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!


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.

International Teaching Opportunities

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More and more Spartan teachers are looking abroad for their first teaching opportunity. Did you know that 5% of last year’s interns are now working abroad? That may not seem like a lot to you, but when you think about the commitment of packing up and moving thousands of miles from friends and family, that’s a pretty significant number. Remember, teaching abroad is not always “teaching English abroad.” There are many positions for actual certified teachers.

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Branding Yourself Through Your Resume

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Want to get a job? Your professional brand needs to be well demonstrated in all of your social media and documents, especially your resume.

Remember, your resume is never a done deal. You will be updating it regularly from now until the end of your career with pertinent information about the professional YOU.

Need more help with your resume? Be sure to use the MSU Career Passport to help you with layout, action verbs, and tips for keeping content concise.

If you haven’t already, watch the how-to videos on transforming your “intern” resume to one that is appropriate for professional teaching positions.

I can’t stress it enough, the way you communicate yourself really matters. To stand out you need to share your most relevant and interesting information. Focus on your skills, accomplishments, and unique experiences. The reader only knows as much about you as you share with them!

Not sure how to make yourself stand out? Try reflecting a little bit deeper using a professional branding guide created by MSU Alumni Professional Enrichment team: Professional Branding Exercise. It will help you get your juices flowing and determine what is important to share about YOU!