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 email@example.com. She can help you put a plan together that will help you reach your career goals.
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:
For questions, please contact Jens Milobinski, director of human resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More and more, schools are offering virtual fairs to candidates for an easy and low maintenance (i.e., low cost) way to recruit. Check out this one from Prince William county Public Schools in Northern Virginia.
Missed this event? Google “virtual teacher fair” for others around the country.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Many school districts offer their own Teacher Fairs throughout the year to recruit future teachers. It’s never a bad idea to get face-to-face with these employers to express your interest (even if it’s a few years from now)! Keep your eyes and ears open for others this winter, spring, and early summer.
I often get asked about references (who to ask and how to set them up) and also about letters of recommendation (who to ask and what’s the difference anyway?). This is a copy of a document my colleague put together that I’ve changed slightly to fit the teaching profession. It’s kinda long, but full of good information. Hope this helps!
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!
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.
In case you missed the Teaching Abroad event this spring, here is a video recording of some awesome panelists who have all taught (or are currently teaching) abroad. Please note, not all of them are certified teachers. There are many diverse opportunities to teach abroad for all college majors.
Not all school districts attend university-run teacher fairs. Some choose to host their own job fairs to attract teachers to their schools. It is best to consider both networking options as a job seeker so you don’t miss any opportunity to teach at the school of your dreams.
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:
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.