Education Resource Page A reference letter file typically includes letters of recommendation, transcripts, and information about candidates KUCareerHawk.com/education that are submitted to school districts as a part of the application process. Specifically, it consists of a cover page, Contains customized 3-5 non-confidential letters of recommendation, and an unofficial KU transcript that are collected, maintained and resources and information sent by you to school districts after an application has been submitted. for education students, including Education resume samples, practice interview questions for K-12 Your self-managed reference letter file should include the following materials: interviews, and information about reference letter files. Cover Page: The cover page is the first page of your reference letter file that school districts will see and identifies you to the employer. It contains contact information as well as your area of certification/licensure. Education Groups Page Online community for Recommendation Letters: Most school districts require candidates submit between 3 and 5 letters of students and alumni recommendation. Consider the following when selecting and managing your references: interested in pursuing a o Carefully identify three to five individuals who can provide strong letters of recommendation, and career in K-12 education. who are interested and excited to help you. The most valuable recommendations come from those who can comment about your professional skills and abilities. This might include Career Coaches cooperating teachers, student teaching supervisors, superintendents, principals, faculty advisors, Career coaches are work supervisors, or instructors. available to assist students o Be professional and courteous in all communication you send to your references, including individually with a variety of email. You will want to provide each of your references with an updated copy of your resume career development and to help them highlight your unique skills and experiences as well as a signed copy of the job search topics. Reference Waiver form indicating that you wish to have access to their letter. You might also KU Career Connections provide each reference a self-addressed stamped envelope for their convenience. An online service through o The reference writer should type (rather than hand write) their letter on organization/business which KU students and letterhead and sign the letter. alumni can search job and o If you are applying to a school district that requires applicants to upload their letters of internship announcements, recommendation directly to an online application system, you will need to either obtain an post resumes and sign up electronic copy of each of your recommendation letters or scan your letters and save them as a for on-campus interviews. pdf document. o After receiving letters from your references, send each a thank you note for their time and Resume Dropbox assistance and keep them informed of your job search status. Allows students to send o Always keep the original reference letter and send only photocopies to employers. their resume to our office o Keep your reference letter file updated. Avoid using letters more than two or three years old, electronically for review and receive feedback within as they will not be viewed as credible or reflective of your current skills and experience. 1-2 days. Transcripts: You will need to obtain a copy of your transcript from the Registrar’s Office (151 Strong Workshops Hall) to include in your reference letter file. Typically, unofficial transcripts (ie, photocopies of your official The UCC staff delivers transcript) are acceptable to submit to a school district or employer initially. Then, if you are offered a numerous workshops position, you may be required to submit an official copy of your transcript as part of the hiring process. throughout the year on a NOTE: If you have completed coursework at other institutions, you may be required to submit transcripts from each variety of career-related college or university you’ve attended. topics. Visit KUCareerHawk.com to view a list of upcoming workshops. It’s important to follow the application instructions carefully as each school district/employer may have K-12 Recruiting Events slightly different application procedures and requirements. The UCC coordinates the Submit your reference letter file when requested by the employer. Districts typically prefer the Education Career Fair each reference letter file be sent after an application, cover letter and resume have been submitted. Fall and the Education Submit materials in the format requested by the employer. Interview Day each Spring o If the employer requests that your reference letters be submitted via U.S. mail, print a for students and alumni copy of each of the documents in the order listed above and place all materials in a 9x12 interested in pursuing a envelope. Type the address and return label rather than handwrite it. career in K-12 education. o Only submit the number of reference letters requested by the employer - no more, no less. For specific dates and o Maintain a record of where, when and to whom you have sent your application materials. additional details, visit KUCareerHawk.com/education. Please contact the UCC if you need assistance with or have specific questions about managing your reference letter file. 110 Burge Union • p: 785-864-3624 • f: 785-864-4572 • email@example.com • Contributing to Student Success!