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Credential Files are a professional, convenient and dependable aid in the application process. It is a way to organize and send your application materials to potential employers and graduate schools. It also eliminates the time-consuming process of continuously compiling the necessary documents for various applications. Finally, it allows your information to reach the employer in one complete package.
You want to be prepared to accommodate the employer's request! Some are still requesting hard copies of credentials, but more and more employers are requesting documents electronically.
To establish a credential file, collect the necessary application documents. There are options: 1) collecting hard copies of all documents and personally keeping a file; 2) collect documents electronically; or 3) collect documents and manage them through an outside vendor.
Documents may include but are not limited to:
You could collect letters from any of the following:
A letter of recommendation should be typed or computer generated - not handwritten. Writers should limit their comments to one page. Writers are encouraged to use official letterhead. It is important that the writer dates the letter and includes his/her signature and contact information. Letters of recommendation should come from those who can speak directly to your skills and abilities in reference to the work environment. Career-related references, not character references (friends, family, significant others), are most useful to employers.
It is suggested that you limit the number of recommendations to 6. Most candidates have 3-6 letters in their files.
You may obtain letters of recommendation by requesting them directly from the writer. The following suggestions are also recommended:
You, as the applicant, are responsible for supplying your credentials when requested by the employer. Typically, this occurs during the application process. In some instances, employers do not request credentials until they have completed their initial screening process. It is very important that you follow whatever process the employer indicates in the job posting. All application materials, including credentials, should be sent in a 9x12-inch envelope. Address labels should be typed. Keep a record of when and where you have sent your applications materials.
A complete self-managed file would include a cover sheet. It is very important that your documents have a polished, professional appearance. Following your cover sheet make certain to include all of your application materials, which may include:
Yes. Nationally, many application processes suggest this.
Send your self-managed credential file.
A copy of your student teaching evaluation can be obtained by contacting Educational Leadership at 660-562-1231.
Your official transcript can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office, 660-562-1151/1152 or http://www.nwmissouri.edu/registrar/transcript.htm.
Absolutely! We want you to be successful in your job search. We are available to work with you individually to address any questions you may have about self-managed credentials, resumes, cover letters, job search strategies, or career information. To schedule time with a professional staff member complete our online appointment form (located on our website), call 660-562-1250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office hours are M-F, 8-5.