At the recent 2017 NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Convention in San Antonio, I had the pleasure of working with a panel of colleagues to discuss "innovative work arrangements." We defined these work arrangements as anything that deviates from the typical defined work hours/defined work location norm. In the following panel, you can find out... Continue Reading →
LinkedIn is increasingly becoming an essential tool for maintaining professional relationships and networking. When I taught a course on the higher education job search, I tried to find a simple, comprehensive guide to creating a successful LinkedIn profile. There are a lot of them out there, but many are lacking in one area or another.... Continue Reading →
When speaking about digital and social technology and the importance of leveraging it for career success, I often share this statistic that comes from John Bennett: 80% of jobs are landed through networking and personal relationships. Although I cannot vouch for the research behind it, it's not a statistic I find surprising. As I have... Continue Reading →
Yesterday, I came across this interesting infographic mashup that maps worker engagement onto the classic pyramid of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. (Thanks for sharing Dustin Ramsdell!) Given that I am job searching myself, while also attempting to build a culture of engagement at my current institution, this infographic really spoke to me. Much like Tuckman's theory... Continue Reading →
If you aren’t following the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) blog, I highly encourage you to do so. You don’t even need to work in Career Services to benefit. There are great tips here for your own job search or general work with students. Check out the following post about writing LinkedIn summaries. Great stuff!
Students understand more and more the power of LinkedIn, and the importance of not only being on LinkedIn, but also actually using it to successfully market themselves and connect with professionals. I feel like I’ve worked with a gazillion students on how to create an effective LinkedIn profile, and the one section that causes my students the most problems is that dang summary section! In advising sessions the following questions always come up: “Do I use first or third person?” “How long should it be?” “Should I discuss my passion for baking?” “Should I list skills…isn’t that redundant since there is that ‘Skills & Endorsements’ section already in my profile?” “Do I really even need a summary?”
Yes! Students should totally take advantage of the summary section!
Earlier this year…
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Job searching in student affairs? A graduate student, new professional or otherwise? But this book: Job Searching in Student Affairs: Strategies to Land the Position YOU Want by Patrick Love I had the immense privilege to get a preview of this book while Patrick was writing it. I helped with some light editing, advice and... Continue Reading →
I'm excited to be collaborating with Josie Ahlquist on an upcoming Studentaffairs.com webinar, Go Digital In Your Job Search. This webinar is a mash-up of the knowledge Josie and I have acquired over the past few years doing sessions like these at conferences and to graduate programs. It's exciting to see what we have coming together... Continue Reading →
The Student Affairs Collective hosted an excellent Twitter Chat (#SAChat) on resumes last summer. Many of the tweets echoed the advice and thoughts that I've encountered in my teaching of Higher Education Masters students. Below you'll find a curated list of what I consider to be some of the "best tips" and thoughts. You can also... Continue Reading →
paulgordonbrown: Once a month I re-blog a post that I find interesting and want to highlight. This post comes from Patrick Love. It’s a great reminder for the experienced job searcher and a great crash course for the new one. It has some not-so-standard advice you might hear about your resume. Originally posted on Patrick Love's Life: I... Continue Reading →
Tweet I've been searching for a one year part-time job while I finish off my dissertation (HINT, HINT) and I quickly came to the realization that I needed something to make me stand out. For the past couple of years I've been encouraging the students I teach in the Higher Education master's programs at Boston... Continue Reading →
LMU Graduation. Photo Credit: Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht
I write this post to the class of 2014 college graduates. Putting in four years to earn your undergraduate (or five…or six) I’m sure ready to go put that degree to work! You have the grades, the extracurriculars, internships, and even great references. But in todays fiercely competitive economy there is no guarantee that you’ll even get an interview.
Nope, many of those times I listed above are given. The leadership roles, high GPA, service projects, etc. Still nothing.
I have watched recent alumni take jobs at coffee shops after graduation, as I wonder if they can afford their student loan payments. Yes watch out, those payments kick in six months after walking across that stage.
Okay deep breaths, hope is not lost. You got this! Social media isn’t just for Instagramming your bling’d out graduation cap or staying in touch with your fellow…
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Facebook Graph Search proves just how important building up your social network contacts can be. This new search feature, which has been slowly rolling out over the past few months, allows one to make “micro-level” searches. For instance, you can search for “my friends that like Lionel Richie” or “my family that visited Peoria.” These... Continue Reading →