Career Advising for Interns

Hello interns!

Just a friendly note that your career advisor, Pepa Casselman, will be on leave starting “any day now” until the end of February 2019. Don’t fret, though, there are plenty of ways to get career assistance while I’m gone.

For the remainder of Fall 2018 (till Dec. 7):

  • Make an appointment with a College of Education Career Peer Advisor or an All-Majors Advisor via Handshake.
  • Send your most updated resume and/or cover letter to COECareers@msu.edu for a quick critique. As a reminder, there are plenty of resources on this site, especially under the section called Professional Document Resources if you need help.

During winter break: 

  • Very minimal career advising appointments will be offered during this time. Check Handshake for any options.
  • No quick resume critiques via email will be offered. If you email your document(s) to COECareers@msu.edu they will not be reviewed until the first week of classes in January.

For Spring 2019 (starting Monday, January 7):

  • Make an appointment with a College of Education Career Peer Advisor or an All-Majors Advisor via Handshake.
  • Send your most updated resume to COECareers@msu.edu for a quick critique.

Other Resources: 

  • Use this site, including previous blog posts, for help with career-related topics such as professional documents, job searching, interviewing, career fairs, etc.
  • Search around the MSU Career Services web site for other helpful resources.
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Use the MSU Career Handbook for Cover Letter Help

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.