The University of Northern Colorado will host the largest job fair in the region for teachers and educational professionals April 4-5, and job seekers will have more school districts to interview with than they've had in the past five years.
The 28th annual UNC Teacher Employment Days fair will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, in Butler-Hancock Hall, intersection of 14th Avenue and 21st Street.
More than 300 recruiters from 132 school districts in nine states will be interviewing and hiring prospective teachers, principals, speech language pathologists, school psychologists and counselors. Between 800 and 1,000 job seekers are expected to attend.
According to fair coordinator Peg Griffin of UNC's Career Services office, the 132 districts registered for the event is equivalent to numbers the fair hasn't seen since the 2008 recession.
"It appears that the recovering economy may be fueling additional hiring in some school districts," Griffin said. "This year, we expect around 1,000 teachers will be hired to fill positions within school districts attending the fair."
Griffin said that although some recruiters still conduct traditional 30-minute interviews, most have switched to a short "meet-and-greet" format that allows recruiters to connect with more candidates and candidates to put their best foot forward with more districts.
The shortened format enables a recruiter and candidate to briefly converse about why they may be a good fit for each other and gives the candidate more opportunities to put a face with a resumé, Griffin said.
Current college students, teachers, administrators and recent graduates seeking jobs in K-12 education are invited to attend the fair.
Advance registration by April 3 is $25 for UNC students and alumni and $35 for all others, and can be made by purchasing a ticket to the event through the UNC Ticket office on the second floor of the University Center, intersection of 20th Street and 10th Avenue; online at www.unco.edu/tickets; or by calling 970-351-4849.
Registration on the day of the event is $50. The on-site registration booth on the west of Butler-Hancock will open at 7 a.m. on April 4.
For more information, call 970-351-2127 or visit www.unco.edu/careers.