What questions do you have about Teacher Recruitment Days? You may find your questions and the answers in the list below. You may also find some questions you haven't thought to ask. The answers could be valuable in ensuring that you have a successful experience at TRD. Please take a moment to read this list. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact the Career Center on your campus.
Career counselors from eleven local colleges and universities make up the membership of the Western New York Association of College Career Centers (WNYACCC), which sponsors TRD. The members of WNYACCC spend an entire year and hundreds of hours planning all aspects of this event.
You are eligible to participate in TRD if you are a student or alumni from a participating college or university and if you have fulfilled all the necessary registration requirements. You must also be available for full-time employment in the fall.
We work to organize TRD so that candidates have as much access as possible to as many school districts as possible. We also make every effort to meet the many needs of recruiters and school districts from all over the country. We do so in order to ensure that the candidates have equal opportunities to interview.
No, TRD USA and TRD/Erie Niagara are held at the same time, but they are two separate events. TRD USA connects teachers with school districts from across the United States. TRD/Erie Niagara connects teachers with school districts from Erie and Niagara counties only. You can register for both events in one registration, but the sign-up procedures are different for each event.
Over 3,000 school districts are invited to TRD, including every public school district in Western New York and throughout New York State. Not every school district can attend for a variety of reasons-including limited budgets, and other logistical matters.
Some districts know exactly what their hiring needs will be. Other districts anticipate openings, but may not know the specific number of vacancies or exact grade levels needed to actually hire at the time TRD occurs. Recruiters in these circumstances are working to identify good candidates so they can proceed to hire when openings are identified and approved in subsequent weeks.
Occasionally recruiters do run into bad weather, or illness, or other problems. This may result in a late arrival or cancellation.
No, all school districts accept resumes and applications on an ongoing basis.
No, many districts with openings do not attend TRD. Do not limit your job search to TRD alone. Visit your campus career center for more information on how to conduct an education job search.
Since the focus at TRD is on interviewing, work on refining your interviewing skills. Your college or university career center offers a variety of interview preparation resources. Come to TRD appropriately dressed for interviewing, and bring extra copies of your resume. Please visit the career center on your campus for more information.
The success of your interview depends on how well you understand the district. You need this information in order to market yourself well. School or district websites are also excellent sources of information.
We cannot guarantee that you will be interviewed by the district of your "first" choice. In the past, however, the candidates who have had the most flexible strategies have gotten the most interviews. As a result, it is wise to have alternative choices in the event that your first choice(s) have filled schedules.
No, interview spots sometimes open so check the open interview board location throughout both days of the event. You can also talk to a recruiter during the open sign-up round on the first day.
If you are not selected for interviews, please be aware that you may apply directly to any school districts in which you are interested. All school districts accept resumes and applications on an ongoing basis.
No, every recruiter at TRD has a small interviewing table on the main floor of the ballroom of the convention center. The tables are set up in long rows, very close together. Many interviews are conducted simultaneously, so be prepared to remain focused on your interview despite a significant degree of activity and noise.
The only thing you are guaranteed by an interview is the opportunity to convince those with whom you interview that you can make a contribution to their district. As in any interview situation, there is no guarantee of a job offer.
You should thank the recruiter and request approximately one week to carefully consider the offer. Please be certain to verify with the school district the exact deadline for responding to their offer. If you need help in making your decision, you may want to consult a counselor in your campus career center.
Yes, it is certainly possible that what is available about you on the worldwide web will effect your chances of getting the position you want. If you've got a profile on a social networking site such as LinkedIn or Facebook, be prepared for potential employers to view it, according to a new study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
A recent survey of 312 school districts, representing 28 states, reported that 70% use social media tools like Facebook and LinkedIn to screen or vet teaching applicants.
Moreover, profile information may have at least some effect on an employer's hiring decisions: More than 60 percent of employers who review social networking sites said the information gleaned there has some influence on their hiring decisions. You need to manage your image and put your best foot forward when looking for a job, and that includes making sure that any online information that's made public casts you in a favorable light. » Read more...
Sponsoring Career Centers:
Buffalo State College | Canisius College | Daemen College | D'Youville College | Empire State College | Fredonia
Houghton College | Medaille College | Niagara University | St. Bonaventure University | University at Buffalo