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Teacher Recruitment Day Consortium
Job Fair

Join us for this 39th annual event that typically draws 275+ teacher candidates from 8 south central PA colleges and universities.
The fair will feature an Open Format from 9 am - 12 pm to facilitate candidate screenings and mini-interviews. All candidates are welcomed. This will be followed by a Closed Format from 12 pm - 3 pm in which full interviews and additional mini-interviews will take place by invitation only.

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March 5, 2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Millersville University
'Ville Courts, Student Memorial Center
21 South George Street
Millersville, PA 17551  Directions

Job Seekers

We look forward to your participation and request that you read carefully the instructions provided related to registration, requesting accommodations, parking and preparation for the event.

While there is no requirement of advanced registration, candidates (current students and alumni) from member schools are strongly encouraged to pre-register through their Career Services Office or contact them for more information. Member schools and phone numbers are listed below.

Albright College: 610-921-7630
Elizabethtown College: 717-361-1206
Lebanon Valley College: 717-867-6560
Messiah University: 717-691-6016
Millersville University: 717-871-7655
Penn State Harrisburg: 717-948-6260
Shippensburg University: 717-477-1484
York College of PA: 717-815-1452

Candidates from non-member schools will be able to register on site for a $20.00 fee (cash only). If you have questions please contact Lebanon Valley College, 717-867-6560 or

If you need reasonable accommodations the day of the event, please notify Stephanie Perago, TRD Administrator ( by Thursday, February 29, 2024. The Teacher Recruitment Day Consortium will review your accommodation(s) request and assess if reasonable accommodations can be provided for the teacher fair. There is no guarantee the Consortium will be able to provide a reasonable accommodation if contacted after the stated deadline.

All candidates should dress professionally and bring plenty of résumés to distribute to employers. Candidates are strongly encouraged to arrive by 10:00 am for the best chance of meeting with all school districts of interest.

Lunch is not provided for teacher candidates. We encourage candidates to research nearby dining options prior to the event or consider packing a lunch. There will also be a list of local food accommodations in the Guidebook that you receive at the event.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please read and follow the Parking Instructions provided through the Directions link.

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Making the Most of the Event

Tip 1: Prepare for the Event/Do Your Homework

  • Review the website (open for viewing on Monday, February 5, 2024) for a list of school systems/employers attending the fair and their available openings.
  • Identify the school districts where you hope to be interviewed. Research the districts so that you know something about them.
  • Have a general priority order, as some school districts may have long lines. Decide in advance if you want to stand in line or proceed to another district.
  • Interviewing is a two-way street. Plan the questions you will ask of each school district and be prepared to answer questions about yourself and your experience. Practice introducing yourself and some of the skills and experiences you plan to highlight.
  • Plan exactly what professional attire you will wear (see below). Make sure your clothing is cleaned and pressed.
  • Make arrangements for childcare, if needed, for the day of the event. Do NOT bring your child (spouse, parents, etc.) to the event.
  • Gather essential items to bring with you:
    - More than enough copies of your résumé
    - Additional information to enable you to complete any applications given you (names and addresses of references, unofficial transcripts, etc.)
    - A letter-sized portfolio or neat tote bag with notepad and pen. Do NOT carry a backpack into the fair.
    - Your research notes on your preferred school districts
    - A compact professional portfolio of your work samples

HELPFUL HINT: Turn your cell phone OFF and do not carry it, or keys, in your hand or clipped to your clothing. Keep your left hand free to give your resume to the recruiter and shake hands with  your right.

Tip 2: Open vs. Closed Format

The fair will feature an Open Format from 9 am - 12 pm to facilitate candidate screenings and mini-interviews. All candidates are welcomed. This will be followed by a Closed Format from 12 pm - 3 pm in which full interviews and additional mini-interviews will take place by invitation only.

Open Format (9 am - 12 pm):

Screening Candidates
By far the most common type of job fair interview. This interview usually lasts no more than two to three minutes and is usually conducted by employers whose main interest is gathering resumes and initial impressions before making decisions as to whether they will move to the next step. You will be asked questions about what type of position you're seeking, your interest in the particular school district, your experience and teaching methods. Your strategy should be to quickly point them to the key areas in your background that reflect their needs. Ask for a business card and inquire as to the next step.

Closed Format (12 pm - 3 pm):

Full Interview
The full interview typically takes place behind a curtain or screen at the employer's booth, or may be in another part of the hall altogether. Most employers use the full interview only as a secondary interview. In other words, you have to be invited to the interview based on the previous screening interview or mini-interview. Be prepared for twenty minutes or more, but probably no longer than thirty minutes, since most employers have a tight schedule to keep. You will be asked a number of open-ended questions and will be expected to provide specific examples of your past results. Be prepared to give supporting behavioral examples and remember to ask the employer questions as well. At the end of the interview, if you are truly interested, inform the interviewer of your interest and inquire as to the next step. Assume that he or she is also interested.

Tip 3: Dress Professionally

  • Dress for an interview for a professional position, not in a casual "student" style. This means a suit or sport coat, tie and dress pants for men; pantsuit or tailored dress, skirt and blazer, etc. for women. Be conservative so that the focus is on you, not your clothes.
  • Professional dress includes footwear; do not wear sneakers, ultra-high heels or flip flops!
  • Be neat, clean and well groomed. Avoid excessive makeup, jewelry and perfume.
  • Do not smoke or chew gum. Breath mints are OK.

HELPFUL HINT: Print your full name and major area of certifications on your TRDC nametag and wear it so it is easily seen when you shake the interviewer's hand.

Tip 4: The Day of the Fair

  • Try to arrive in the early part of the day. The fair will be crowded, and some employers may not stay until the end of the event.
  • If you pre-registered (no need to do so, however) bring your completed red registration card with you.  It is your admission ticket to the fair. If you do not have it with you or did not pre-register, then you will be able to complete the red card at the fair.
  • You will receive an Employer Guidebook at the fair.  Check also for additional handouts, updates and newly posted information.
  • Orient yourself to the facility by reviewing the floor plan, locating restrooms, etc.
  • Organize the list of schools, in priority order, you plan to visit. Note which schools are of general interest to you and which have actual job openings in your area of certification.
  • Organize your materials and have your résumé readily available to hand to the interviewer.
  • Develop an interview plan that includes taking a break to assure that you will look and feel your best throughout the day.
  • NOTE: Because the Guidebook is printed in advance, a district’s actual openings may be different from what is printed in the Guidebook.

Tip 5: During the Interview

  • When meeting the interviewer, establish eye contact, present a firm handshake, introduce yourself and explain why you have chosen this school system.
  • Be confident and take an active part in your interview. Have a three point agenda: know what you are looking for, what you have to offer and what questions you will ask about the school system.
  • Listen carefully and take conversational cues from the interviewer.
  • Respond to questions with specific and concise examples. Try to avoid pat answers and clichés.
  • Respond truthfully while maintaining a positive picture of yourself.
  • Ask for school system information, application materials and the interviewer's business card.
  • Ask about the hiring process, including time frame and actual or potential openings.
  • At the end of the interview, offer a firm handshake and express your appreciation, using the interviewer's name.
  • NOTE: Some school districts may make firm offers at the event. Be prepared to respond or to request sufficient response time.

HELPFUL HINT: Keep an accurate record of your contact with school systems, including names of your interviewers, follow-up procedures and expected time lines.

Tip 6: After the Event

  • Promptly complete any on-line applications or ones you were given and mail to the appropriate school districts. Forward your credentials/supporting documents with your application, as instructed by the employer. Do NOT send originals of any document except a transcript, if requested.
  • Within two days send typed, professional thank you letters, addressed to the specific interviewers.
  • Within two weeks, make telephone calls to determine if the schools have received your application materials, to check on the status of vacant positions and to express your continued interest.
  • Make note of the dates of your follow-up calls and record the name of the person with whom you spoke. Keep copies of all application materials and letters you send.

HELPFUL HINT: After you accept a teaching position, be courteous enough to inform and withdraw from any other districts where you may have applications pending. Inform and thank your references when you accept a position.

Please remember to complete the Candidate Evaluation Form before leaving the Teacher Recruitment Day Consortium Fair. Thank you.

Good Luck!   - From the career counselors of the sponsoring colleges and universities

Material adapted from the 2015 Job Search Handbook for Educators, American Association for Employment in Education.

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Registration fee for this event:

The registration fee for this event is $160 which includes a six-foot table along with continental breakfast and lunch for 2 recruiters.

Employers may register 2 additional representatives (at $30.00 per person) up to a maximum of 4 individuals per one table.  Space is not available for additional tables or more than 4 recruiters per employer.

If paying by check, make payable to:
Teacher Recruitment Day Consortium

Mail to:
Attn: Stephanie Perago
60 E Crestlyn Dr
York, PA 17402

Employers interested in participating in this event are encouraged to register on-line as early as possible. All registrations will be reviewed by the Consortium. The Consortium is prioritizing K-12 school districts (and employers affiliated with K-12 districts) hiring full time certified teachers. Due to demand, other employers will be placed on our wait list to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and will be notified if space is available.

Payment must be received by the registration deadline of Tuesday, February 13, 2024.  Requests for payment extension should be made in writing to by Tuesday, February 13, 2024.  Please include the date we can expect your payment.  Without full payment by the registration deadline we cannot guarantee you will be included in the Employer Guidebook distributed to candidates at the event.

Need to cancel your registration? Full refunds will be given for cancellation requests made in writing (email acceptable) by Tuesday, February 13, 2024.  No refunds will be granted after the registration deadline.

Teacher Recruitment Day Fair will feature an Open Format from 9:00am-12:00pm to facilitate candidate screenings and mini-interviews. All candidates are welcomed. This will be followed by a Closed Format from 12:00pm-3:00pm in which full interviews and additional mini-interviews will take place by invitation only at the recruiter's fair table. We cannot accommodate any additional or separate interview space; your fair table will serve as your interview space.

The sole purpose of the Teacher Recruitment Day Consortium Job Fair is to offer traditional classroom teaching career opportunities to our students and alumni. We reserve the right to limit employers to those most appropriate for the interests of our students/alumni with Teaching Certified Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Therefore we reserve the right to limit the number of third-party staffing agencies, educational vendors and non-traditional educational employers. This may delay their registration approval/denial until a few weeks before the fair, or incorporate them into the event in another way. Further, we cannot permit solicitation or marketing of products or services to our students at the event, and do not specifically endorse any of our employers or guidebook advertisers.

Should intemperate weather occur, the Teacher Recruitment Day Consortium is required to follow Millersville’s inclement weather decision. Your safety and that of our candidates is paramount. If Millersville issues a delay, changes in the fair's start time may necessitate a change in format or ending time. No one is permitted on campus before the delayed start time. Should Millersville issue a campus closure on our fair date, the Teacher Recruitment Day Consortium Job Fair is unable to be rescheduled and our best effort will be given to connect you with our candidates through alternative means. It is up to the sole discretion of the TRD Consortium to decide if any partial refunds will be issued. Please keep a close watch on the email that was submitted when registering for the fair; we will communicate weather updates and fair format changes via email.

Lodging & Visitor Info

The following are some suggested locations where you could secure lodging if needed:

Fairfield Inn by Marriott
150 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 581-1800

Heritage Hotel - Lancaster
500 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
(800) 223-8963

Sleep Inn and Suites
310 Primrose Lane, Mountville, PA 17554
(717) 285-0444

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham
2929 Hempland Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 925-8667

Eden Resort & Suites
222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
(866) 901-6430

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Lancaster
2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 464-2711

Other Lodging & Area Information:
PA Dutch Convention & Visitor's Bureau - (800)-723-8824


Half page: $50.00 (Horizontal 8 ½ x 5 ½)

Full page: $100.00 (Vertical 8 ½ x 11)

Guidebook advertisements are printed in black and white and distributed to all teacher candidates who attend the event. Please send a PDF or JPEG via email to: No additional editing will occur.

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