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 both virtual and in-person.

Melbourne Job Fair

Date: 2-4 January, 2023

Location: Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto

Registrations for schools opens June 1st and registration for teachers opens July 1st, 2022.

The Melbourne Job fair has consistently been one of the most successful Search Associates Fairs in terms of 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 30 international schools will be in attendance and approximately 150 candidates.

Why Attend a Job Fair?


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

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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 schools. 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 which 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.

Benefits For Candidates

Our Job Fairs offer excellent networking, ongoing guidance, and endless opportunities for all of our candidates

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Kate Henry

English Teacher

Australia Australia

Nick, personally assisted me by answering my questions, giving tips and guidance and offering moral support when I was making one of the biggest decisions of my life. I would highly recommend Search Associates.

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Scotty Ngatai

Grade 1 Teacher

New Zealand New Zealand

Teaching Internationally has made my life so much better in terms of family, health, travel, and coin! If you want to learn more get along to one of these Nick's talks (that is if you aren't planning or marking!)!

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Samara Cox

Science Teacher

New Zealand New Zealand

My experience with Search Associates was only positive. Their professional, approachable, and well-organised approach made it simple and straight forward for me to successfully find the perfect position that I was looking for!

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Neil Marshall-Inns

Elementary Principal

United Kingdom United Kingdom

 Nick and Paula do an amazing job of connecting excellent schools with excellent teachers and provide wonderful support to both. I highly recommend them.

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