A Tour of Our HigherEd Tech “Start-Up” Offices…

So what’s it like to work at Roompact? Working at a young, rapidly growing higher ed tech company is exciting. It’s also both a lot of fun and a lot of work. I wanted to share a bit about our office and our work experience to give you insights into what’s happening “behind the screen” when you’re using our software. Roompact was founded and is headquartered in Chicago. Although we moved around a bit in our early years, we’ve finally settled into an office in the River North neighborhood. For those of you familiar… Read More

How To Create A Successful LinkedIn Profile, In One Easy Graphic

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.  Well, my search is over and it comes in the form of the following graphic courtesy of the folks over at leisurejobs.com.  This graphic is quite simply the best and most comprehensive I have found.  If I… Read More

80% of Jobs Are Landed Through Networking

  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 now been working in the field of higher education for over 15 years, over time I have become more and more aware of how true this is. When I reflect back on the jobs I have held… Read More

Stop. Think. Are you engaged at work? Why do you work in HigherEd?

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 of group development (forming, storming, norming, performing), reaching the “highest stage” of “performing,” or in this case, “self-actualization” is actually quite rare.  It’s also incredibly rewarding when it is achieved.

Excited to Share: I am the new Interim Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Fashion Institute of Technology

I am VERY excited to announce that I have accepted the position of Interim Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  FIT is an amazing world class institution with a vibrant student community in the heart of Manhattan.  I am incredibly honored to be working there. In some ways it is a bit of a homecoming, as I will be back at a SUNY institution for the first time since I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Geneseo.  I will be starting in the… Read More