Use the MSU Career Handbook for Cover Letter Help

If you aren’t using the Career Handbook to help you with all professional development needs, now’s the time to do so! This booklet covers everything from resume and cover letter writing, to interviewing techniques, to navigating career fairs. The most updated version is always available electronically on the homepage of the Career Services Network website.

For those of you working on a cover letter, use these pages of the Handbook to help you get started. P.S. – the Taylor Levine cover letter is the preferred style.

Be sure to go beyond what you’ve communicated in your resume to articulate personal examples of your interest in the position, unique skills, and relevant experiences. Thoroughly read the job description and the school’s web site to learn what they are specifically looking for and what they value to best make the case that you’d be a good fit for the position, school, and community. Incorporate buzz words and concepts into your cover letter that let the reader know you’ve done your homework!

Have a cover letter you want reviewed before applying for a job? Send it to COE Career Services for some feedback! Whenever possible, share the job description, too. Send to: Keep an eye out on the blog for more sample cover letters in the future.


Job Search Strategies

For those of you who did or did not get the opportunity to log on to our Job Search Strategies webinar last week, feel free to review the content covered here.

If you have questions about your job search, be sure to talk to your career advisor, Pepa Casselman. To make an appointment, email Pepa at She can help you put a plan together that will help you reach your career goals.

2018-19 Teaching Positions already getting posted!


Although it’s early, some school districts will get a head start on filling positions for the 2018-19 school year. See link below for opportunities with the west Michigan school district, West Ottawa.

West Ottawa Public Schools just posted 4 elementary teaching positions for the 2018-19 school year. These positions will be posted for the remainder of this week and interviewing will start next week.  The link for these positions is:

For questions, please contact Jens Milobinski, director of human resources, at

Why we suggest leaving your address off your resume…

Traditionally a resume includes all your main contact information: name, address, email, and phone number. As of late, resume norms have changed and it’s for your safety. It is now recommended to leave your physical address OFF your resume – especially if you plan to post your document online.

Consider this: you post your resume on your website or online portfolio, making your resume public. Including your contact information. When Googled this is one of the first things people will view and the information can lead them directly to your house! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anyone to know where I live!

Here’s an example of a super simple (yet still effective) contact header for your resume:


Google yourself. Do you like what you see? If not make your information private or change what you are communicating. Keep yourself safe, people!