This information is to help you prepare for and be successful at TRD. You may want to check with the Career Center on your own campus for additional assistance with preparing for TRD and interviewing.
The purpose of TRD is to help you meet with representatives from many school districts at one place and time. To maximize the event, be certain that by the time you come to TRD USA you have researched the districts which interest you. The more flexible you are in considering and interviewing with districts from different parts of the state and country, the more interview opportunities you are likely to have for the day. The TRD web site includes a list of districts scheduled to interview at TRD and in most instances includes links to district and school websites. Use the websites to gain a clearer understanding of the school district before talking to recruiters about scheduling an interview.
You will want to be flexible, open to various possibilities-but be realistic and practical. Your time and that of the interviewer is valuable. Schedule as many interviews as you can with districts you are sincerely interested in and where you can make a contribution.
You must attend Thursday, April 19, 2018. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Thursday, April 19
Doors Open: 7:00 a.m.
Registration: 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Orientation and Prep for Success: 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Interview Sign-Ups: 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Interviews: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 20
Interviews: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
First, review the list of participating districts based on the most current version of the CERTIFICATION CHART which you will want to print our from the TRD website. Since the chart is constantly updated you will want to print it out just a few days before the event. Check the chart for school district certification needs and review your priorities accordingly. Be certain to bring the chart with you to the event.
Research districts of interest by visiting their web page and by reading any print literature which might be available in your career center. (Note: By the time TRD arrives, several weeks will have passed from when the districts first reported their certification needs. During orientation, listen carefully for announcements regarding changes or additions to a districts certification needs and/or late arrival of districts. The clearer you are on the districts you most favor, the more quickly you will be able to respond to the rapidly closing schedules and changing certification needs.
Based on changes and updates to employer registrations which you can check on the TRD website, you may decide not to attend TRD and to apply to districts using other methods. If you decide not to attend, please inform your college career center so your spot may be filled by another candidate.
Go with a plan based on careful research of the districts and alternatives! Highly attractive school districts will fill interview schedules first, typically within the first controlled sign-up round. Do not assume that you will get an interview with every school district of interest. Be open to talking with a variety of recruiters. You may come upon an opportunity you may not have considered before, but which may sound appealing.
We suggest making a list of your top 10 schools in priority order. This list will assist you as things around you change so rapidly. For example, you could be waiting on a line to speak with a recruiter and her/his schedule could close before your eyes! If you have your list to work from, you will not lose valuable time trying to figure out where to go next.
Locate your #1 school of interest on the Convention Center map. As you enter the interview room you will be in a better position to know where you are going. Districts are in alphabetical order. TRD personnel will be wearing STAFF ribbons on their nametags. Ask one of these people for help as you need it. In addition to locating your first choice school on the map, be certain to have identified your next few choices as well - just in case you need to move to alternatives if your first choice is filled.
Get to know the map and layout of the convention center so you can move efficiently from one district of interest to another.
At the conclusion of morning interview sign-ups, additional openings can occur. There are occasionally unfilled schedules and candidates sometimes cancel interviews. Check the Open Interview Boards.
TRD should not be your whole job search, just one piece but hopefully a good beginning!
Sponsoring Career Centers:
Buffalo State College | Canisius College | Daemen College | D'Youville College | Empire State College | Fredonia
Houghton College | Medaille College | Niagara University | St. Bonaventure University | University at Buffalo