There is nothing comparable to the in-person opportunity to experience one of the unique and exciting international job fairs hosted by Search Associates around the world! In Australia, the Search Associates job fair is held each year in Melbourne. Recruiters from around the world travel to meet with teachers from Australia and New Zealand.

Please see our Job Fair home page for more information on upcoming fairs.

Melbourne Job Fair

Date: 5-7 January, 2025

Location: Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto

Registrations for schools open June 1st, and registration for teachers opens August 16th, 2024.

The Melbourne Job Fair has consistently been one of the most successful Search Associate Fairs regarding placement ratios, so teaching candidates have an early opportunity to impress the schools and recruiters at the beautiful InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. Teachers who receive invitations to this fair are passionate about their students and have a proven track record.

We anticipate around 35 international schools will be in attendance and approximately 150 candidates.

Why Attend a Job Fair?


This event is by invitation only, so please register your interest if you want to come along. We would love to see you there!

Hectic, intense few days…. but it gave us great insight into the range of schools and what they were looking for in candidates. Thanks, Search and the schools that attended and gave us interviews. Conrad

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Why choose the Melbourne Fair?

Extremely friendly and collegial fair

The majority of candidates have had inquiry-based teaching in Australia and New Zealand.

The number of schools attending the fair is capped at 30 of the best worldwide.

We keep the ratio of teachers to schools at 1:4

In previous years, almost 70% of teachers have walked away with a job

70% of teachers receive job offers from one or more schools at the fair

What Sort of Schools Recruit at the Melbourne Fair?

All schools attending the Melbourne Fair have to be registered with Search Associates. Roughly 10% of all schools listing themselves as providing international education, worldwide, are currently registered with Search Associates.

This is the product of clear policy by our company to work with a certain type of school. Each applicant school has to undertake a rigorous process of screening before it is accepted. As a registered candidate at the Melbourne Fair, you can expect specific advice regarding schools that are of interest to you.

Which Candidates Are the Most Successful at This Fair?

This is a very difficult question to answer as there are always exceptions to the rule. Teachers in specialist fields have the best chances of success due to a smaller teacher supply in relation to the number of jobs. Specialist areas include music, art, library, early childhood, science and mathematics, and advanced level teachers (such as IB Diploma, AP, GCE A-Level).

Specialists do have an advantage over English and ESL teachers, fields in which the supply is large, but schools are always looking for outstanding teachers in all areas. Also in high demand: educators who have the flexibility and the willingness to work in sometimes challengingly different professional environments.

However, any teacher with a proven track record and a passion for student learning can succeed at this fair.

"This fair was an amazing and fabulous experience. Well done Search Associates!"

— Heidi Stevens

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