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How to Land a Community College Job

Learn how to tailor your resume and interview preparation to community colleges, as well as the differences between applying to smaller colleges and larger universities. … Read More 

The Ethics of Backing Out

Read about how to navigate your way through putting your job search back on track after the potentially awkward scenario of accepting a position you aren't excited about. … Read More 

The Road to Tenure: Understanding the Process

Explore the benefits of a long-term career plan and whether or not pursuing a tenured position is the right choice for you. … Read More 

Why Lateral Moves are Important to your Career

Don’t overlook the opportunities that can arise from a lateral career move. … Read More 

How to Decline an Offer (But Leave the Door Open)

It can hurt to walk away from any job opportunities, but your options may be greater than simply accepting or declining an offer. … Read More 

How to Evaluate the Leadership Style of the Interview Team

Going on an interview is not only about impressing your perspective employers. … Read More 

Working for a University in Non-Academic Roles

It is possible to use higher academic qualifications to get a job working alongside academics in a university environment, while avoiding the problems of job insecurity that many early career lecturers face. … Read More 

Knowledge of X is Preferred

While it might be your first choice to explain away a skills gap, you should never point out your shortcomings in a cover letter. Cover letters are there to discuss achievements, not gaps. Always. … Read More 

How to Negotiate the Contract You Want before Starting a New Job

Not being prepared to negotiate your requirements can leave you leagues behind where you ought to be … Read More 

Five Reasons Everyone Needs to Job Search This Year

Even if you are comfortable in your current position, looking for a job keeps your resume up to date and keeps you in the know of what is happening in the industry. … Read More 

4 Lessons for Aspiring Administrators

As an administrator, Kevin Gannon of Grand View University has learned several lessons for the aspiring administrator, and while his points may seem simple, he does not forget to mention that “there’s often a large gulf between “simple” and “easy.’” … Read More 

The Top 5 Faculty Morale Killers

Drawing on his experience from both sides of the equation (as a “middle managed” faculty member and as the administrator of department chairs, deans, and directors), Rob Jenkins of Georgia State University Perimeter Collegedetails the worst “morale killers” faculty face as they advance in their careers. … Read More 

Speak Your Way to a Better Job

Bernadette Rogers, of San Jose State University, “is quick to extol the virtues of stepping up to the podium and presenting to groups.” … Read More 

Why Asking Good Questions on an Interview is Important

After landing an interview with a potential employer, there are several integral next steps to take in order to best represent your abilities and convey your experience. … Read More 

Academic Job Hunts From Hell: Inappropriate, Hostile, and Awkward Moments

When preparing to make your best impression on a potential employment site, it goes without saying that you want to do your best to put your best foot forward and make a stellar impression. … Read More 

Attracting Mentors to Propel Your Career

When embarking on the journey to establish one's self in a long term career, it is difficult to go it alone. … Read More 

Three Lame Excuses Recruiters Give For Demanding Your Salary Details

When applying for jobs and making final decisions, it is easy to lose sight of how best to negotiate for your interests. … Read More 

Seven Assumptions Recruiters Makes About You Based on Your Resume

Applying for job after job without a call back for an interview can be incredibly frustrating, especially after you have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy into perfecting your resume. … Read More 

Acing Informal Interviews

For years, the focus for job seekers has been about finding and prepping for a formal, one-on-one questionnaire from an employer about your job application. … Read More 

How to Continue Your Education While On the Job

Professional growth does not stop once you have found a job or a career. It is not solely the responsibility of a company to help you develop your skills and education; it is up to you seek the opportunities necessary to progress your personal development. … Read More 

5 Mistakes on Your Application

With more than 20 years of experience combing through job applications, Laura Leske says that one of the most tragic things that can happen during the hiring process is disqualifying a strong candidate due to poor technique. … Read More 

Older and on the Market

In such a competitive job market today, it is easy to feel insecure about any factor that may separate you from other candidates; like age. It has become a growing fear that if you are older, you are less likely to be considered for employment. … Read More 

Beyond the Resume: Insider's Guide to Skills Employers Value Most

While demonstrating skills and experience in your desired role is often what gets you the interview; rising to the top of the candidate pool depends on demonstrating acumen off the resume pages as well. … Read More 

How to Create a Culture of Candor

An open and honest work environment is at the heart of any strong organization. Sugar coating results can often lead to false visions of success and cause problems when the other shoe drops. … Read More 

Mentoring the Next Generation of Leaders (Chapter 4, Leadership Lessons)

Working on projects with a team can provide an opportunity to serve as a leader or become a mentor. Taking on these responsibilities creates a unique position to teach, learn, and successfully reach goals together. … Read More 

That’s Not How I See Myself

Receiving criticism of any kind can be difficult for many. Unfortunately, especially for those in leadership positions, feedback and criticism will always be a part of the job. … Read More 

This Summer, Get a Head Start on the Fall Job Market

Have your eyes peeled for new job opportunities? The fall brings a new season to look forward to scoring that awesome job. … Read More 

You Don’t Have to Love your Job

True love doesn’t always lead to Happily Ever After. In a world with bleak outlooks for careers, graduates need to keep their feet on the ground.… Read More 

Treating Candidates Like Supplicants, and 9 Other Recruiting Mistakes

We hear all about the missteps of applicants and interviewees in every career advice column ever, but it’s not as if the hiring committees are infallible… Read More 

When It Comes to Mentoring the More the Merrier

Faculty all agree that mentorship is a key to success in rising through the university hierarchy; however, there is a collective belief among many tenure-track faculty that throughout their careers they have experienced a lack of mentorship… Read More 

Take the Hit and Move Forward

People working in the field of academia face their fair share of adversity in terms of hurdles with research and attempting to form new ideas… Read More 

Why I Am Dropping Out of Administration

The transition from a tenured faculty member to an administrator is a common leap in the higher education world… Read More 

How To Tell Your Network You're Looking For A Job

Social networking sites are powerful tools on the path to finding a job and networking has become all but mandatory for those seeking jobs… Read More 

Know the Vital Players in Your Career: The Chair

No one is an island within their department; your relationships with your colleagues, specifically your department chair, can have a definite effect on the progress of your career… Read More 

Embrace Your Age, and Conquer the World

With over 80 million baby boomers alive today, now is the time to conquer ageism… Read More 

Should You Bring Your iPad to Interviews?

A managing partner at a search firm specializing in higher education uses her experiences to explain how technology can actually work against you in interviews… Read More 

Desperately Seeking Effective Interviews: Avoid Common "Turnoffs"

There are certain behaviors that even the calmest and most collected candidates may display during interviews that will leave negative impressions of desperation to employers… Read More 

Privacy Training as Part of Higher Education Jobs

Daniel Solove argues that those in higher education should add the position of Privacy Officer to their staff as well as implement privacy training and awareness education to all employees… Read More 

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