Search Associates is renowned for helping educators embark upon their first international teaching adventures. On February 10-13, 2017, Senior Associate Michael Williams hosted the San Francisco Job Fair. Now in its tenth year, the San Francisco Fair is regarded as an excellent venue for outstanding international schools to connect with enthusiastic, qualified teachers looking to work overseas, many for the first time.
With over 70 schools and 130 candidates in attendance, the San Francisco Job Fair is one of Search Associates' more intimate recruiting events. Schools from over 31 countries were present, representing every region of the globe.
Featuring a relaxed atmosphere and supportive environment, the San Francisco Fair is an excellent venue for educators to make connections and experience what the world of international teaching is like. With so many first-time international educators, many attendees appreciated the advice they received from the Search staff working the fair. In addition to Michael Williams and his team, Senior Associates Jim Ambrose, Ralph Jahr, and Julie Ryan were present to assist candidates and provide guidance. Bob Imholt, a new Senior Associate who will be taking over operations of the San Francisco Fair next year, was introduced and welcomed to Search Associates.
The San Francisco Job Fair is much more than a fair. In addition to informative presentations from each school in attendance, Robert and Desire Clarence from United World College Changshu gave a workshop introducing the International Baccalaureate Program; Senior Associate Julie Ryan presented about the preparations needed to move overseas, and Senior Associate Ralph Jahr gave a presentation with advice on interviewing skills.
This year's job fair was held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel, a convenient five-minute drive from the airport. The hotel rests beside the waterfront, providing a picturesque backdrop for recruiters and candidates to network and interview. Many candidates secured a new international job, and for all, the opportunity to learn about teaching overseas made for an exciting weekend.