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Recruiters to offer opportunities for employment in Christian education

A student visits a recruiter’s table at the 2012 Christian School Recruitment Conference. Photo: Submitted

Representatives from 60 Christian schools will be on campus Monday and Tuesday evening in the Riley Reception Room to recruit teachers for the upcoming school year. While education majors are required to attend, all students are encouraged to stop by and take advantage of this annual opportunity.

About 200 teaching jobs will be available from 50 schools across the country as well as 10 international schools. Various staff positions will also be available.

“At most recruiting events, administrators are just connecting and collecting resumes,” said Dr. Steve Buckley, manager of Career Services. “The unique thing about the Christian School Recruitment Conference is that they come wanting to interview on the spot.”

This year, for the first time, a reception will be hosted for junior and senior education majors prior to the conference. It will begin Monday evening at 6 p.m. in the Edwards Activity Room.

“We want our students to have conversations with [the recruiters at the reception] and become a little more at ease with this whole process,” said Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education.

This recruiting event is not only geared toward upperclassmen. Freshmen and sophomores can also benefit from the chance to develop relationships with Christian school administrators.

“We encourage all our students to go and meet these people, learn about them, look at their materials,” Carruthers said. “That’s how God begins to direct students [in] their futures.”

Both Carruthers and Buckley agree that students who are serious about job hunting should come to the conferences in professional attire with copies of their resumes ready in hand. They also suggest that students leave their book bags at the door.

Students can prepare in advance by finding the list of participating schools located on the Career Services page on the BJU intranet. From there, students can explore the options and even email their resumes to schools in advance.

A new video, “Putting Your Best Foot Forward,” is available on the Career Services page. This video highlights recruiting events to help students prepare in practical ways in order to make the most of these opportunities.

“The advantage of attending these recruiting events is to help you be a better steward of your training, of your preparation and of the opportunities in front of you,” Buckley said.

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