Monday, May 10, 2010
It ain't no Ren Fair
If only the Teacher Fairs were more like REAL fairs: goofy booths where you can win prizes (like a job! yippee!), quaint but completely safe rides and maybe jugglers and unicyclists zipping around. We gotta have SOMETHING to keep us entertained while we wait in lines for hours.
Call me cynical, but I'm not totally sold on teacher job fairs. I suppose it's one opportunity for schools to collect many resumes all at once, rather than getting them in fits & starts via prospective employees mailing them in over time. You could argue that they get to put a face to a name, but to that I say: REALLY!?! It's a nice thought, but after they've seen umpti-billion brand new faces looking at a trillion different courses, do they REALLY remember my face or ANYTHING about me?
Maybe those principals put those resumes in a special pile as their "go to" file, with the idea that at least these people made the effort for some face time (as one principal there told me he did). I guess there is that. But still. The first teacher fair I went to was a complete catastrophe; the county had never done one before and grossly underestimated how many people would be there. Everything was just frantic and a tad hassled. The fair I attended today was at least more calm and organized, though my complaint is that it was held on a school day at a school. All these prospective job candidates are now competing with students, faculty, and visitors for parking spaces. I digress. Overall, it was still okay, but I just end up leaving and thinking, "Did that really do any good?"
Ultimately, a job fair means standing in line for approximately 2+ hours in order to get a total of (maybe) 15 minute actual face time with an administrator. They didn't really learn anything about me that wasn't on my resume, and I didn't learn anything about them, either. They probably won't remember my face if they do call me in for an interview. (If you haven't noticed yet, I'm naturally quite cynical.)
Have you ever attended a teacher fair? What do you think?