Nearly 500 people looking for jobs as teachers or administrators connected with local school districts March 25 as part of a career fair organized by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).
A few of them were even hired on the spot. Those who weren't got information, advice, and a powerful networking opportunity.
Job-seekers came from all over the country to find employment in districts across the county. Some came from as far away as Virginia, Minnesota, and Texas.
"We had a nice long line," said Carol Tomeo, a coordinator in SDCOE's Human Resources division. "Everybody was excited. There was a lot of positive energy."
School districts and charter schools from throughout the county attended the event, which was held in San Diego's Liberty Station.
"We received a tremendous amount of resumes and enjoyed speaking with all of the teacher and administrator candidates," said Jennifer Parraga, Human Resources Analyst with the Carlsbad Unified School District.
SDCOE has organized the job fair for more than 20 years, but this is the first time that people looking for administrative jobs were given their own time to meet with district and school officials.
Participants commented on how well the job fair was planned and how many qualified candidates there were.
"The job fair was very organized and offered a wonderful venue for prospective candidates to submit their resumes and learn a bit more about our district," said Tracy Olander, International Baccalaureate coordinator with the La Mesa-Spring Valley School district.
SDCOE had its own tables at the event with information about credentials, administrative programs, and jobs.