It’s never too early (or too late) to practice your interviewing skills. The more prepared you are the better you will feel about the whole interview experience.
Early spring semester is a really good time to start taking action on choosing folks for references and letters of recommendations.
It’s not uncommon that when the job search is in the horizon a small wave of panic comes over us as we realize: “oh crap, I need to work on my resume!” Relax, my friends. The resume is important, but it is only one of the many ways to impress a school district with your special skills and teaching abilities. Here are a couple additional resources to help you with your resume building.
- Resume Video – For your review, please see a special professional development seminar I did for secondary interns in December on how to write a professional teaching resume. The video may be on the longer side, but it’s full of great resources and tips for you as you begin to fine-tune your document.
PowerPoint Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1T4-2lcnJlVc9vBFqEuSaE3U03R2CnFPjzPqAlxIBLYs/edit?usp=sharing
- Peer Career Advising – Although I am personally not always available for resume reviews, there is now a peer career advisor available in the College of Education to assist you specifically with your resumes and cover letters. You do not need to meet in person (unless you want to), quick reviews via email are also an option (allow 1-2 business days for feedback).
Katie Morisette, COE Peer Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie offers walk-in advising on Fridays from 3:30-5:00PM (spring 2016 only, check here for current schedule) or by appointment (Log into MySpartanCareer for her schedule)
And don’t forget, guys, the “intern” resume isn’t going to cut it in the real world. Be sure to check out the video “how tos” for transforming your internship resume into a professional resume.
Your teaching portfolio. You’ve heard about it, you’ve seen examples, and hopefully you’ve attempted to start, but here are a few tips that will help you continuously develop your portfolio and professional brand throughout your internship year. Continue reading
Want to get a job? Your professional brand needs to be well demonstrated in all of your social media and documents, especially your resume.
Remember, your resume is never a done deal. You will be updating it regularly from now until the end of your career with pertinent information about the professional YOU.
Need more help with your resume? Be sure to use the MSU Career Passport to help you with layout, action verbs, and tips for keeping content concise.
If you haven’t already, watch the how-to videos on transforming your “intern” resume to one that is appropriate for professional teaching positions.
I can’t stress it enough, the way you communicate yourself really matters. To stand out you need to share your most relevant and interesting information. Focus on your skills, accomplishments, and unique experiences. The reader only knows as much about you as you share with them!
Not sure how to make yourself stand out? Try reflecting a little bit deeper using a professional branding guide created by MSU Alumni Professional Enrichment team: Professional Branding Exercise. It will help you get your juices flowing and determine what is important to share about YOU!
Have you ever Googled yourself?
Since last Spring when you turned in your intern resume on D2L, you have probably forgotten about your teaching resume. But now is a great time to take a second look at your document and start adapting it to a more professional teaching resume. Continue reading