Professional documents: When do I share them?

A question I’ve been getting a lot lately is when do I know when to share my professional documents (i.e., resume, cover letter, references, portfolio) with potential employers? Frustratingly, the best answer is…it depends! Here are some highlights to help you navigate.

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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:

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

 

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.

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Finding our purpose as a professional is so important…and many of us go into education because we want to “help people.” It’s always good to know that what you’re doing is making a difference in the world and that you are truly helping others succeed. Read on for a wonderful article.

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Strong teachers are the single most important factor in a student’s ability to succeed in school, according to multiple studies reported by the U.S. Department of Education. MSU’s College of Education has established a reputation for excellence and visionary thinking in its efforts to improve teaching and learning across our nation and world.

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Being Financially Savvy After MSU

Now that you have accepted, are getting ready to accept, or will soon be making a decision on a new job, there is so much to learn when it comes to financial planning. Whether it’s investing in a 401K, paying off student loans, or buying a new house or car, you need to be smart with your money.

MSUFCU has some great resources for young professionals that are available – for free –  to both members and nonmembers. Learn from financial experts how to more efficiently pay off your loans, create a useful budget, or determine your credit score. Financial 4.0 offers free, useful, and relevant financial tools to young alumni online or via app.

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Want to get a head start on planning for your first year in the “adult world”? Try this article: Planning for Post-Grad Life.