Strategies for a Successful MERC Fair
Prepare Your Resume
Utilize your career center to create a high quality resume. Visit your career center in advance of MERC to have your resume reviewed.
Determine Which Organizations Interest You
Give some thought to the type of school and community you prefer. Consider geographical location, district size, community makeup, type of classroom setting and educational philosophy. Use the MERC website to conduct research.
Geographic flexibility yields more opportunities. Use MERC to explore other regions.
Prepare to Answer Questions
Think about frequently asked questions and how you would answer them. Visit your career center for sample interview questions and to practice your responses. Be prepared to talk about your student teaching experience and other experiences with children and adolescents.
Know the Licensure/Certification Requirements
Many states require passing scores on standardized exams or competency tests as part of their certification requirements. Visit states’ Department of Education sites for more info. While you may not need to take the tests before MERC, employers prefer candidates are aware of what certification tests are required for their states.
Dress for the fair as you would for any professional situation. Avoid revealing clothing. You will be doing a good amount of walking and standing, so wear comfortable dress shoes.
Don’t Sign Contracts
No matter how good a particular job may sound to you, it is not a good idea to sign a contract on the spot. If you are interested in a district, discuss the possibility of a site visit. Note: A letter of intent is different than a contract.
Be sure you get the information you need to follow up with organizations in which you are interested. Find out what to expect regarding the next step in the hiring process, and ask for the recruiter’s business card. Send a thank you e-mail or card within 24 hours of your initial meeting. If you receive an offer and/or accept a position after MERC, notify your career center about the good news!