Searching for a job is a rigorous and time-consuming process. With the pressures of being a full-time student, finding time to conduct a proper job search can be difficult. Mizzou’s College of Education and Human Development Career Services Office is here to help you throughout this process. With the help of our knowledgeable staff and resources, the tools are available for you to plan meaningful professional development and execute a successful job search.

Professional Portfolio

In addition to an application, employers expect various files when you apply for a job in an educational setting. You can keep your files organized with your choice of technology tools in a Professional Portfolio (perhaps a digital folder in an accessible and secure location such as on a USB, cloud service, and on a personal electronic device). Your Professional Portfolio will contain the following documents:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • List of References
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Student Teaching Evaluation
  • Copy of your latest background check
  • Copy of your teacher certificates (or a Letter of Verification from the CEHD Certification Officer) *
  • Transcripts
  • Potentially a headshot
  • Potentially professional social media profiles such as LinkedIn

If you are an undergraduate student, you may not have all these materials (e.g., your teacher certification) when applying for jobs. Employers understand this and consider your application with the most up-to-date information you can provide.

*If you are currently an undergraduate student who is student teaching, you may request a letter verifying future certification from our Certification Officer by sending an email with the subject “Request for Letter of Certification” to Please make sure to include your name, student number, the program you are enrolled in and the certification(s) you are pursuing. You can learn more at the Certification page.


Guides, Templates, and Samples

Resources for Using Technology Tools and Social Media in the Job Search

Other Resources

Join us for the 2024 MOJOE Career Fair!

The Missouri Job Opportunities in Education Job Fair is an annual event held at the University of Missouri. Over 100 educational employers and graduate programs across the country are present every year to discuss job opportunities and conduct interviews.

When: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: MizzouRec, 1000 E. Rollins St, Columbia, MO 65211

Questions: Contact the Career Services Coordinator at

The job fair is free and open to the public. We invite candidates at every stage of their career from any institution!

Success Tips

  • Dress professionally in interview attire.
  • Bring multiple copies of your résumé to meet with multiple employers.
  • Be polite and positive.
  • Research potential employers beforehand.
  • Apply to jobs posted for the employers you are interested in.

Don’t forget you have access to professional dress resources in the Exchange Career Closet located in Townsend Reflector 101G.

Employer Representatives

All employer registrations will be processed online through our campus job board powered by Handshake. Registration will open on October 1, 2023, at 8:00 am and remain open via the link here.

To register you must first have an active Handshake Users Account. Please click here to view a guide to help you get started. Once you have an account you can use this guide if you need help registering for the fair. Once your registration has been approved in Handshake see information here on how to pay the registration fee.

Expect to meet some outstanding candidates who have chosen a career in the education field. We look forward to seeing you at MOJOE 2024! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 573-882-5069 or