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Educators' Job Fair not just for graduating seniors

To provide graduating education students and experienced professionals with an opportunity to interview with numerous school districts throughout the region, New Mexico State University's Career Services will hold the 2009 Educators' Job Fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 20 and 21, in Corbett Center Student Union.

The job fair is one of the largest of its kind in the Southwest and is unique because it's set up for participants to have structured interviews with prospective school-district employers.

More than 50 school districts from seven different 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 2009 - 2010 school year is encouraged to participate. This free event is a public service and is not intended only for NMSU education students but also to any teachers or education professionals interested in a job change.

During last year's event, about 400 participants registered and participated in the job fair, and the program is capable of accommodating twice that amount this year, said Steve Salway, director of NMSU Career Services.

Though on-site registration is available at the job fair, participants are encouraged to electronically preregister beforehand. By doing so, candidates can ensure 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, said Salway. 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.

"Candidates who do their job search homework in advance should come away with a number of exciting employment possibilities," Salway said.

On the Sunday before the Educators' Job Fair, April 19, an open outreach forum will be held to help anyone prepare for the fair. The session will be from 4-6 p.m. in the Dona Ana Room of Corbett Center.

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