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

Top Tips from #SAchat on Preparing Your Resume for a #StudentAffairs #SAsearch

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 read a full transcript of the morning and afternoon chats on this topic.  If you want to participate in future #SAChat Twitter chats, head over to their website. Q1: What do you hope to accomplish/convey w/ your… Read More

In One Click: Follow the Newest Student Affairs Job Search & Blog Post Tweets

I’ve talked about how much I enjoy the content curation site, Paper.li.  Here are two examples of a Paper.li that I created for the higher education and student affairs masters students I teach.  These sites pull content from social media postings that contain specific hashtags and format them into a visual newspaper.  Once a week a new edition is dynamically created and emailed out to subscribers.  If you think they might also be helpful to you, check them out…

Hiring ResLife Professional Staff for a Residential Curriculum

When transitioning your residence life program to a residential curriculum model, it becomes increasingly important that you hire professional staff with the requisite skills and competencies to enact the curriculum.  Although these skills are desirable in any residence life professional, they take on added importance in a residential curriculum.  Some of the competencies required of staff under a residential curriculum include: A strong command of student development theory, research, and trends Ability to translate broad educational statements and philosophies into practice Ability to write clear, specific and measurable learning outcomes Ability to assess… Read More

How to create a visual resume… and stand out to employers

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 College and Merrimack College to create their own digital presence.  I have done it with this website and it has produced many dividends and opportunities for me.  Wanting to take some next steps, I designed a “visual… Read More