidate’s chances. For example, a high percentage of physics or mathematics teachers might be placed (low number of candidates, large number of jobs), but English or ESL teachers tend to be more numerous so their placement rate could be lower, with only those who interview extremely well getting hired quickly. Teaching couples and singles without dependents tend to have a higher rate of placement than other candidates. Candidates limiting their search to one geographical area only reduce their chances significantly.