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International high school
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A job interview at an international school
Shanghai skyline: Shanghai Tower
Shanghai skyline: Shanghai Tower

Sep 17, 2018

How to stand out at the job fair

It's that time of year again! We are prepping for our next International Recruitment Fairs and we would love to see you there. These events attract hundreds of candidates every year which makes for an exciting and busy weekend. However, with so many other fellow educators in attendance we sometimes get asked how a job seeking teacher can ensure that they dont get lost in the crowd. Take a look at some of our suggestions below for how to stand out at the job fair.


The recruitment fair is a great place to connect and build relationships with both your peers and any prospective employers. Make sure you talk to as many people as possible to maximise your time there. We have received feedback from past fair-attending candidates, who found real value in having the opportunity to meet other educators. It can help to better understand your position in the market and keep you abreast of what’s happening in your sector in general. Of course, the chance to talk to potential new schools you might be interested in interviewing with is a particular advantage.


Try to find out which schools will be attending the Fair in advance and prepare accordingly. At the Explore CRS events we release our attending school directory about a month beforehand. This gives our candidates ample time to research schools of interest before meeting with them.


These job fairs can be quite time pressured environments and whilst this can be an invigorating experience it also means you need to put your best foot forward quickly. You will get a couple of minutes to impress and arrange interviews with schools you haven’t previously connected with, so with this in mind, it would make sense to think about what you want to say before you start approaching the schools. Have a quick summary prepared about your experience and what you’re interested in. Confidence in your delivery will also go a long way!


These events are by nature a fairly intense couple of days, especially for the recruiting schools. They spend the majority of the event interviewing continuously, which whilst very rewarding, is also tiring and demanding. In order to stand out positively, it’s important to remain engaged and interested during the interviews you have. This is your chance to be remembered and leave a lasting impression, so smile and inject some of your personality into the meeting. These recruiters are not only looking at your skills and qualifications, they are also trying to find the right energy and fit for their schools.


This one should go without saying, but ensure you have plenty of copies of your CV printed and ready to hand out. Have them organized and ready to distribute as you circulate the Fair. This is what you get to leave with them long after the meeting is over so make sure it’s well presented. If you are well prepared with what you need then you should be able to relax more and hopefully just enjoy meeting new people and exploring your future options.

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