HAYS, KS -- Looking for the right job can be a long, tedious process but Fort Hays State University has an alternative solution for teachers.
Career Services at FHSU has scheduled its 26th annual Teacher Career Fair for April 30, 2001, in Gross Memorial Coliseum from 9 a.m-2 p.m. The fair is free to all FHSU students and alumni. For non-FHSU students or graduates there is a $10 registration fee.
"It is a real job fair with a real opportunity for students to visit with employers and have access to various employment opportunities," said Dan Rice, director of Career Services.
The career fair offers the opportunity for graduates seeking their first positions, for teachers who want to change school districts, teachers who want to relocate to another state and for administrative job-seekers who want to meet with prospective school districts from the surrounding area.
The career fair began in 1974 with roughly 60 school districts attending and grew to its heighth in the mid-80s with 200 school districts attending and 1,000 teachers participating, said Rice.
"It is definitely a win-win situation for not only students but also employers because they have the opportunity to meet not only students from FHSU but also from around the surrounding areas," said Rice.
The participants are encouraged to bring resumes, transcripts or anything else needed to meet with more than 160 school districts.
The school districts that attend the career fair are mostly from Kansas but eight districts from other states are also represented.
"One unique aspect of our fair is that we have many school districts come from eastern Kansas to recruit FHSU students," said Rice.
"With the supply and demand as it is in the hard-to-fill positions, there is a very good possibility there will be job offers extended that day," said Rice.
The main demand in teaching is secondary education, including music education, industrial education, math and science.
"It is hard to tell what employment rate comes from the teacher career fair, but it allows the student to make a first interview with the school districts and then move into second interviews at the school districts," said Rice.
More information on the teacher career fair can obtained beginning on March 16, 2001, by contacting Career Services, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park St., Hays, KS 67601-4099 or call (785) 628-4260. Also you can visit their Web site on the Internet at http://www.fhsu.edu/career.