So few schools and so few openings. I am certified in three different areas and have IB experience of 3 years abroad. Americans applying to teach in European schools are discouraged and not even looked at by most schools this time of year because getting work permits is so difficult. I am registered with CIS, Search, and ISS and am really discouraged about what is available for a single woman with a strong background and experience.
United Kingdom 5/19
I attended the above fair along with my fiancee. I had attended the 2009 May fair as well and my thoughts and feelings have not altered. Generally, I think it depends on the subject area you teach. My fiancee and I teach non core subjects so did not have as much choice as Maths, Science or English teachers. The fair was run in a professional and helpful manner with plenty of information available and associates available if necessary. In fact my fiancee had limited interview opportunities and when she passed this information on to Margaret Deelman, she spent some time talking to her about possible career options including branching out into other areas.
The general standard of recruiters was quite high with a couple of exceptions, but I still rate Search more highly than CIS. Overall, I have found both fairs to be useful and informative and I was offered jobs at both fairs! When you consider the state of the global economy and the fact that it is very much a recruiters market at present, then I think that Search provide a well tailored approach and service. The previous poster should really elaborate on why they the whole process so appalling for a balanced perspective.
United Kingdom 5/9
Hated it. I will never attend another Fair by Search again.