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Internships a Must for Job-Seeking Students
In a job market where college degrees seem to be diminishing in value, internships are now becoming a popular requirement for future employers. Some schools are even offering students work studies programs to incorporate workplace experience while in school… Read More
What Not to Do: A Provost Shares 12 Job Interview Bloopers
No matter if you are interviewing for a position as faculty, administration or any other area of work, there are certain things to avoid no matter what… Read More
The Good Student Skills Inhibiting Your Career Success
The "good student skills" we learned over the years in school may not guarantee a successful and fulfilling career in the real world. Success in a job setting requires different approaches beyond just submitting good work. There are five things we are taught as students that may fail us in our careers… Read More
Read this Article Now or Later? 7 Ways to Stop Procrastinating
Everyone procrastinates. But when procrastination causes anxiety and interferes with your performance can you stop it before it becomes a more serious problem? Jude Bijou offers seven ways to take action against the negative effects of procrastination… Read More
The Origins and Role of the Registrar
Did the role of the registrar evolve from the beadle at medieval universities? Shawn C. Smith argues that the origins of the registrar's office are more complex than that. Read More
Higher Education Administrators Pursuing Higher Education
More post-graduate programs specializing in the field of enrollment management are emerging, and many college and university administrators are now pursuing the degree and certificate programs offered by them. Read More
Benefiting from Higher Education Work Benefits
People usually do not seek jobs in higher education to strike it rich. Salaries in the profession are often lower than in the private sector, but the incentives of working in higher education can be found through generous benefits, job stability, and other unique means. Read More
"Any Questions?" What Employers Want to Hear in an Interview
Preparing for an interview can be stressful for many and at times nerves can affect the outcome while you are sitting in the hot seat. However, according to Justin Thompson, this does not always have to be the case. He suggests that the questions go both ways during the interviewing process so the candidate can also get a better feel on what the company is all about and how they fit into the company's network. Read More
Negotiating as Dating: Advice for Job Seekers
Over the past few years, negotiating salary has become an additional challenge for many job seekers after landing an interview. Salary may never be mentioned until after a number of interviews have already taken place and, once it is finally mentioned, may become a game of who will name the number first. For these kinds of discussions Alina Tugend offers a unique approach to negotiating: Consider job hunting as a lot like dating. Read More
Why Phone Interviews are Different
Phone interviews are commonly perceived by job seekers as screening obstacles instead of influencing opportunities. While the in-person interview hones in on specific details of the position and background, the phone interview gives general impressions for employers to decide whether or not to move forward with a candidate. Read More
A View of Leadership from a Higher Education Professional Perspective
While retaining the same services as in the past, today's higher education administrators have moved towards action-driven and strategic visions to achieve new and higher goals in how those services are delivered. Among the abundance of books, monographs and articles written on the subject of leadership, J. James Wager offers his perspective as a professional who has spent nearly 40 years in the higher education sector. Read More
Networking in the New Age of Technology: Tips for Job Seekers
Today's job market can often feel like an uphill battle after sending countless resumes via email or mail, not knowing who is on the other end and what has happened to your job application. The good news is that trends in technology and the job market have shown that networking, both socially and in business, can be just as important as one's resume to landing a job. Read More
Reinventing Your Career without Having to "Reinvent the Wheel"
The crossroads of changing careers seems to become an increasingly common trend, but it remains a challenging and difficult endeavor for many. According to job search coach Laura Labovich, to successfully reinvent your career as something you enjoy means exploring what is needed first and then putting a foot in the door through part time work, internships or volunteer work in the subject. It is better to learn the field, those in it, and what they are looking for, she believes, before making a leap into a new field. Read More
How to Take Full Advantage of Annual Conferences
This year's AACRAO Annual Meeting (April 1-4) takes place in the midst of the higher education conference season. Higher Education annual conferences are both a time honored tradition and an important place to network and sharpen professional development. Unfortunately, with recent budget constraints many institutions are forced to choose some meetings over others or are unable to attend meetings at all. Read More
Juggling Life with a Good Night's Sleep
There is a way to achieve a good night's sleep and increase productivity while juggling home, personal and work life. Applying business process improvement principles and measurements to real-world goals can successfully lead to positive outcomes of added sleep and family time. Read More
To Thank or Not to Thank? The Traditional Thank-You Note
Thank-you notes are a time-honored tradition for job hunters, but in the post-internet world, are they still necessary? Read More
College Administration as Another Option for the Ph.D.
Working in college administration can be a perfect fit for team-oriented Ph.D.'s interested in higher education but not faculty positions. Read More
The Job Interview Was a Disaster, Now What?
Everyone suffers through a bad interview once in a while, but with a few helpful tips you can recover, and even turn it around for good. Read More
The Master's as the New Bachelor's
As colleges delve deeper into the pool of high school graduates for college attendance, the Master's may replace the Bachelor's as the signal of professional dedication and field knowledge. Read More
Tips for Finding a Job in a Recession
It may seem that there are no jobs available, but there is still work out there. Here are some ways to stand out in the midst of a tight job market. Read More
In Michigan, ‘Trailing Spouses’ May Not Have to Make Job Sacrifice
At some point or another, most working couples are faced with the dilemma: One spouse gets a great job offer in another city, but the other spouse doesn’t want to leave his or her job for an uncertain professional future in a different job market. Read More
Is an Informational Interview Worth Pursuing?
Yes. Although they are not easy to find, informational interviews can give you the edge you need to get establish a good connection and get hired at a prospective firm. Read More
How to Be Prepared for a Layoff
While the prospect of being laid off can sound demoralizing, the advice in this column just might help all of us make the best of our current job. Read More
The Progression of the College Admissions Professional
After 16 years as an admission professional Christopher Tremblay has discovered five action-oriented stages that define his career: learning, executing, leading, contributing and advocating. These guidelines give you the perspective needed to become an outstanding admissions professional regardless of what phase of your career you are in.
Christopher Tremblay of University of Michigan-Dearborn tells College and University Journal that much of the learning about admissions takes place on the job by shadowing professionals in the field, building professional relationships and keeping up to date on relevant topics in the field. After years of executing the job - processing admissions files and recalculating GPAs–the typical admissions officer often yearns to do more. A leadership position allows the admissions professional to plan and guide the future of the field of college admissions and give back to the field. Perpetuating the sharing of knowledge by contributing to publications, national presentations and committees or mentoring becomes a natural responsibility. The final step is advocacy, which requires diversity, equity and excellence in order to transform the future of planning and development and to uphold the integrity of the field. Read More
Degree Required, but You Don’t Have One
For any job seeker, admitting that you don’t have a degree can be a terrifying thought. Many employers list a bachelor’s degree as a requirement for applicants, but people who have had “some college” and do not have a completed degree should “put in perspective this small piece of the total picture and [not to] focus on it” says Colorado based career counselor Katy Piotrowski. Read More
Higher Education Hiring: Colleges and Universities are where the jobs are
In stark contrast to national averages, jobs in the higher education sector have risen over 4% through the first half of 2010. This is little comfort for those who were already laid off as a result of budget cuts but based on data compiled by the Department of Education it is evident that there is a marked growth in senior level positions. Read More
The Academic Job Search and the Internet
The internet has become a valuable research tool for gathering information on job candidates; but beware of how reliable or accurate the information is. Gary Olson of the Chronicle of Higher Education recommends that academic recruiters use due diligence to verify information. Read More
Give Me More Money! How to Successfully Negotiate Your Salary
Should you mention personal reasons for needing a higher salary? How do you ask for a raise at your annual review? How can you negotiate a salary increase and a switch to a part-time telecommute? Who should bring up salary first - you or the potential employer? How do you ask for a raise during a hiring freeze? How do you approach salary negotiation after being out of the workforce? Ron Krannich, co-author of Give Me More Money! answers these and other questions to help you get the salary you deserve. Read More
Overcoming Nightmare Interview Scenarios
For many people, job interviews are as daunting as dental work and taxes. They can be stressful, unpleasant and even mysterious, and seemingly everyone has a tale to tell -- a story of the kooky interviewer, of getting stuck in a room for hours as a parade of people come in to repeat questions over and over again, or of surprise skills tests. Read More
Interviewing? Being Pregnant Could Be an Advantage
When preparing for an interview, when is it appropriate to disclose pregnancy? Lily Garcia offers advice for how to make your pregnancy an asset, not an obstacle, during the interview process. Read More
In Asia, Growing Demand for Western-Trained Faculty
Business schools in Asia looking to strengthen the credibility of their graduate programs are recruiting professors in the U.S. Deans at those schools say nabbing "star" professors is critical for building clout in the research world and subsequently attracting the brightest students to their graduate programs. This growing number of mostly foreign-born U.S. business school professors being lured overseas are drawn to the more competitive salaries, lighter course loads, the promise of more time research and direct access to emerging economies. Read More
Advice for Senior Job Hunters
After sending out dozens, sometimes hundreds of resumes, the experienced worker can easily become disillusioned with the job hunting process. Their long work histories and experience levels often make it seem like they are over qualified and will cost too much to employ. Unfortunately the market is flooded with people in this situation, so you must develop a strategic plan to help identify what positions to apply for and how to sell yourself to those companies. Read More
Making the Most of the Slow Days of Summer
The lulls of an office in the summertime can be a great opportunity to learn more about your company and prove your worth - especially if you are a recent hire. Anna Prior offers a few simple dos and don'ts of how to make it through the summer without wasting all of your vacation time. Read More
Overcoming a Demoralized Workplace as a New Hire
All too often, when a company has faced budget cuts and layoffs, the employees remaining with the company are wary of newcomers. As the new employee, it behooves you to establish the tone of your time with the company. Read More
Keys to Successfully Re-Entering the Work Force
After a period of unemployment, the initial excitement of finally finding a job can quickly morph into anxieties about re-entering the workplace. In order to avoid unnecessary apprehension, you should attempt to re-establish your work routine a few weeks before you actually return to your full time position. Read More
Want Your Old Job Back?
If your former employer is advertizing an opening for your old job, you may think you're the perfect candidate. You've already held the position, so who could be more qualified? But before you get excited about jumping back into your old career, it is prudent to assess the situation and make sure that you are still right for the position, and that the position is still right for you. Read More
Starting Your Career - How Low is Too Low?
For the recent college grad, finding a job without any real work experience can be troublesome. Some are lucky enough to find a job right after graduation through networking and sheer perseverance but, for most that is not the case. The surest way to get that first job and gain necessary experience, in a good economy or a bad one, is to start at the bottom. Read More
Accepting a Looming Layoff
Accepting the fact that you're being laid-off is surely difficult; you've spent the past decade or so in an environment where your work was valued and respected. Spending the last months of your tenure with consultants in an effort to build the web services that are to replace you is certainly not the ideal way to depart. Though it may be an affront to your pride, getting angry over this inevitable transition will only eliminate the congenial feelings from the time in your position. Read More
Career and family - can you have it all?
Until recently, a family was seen by many working women as a distraction on their rise to high profile, high pressure jobs. Women and men alike were willing to forgo starting a family in order to make their way to the preeminent positions they desired. Today, more and more people are unwilling to compromise starting and caring for their families, despite the fear that job pressures will be too much to keep it all in balance. Read More
How to Make Evaluation Time Stress-free!
Modeled after military-style debriefings, many workplaces have adopted the After Action Review to streamline and de-stress their annual review process. By reviewing all projects after their completion and determining strengths and weaknesses, this technique helps to inspire collaboration and unity in the workplace while simultaneously simplifying the annual evaluation process. Read More
Strategic Enrollment Management's Ambassadors: The Changing Role of Admissions Counselors
In SEM-centered institutions, the admission counselor is no longer simply a recruiter or application decision maker. Instead, they now serve as ambassadors to the students and faculty alike through a complete and dynamic comprehension of a school's academic context. Read More
Effective Strategies for Dealing with People You Can't Stand
We all have found ourselves in situations where we feel frustrated and confused by certain behaviors that make our lives difficult. Fortunately, specific strategies can be used to deal with ten of the most "unwanted behaviors" of colleagues. We can apply these communication strategies and self-adjust our own attitude in order to "bring out the best in people at their worst" and, ultimately, make our lives easier. Read More
Count your contacts -- and make them count
The word "networking" is often thrown around during the job search process. Certainly, the ability to network is important. The question is, what is the best way to do it? The answer, according to Vickie Elmer of The Washington Post, is to take a three-pronged approach. It's essential to develop contacts online and offline in addition to following up diligently. Being positive, especially in the face of personal adversity, is also important. Read More
What do you do? It's just a question.
Networking while unemployed can be a scary proposition. Pitching yourself as a great candidate to a potential employer is tricky. When faced with tough questions about your current job status -- whatever it may be -- it's important to remain positive. Employers will respect you being forthcoming, even if you're not the candidate they're looking for. Read More
Employer Communication Drives Employee Performance
Communication matters. According to a recent communication survey, companies that are effective communicators are more effective overall. "The link between communication and these three levels of performance—courage, innovation, and discipline—is a welcome one, John Baldoni of Business Week writes. Read More
Is Taking a Step Down the Career Ladder Worse than Not Working at All?
Deciding whether to accept a job that you consider beneath your pay grade isn't an enjoyable proposition. Unfortunately in this economy, many people are facing this problem. But after a long period of unemployment, you may have no choice. Read More
How much to invest in a job opportunity?
Job opportunities are precious these days. And everybody wants to impress a prospective employer. But what is the appropriate amount of time, energy and money to invest in applying for a job? The answer is complicated. Read More
Book shares tips on how to prepare for a job interview
With graduation upon us, now is an exciting time for the nation's graduates. It's job interview season! There are several things young job seekers should know before an interview. Read More
So You Want to be a Director of Admissions?
Not everyone is cut out to be a Director of Admissions. Some only see admissions work as a temporary stop. But those who have an affinity for admissions work begin to distance themselves from those who are “just doing a job.” Those who are prepared, who think ahead five or 10 years down the line, are the ones who are destined to be Directors of Admissions… Read More
Creating a Career Ladder: Motivating and Developing Staff
Lawrence Technological University is the test case for this examination of admissions development. There, the office was restructured with the idea that all admissions counselors need to build campus-wide relationships. Versatility is vital for all levels of staff… Read More
Do Not ‘Fear’ a Strong Registrar
There are two kinds of registrars, Chuck Hurley writes. There are traditional registrars, who honor registrar standards but fear change and do little to grow the profession, and ambassadors of data. In today’s academic world, ambassadors of data, people who collaboratively bring forward the profession with a combined knowledge of records and information technology, are ideal… Read More
Confessions of an Ex-Boss: What I Learned from My Staff
Being a boss isn’t easy. Richard J. Riehl worked in higher education for 30 years. He knows what it was like. Early on, being liked by the people he led was important. As time went on, however, he realized that being liked was less important than steering a steady ship. Honesty, directness and a sense of humor helped him. It can also help you as a manager… Read More
Don’t want your personality pegged at work? Skip the test
The Myers-Briggs personality assessment is often used by employers as a team-building exercise in determining whether workers are properly utilized. The question is, as an employee, should you agree to take a Myers-Briggs test. Is it an invasion of privacy?… Read More
Visualize a career change several steps ahead
If you’re thinking about changing careers, it pays to think ahead. Switching fields isn’t something that can happen overnight. Building a network takes time. Start early, do as much research as you can, and you’ll have a better shot at landing a new dream job.… Read More
Lifting the curtain on the hiring process
Waiting to hear about a job can be excruciating. What’s going on behind the scenes? Why haven’t you heard yet? The hiring process isn’t standard across corporate America. Different companies hire people differently. Learning how it works will make waiting to hear from an employer infinitely easier.… Read More
How many ways can you say goodbye to a job?
Leaving a job is always difficult. If, however, you’re prepared, it can be a lot easier to do. If you’re honest, direct and courteous, it will make life easier for you and your employer. Nobody wants to burn bridges on the way out.… Read More