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 carls173@msu.edu. She can help you put a plan together that will help you reach your career goals.

2018-19 Teaching Positions already getting posted!

TIME SENSITIVE INFORMATION

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:

https://www.applitrack.com/westottawa/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Elementary+School+Teaching

For questions, please contact Jens Milobinski, director of human resources, at milobinskij@westottawa.net.

Spring 2018 Career Development Sessions

Career (1)Join your college career consultant, Pepa Casselman, for two professional development sessions this spring to help you with upcoming job searches. Both sessions will be virtual and log in information is below. If you have questions about either session, please email Pepa at carls173@msu.edu.

Teaching Abroad for Certified Teachers – Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 8:00 PM – Zoom link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/965274697

Job Search Strategies for Teachers – Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7:00 PM – Zoom link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/857401417

Also keep an eye out for information on the March 10th Get-a-Job Mock Interview Event brought to you by the College of Education Alumni Association. This event is open to interns only. More information to come.

What Matters Most in Interviewing

I came across this infographic that accurately highlights the importance of non-verbals during an interview. We forget sometimes that yes, having industry knowledge is important (85%!), but also being sincerely excited about working for the school or organization and being able to carry on a conversation with the interviewers is also VERY important. Employers are looking for a good “fit” and they can’t always determine that just from your answers to their interview answers…be kind, be personable, and most importantly, be you!

Interviewing

Need help with the interview process? Former teaching interns have access to their College Career Consultant for up to 2 years after finishing the program. To make an appointment, log in to Handshake. Appointments can be made in person, over the phone, or via Skype. Indicate your medium preference in the advising notes.

Illinois Certification

Aside from Michigan, the state of Illinois is the top state for Spartan Teachers to call home after finishing the TPP. Any time you’re thinking of teaching in another state you will need to follow the steps necessary for transferring your teaching license (in this case you’re transferring a Michigan license to an Illinois license, even if you’re a Chicago intern). The best place to find the most up-to-date information on how to do this is by going to the Board of Education web site for that state. They can be hard to navigate, but will have the most accurate information.

For now, I want to share information from both our College of Education web site AND from a former Chicago intern, Cheryl G., on paths for obtaining a state of Illinois teaching licence. Thank you Cheryl for your information and expertise! Note: her strategy is to first sub! A great foot-in-the-door technique for any young teacher. Please see her strategy here:

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The College of Education website shares a sightly different route, please go to http://www.educ.msu.edu/certification/certification-update/illinois.asp for those details and instructions.

For information on teaching in other states, we suggest using the site certificationmap.com.