Regional
6:14 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Schools From Six States Expected At Las Cruces Education Job Fair

Las Cruces – To provide graduating education students and experienced professionals an opportunity to interview with school districts throughout the region, New Mexico State University's Career Services will hold the 2011 Educators' Job Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 18 and 19, in Corbett Center Student Union.

The job fair has been one of the most effective recruiting forums in the Southwest, and is also unique in that it's set up for participants to have structured interviews with prospective school district employers.

Diverse school districts from six states are expected to attend the fair. Anyone who qualifies for teacher credentials and is seeking a K-12 teaching position or a support position for the 2011-2012 school year is encouraged to participate. This free event is a public service and is not open to any teachers and education professionals interested in opportunities, as well as NMSU students.

During last year's event, about 400 participants registered and participated, said Steve Salway, director of NMSU Career Services. Given the challenges of the current job market for educators, it is hoped that interested candidates take advantage of the face-to-face contact with school district personnel.

Though on-site registration is available at the job fair, participants are encouraged to electronically preregister beforehand. By doing so, candidates can insure scheduled interviews with selected employers before the fair. Information on electronic online registration is available by calling 575-646-2849 or by e-mail at proemp@nmsu.edu.

Participants should also research and prepare as much as possible before the job fair. They should learn as much as they can about the school districts they are interested in, as well as looking up factors such as the cost of living in that area. Advance job search homework could yield a number of exciting employment possibilities.

On the Sunday before the Educators' Job Fair, April 17, an open outreach forum will be held to help anyone prepare for the fair. The session will be from 3-5 p.m. in the Dona Ana Room of Corbett Center.

For more information contact Elizabeth Ortega at 575-646-1631 or visit the website http://careerservices.nmsu.edu.