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1. Career success is often outside your comfort zone

HERC Higher Ed Careers SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Embrace temporary discomforts on your path to success, even when your instincts tell you to avoid them, executive coach Alex Durand writes. "When you find yourself in uncharted territory, you have the opportunity to grow," he writes. TheMuse.com (04/23)


2. Know when to make a lateral career move

HERC Higher Ed Careers SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

It's always more satisfying to move up the career ladder, but if you're in a volatile or stagnant industry, a lateral move may be the better call, Bob Corlett writes. Be prepared to capitalize on your connections and demonstrate your transferable skills in interviews. American City Business Journals (04/28)


3. Become successful without sacrificing your personal life

HERC Higher Ed Careers SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Nobody wants to work 80 hours per week to get ahead, but studies have shown that those who ask for accommodations or time off often suffer when it comes to reviews and promotions, Max Nisen writes. Overcome this problem by building a portfolio of repeat clients and taking advantage of telecommuting opportunities. Quartz (04/30)


4. How postdoc students can use self-reflection to find the perfect career

HERC Higher Ed Careers SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Postdoctoral students need to go through a deep self-reflection process to discover the right career path, postdoc career consultant Karen Hinxman said. Postdoc students should write down the pros and cons of a job, talk with others in that field then only apply to jobs that meet the specific criteria, Hinxman advises. Nature (free content) (04/27)


5. How to prepare for -- and ace -- a phone interview

HERC Higher Ed Careers SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

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6. Why graduate students should forge their own career paths

HERC Higher Ed Careers SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Science graduate and postdoctoral students should allow those they admire to inspire their career choices, but they should not seek to follow that path exactly, postdoctoral student Sofia Otero advises in this blog post. When working with role models, Otero suggests offering project ideas and learning as much from them as possible to shape a new career. Nature (free content) (05/01)


7. Job-search strategies for new college grads

HERC Higher Ed Careers SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

College graduates looking for a job should analyze their strengths and target specific employers that match their skills, New York University career development leader Trudy Steinfeld advises. Graduates also should begin cultivating a supportive network and use their college's career office to get career coaching and job leads, she suggests. Forbes (04/28)


8. False modesty usually backfires, researchers say

HERC Higher Ed Careers SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

People who "humblebrag" by appearing to complain or use self-deprecating humor while actually bragging aren't fooling anyone, according to a Harvard Business School study. People who use the technique are generally seen as less likable, honest and attractive, the study found. Fortune (04/30)


9. Why good communication is needed between college faculty and administrators

HERC Higher Ed Careers SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

As many colleges and universities face financial struggles, faculty and administrators need to learn how to communicate with one another clearly to avoid conflict, some experts say. This article explores conflicts at several colleges and describes how administrators and faculty coped with hard feelings during times of change. InsideHigherEd.com (04/28)


10. Why science graduates may want to pursue communications careers

HERC Higher Ed Careers SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Science magazine (free content) (04/27)




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