Career development is a journey—and the Career Connections team is here to guide you through every stage.
Build Up Your Resume
Now that you know teaching is the right fit, it’s time to start building your resume. Early field experience and student teaching will be critical components of your learning. But it’s also important to take advantage of the many opportunities on and off campus that will set you apart from other candidates during your job search. Remember that timing is everything, so plan to have these experiences completed in the semesters before your student teaching begins.
Kinds of Experience Employers Look For
- Working with children
- Leadership opportunities
- Working with diverse populations
Here are some suggestions for building your resume:
- Join student organizations and pursue leadership positions. There are over 750 student organizations on campus.
- View our professional development calendar and more workshops in Career Connection Online.
- Find local volunteer opportunities at the Bloomington Volunteer Network.
- Review the Education Career Guide to find more experiential opportunities.
- Search Career Connections Online for internships and part-time professional opportunities.
- Gain classroom teaching experience as a student by substitute teaching for Monroe County Community School Corporation.
- Consider participating in Global Gateway for Teachers to gain cultural immersion experience.
- Consider adding a minor, license addition, or language classes to make you even more marketable.
“Take every opportunity you can to make yourself marketable, especially if it means pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. You’ll only be able to grow from that experience. You never know; years down the road it could really give you an advantage during an interview.”
School of Education ’10 graduate
Horsing Around with Art Coordinator, Kentucky Derby Museum
Start Building Your Resume Now!
Keep a master version that lists your work and volunteer experience up to this point. From there, we can help you tailor it for future job applications.
- Make an appointment with one of our advisors to make sure your resume is polished and ready.
- Attend one of our resume workshops.
- Upload your resume to your Career Connections Online, which will allow one of our advisors to provide feedback and suggestions. Note that all students must have an approved resume uploaded by early March to be invited to register for Interview Day.
- Look through these resources to help you write your resume:
Feel like you are ready to enter the professional world?
Most of your undergrad is about getting a mixture of learning and working experience. Once you’ve built up a well-rounded resume, you’re ready to enter the job search process!
Find a Job
Schedule an individual appointment with one of our advisors. Career services are available to all students and alumni of the IU School of Education.
Phone: (812) 856-8500
Or stop by the front desk in Suite 1000 in the W.W. Wright Education Building.