Job fair attracts applicants from all over state

Staff photo: Douglas Clark  Marshall Middle School Principal Jay Brady interviews a candidate during the Clovis Municipal Schools job fair at the district’s administrative headquarters on Saturday. Officials said 10 attendees were extended letters of intent to hire during the event.

Staff photo: Douglas Clark
Marshall Middle School Principal Jay Brady interviews a candidate during the Clovis Municipal Schools job fair at the district’s administrative headquarters on Saturday. Officials said 10 attendees were extended letters of intent to hire during the event.

By Douglas Clark
Staff Writer
dclark@cnjonline.com

When Maria Ybarra received a social media message from a friend imploring her to attend the Clovis Municipal Schools job fair at the district’s headquarters on Saturday, she had no idea she would walk away from the event with a potential job offer.

“I’m super, super happy,” said Ybarra, of Clovis, who applied for a position as a Spanish instructor. “I’ve always wanted to work with children. It’s the right opportunity at the right moment and I couldn’t be happier.”

CMS officials said Ybarra was one of 10 applicants offered a letter of intent to hire — contingent upon qualification, background check and reference clearances. The event sought to attract candidates for certified positions within the field of teaching, special education and speech language pathology, among others.
Additionally, candidates possessing a bachelor’s degree, without a teaching certificate, garnered insight into alternative licensure programs at their disposal.

“It’s the first time we’ve done a job fair,” Clovis Municipal Schools Executive Director of Human Resources Kerry Parker said. “We go to colleges and universities to recruit, so we decided to try one ourselves. We’re very pleased with the results and would like to make this a regular event while looking into offering a fair in the fall that would also include non-certified positions.”

Parker said four CMS elementary school principals, two secondary principals and a special education liaison were on hand to interview candidates and she commended everyone for contributing to the fair’s success.

“We had 25 fair attendees and extended 10 letters of intent to elementary, secondary, special education and Spanish teachers, as well as one occupational therapist,” Parker said. “People came from Albuquerque, Hobbs and Las Cruces. We couldn’t have done this without the administrators and my office staff giving of their time on a Saturday. I’m very appreciative.”