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.
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: COECareers@msu.edu. Keep an eye out on the blog for more sample cover letters in the future.
More virtual fairs to think about – especially for those thinking about teaching out-of-state. Check the CareerEco site for even more fair options.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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.
Thank you to the interns who tuned in on January 17 for the Teaching Abroad for Certified Teacher webinar. For those of you who would like access to the content, it can be found here.
Please also see the following handouts (created by the College of Arts and Letters) on teaching abroad and ESL programs abroad for more resources and options.