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February 11, 2013
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News for jobseekers in higher education and related industries

  Job Search Best Practices 
  • Tips for launching an alternative academic career
    Social networking is an important tool for professionals looking to make the jump to alt-ac -- or alternative academic careers -- writes Brandy Schillace, who gave up a tenure-track to pursue her passion in medical history. Schillace used sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to connect with peers and look for ways to create new roles or jobs. "At its most essential, it takes recognition that there is more out there -- and the boldness to embrace those opportunities as active choices and not as passive consequences," Schillace writes. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Harness the power of LinkedIn to find a job
    If you apply for a job via LinkedIn, make sure you adapt your resume to fit the desired skills, customize your cover letter and try to use well-known brand names that will pop out to a hiring manager, Scott Gillum writes. The "closer the connection" between your LinkedIn network and the employer's, the "better chance it will get you noticed," he writes. Forbes (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The 90-day rule for weighing career change
    If you're unhappy for more than 90 consecutive days, it's time to start plotting a career change, writes Aaron P. Arnold, a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council. "It makes no sense to go another 90 days; it's time to pivot, see all the angles and assess your next move," he writes. Forbes/Young Entrepreneur Council (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Higher Ed Employment Trends 
  • Wis. university aims to level the salary playing field
    An equity plan and other initiatives have helped the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, ease salary compression on its campus. Programs such as "professional productivity" salary increases for full professors have meant $945,000 in additional pay to faculty. "We still obviously need state support, but at least we've shown faculty were willing to do as much as we can and are being as creative as we can to deal with problems as they arrive, and get us through to when there might be more support coming our way," provost Lane Earns said. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report provides insight into STEM education trends
    A recent report entitled, "Where are the STEM Students? What are Their Career Interests? Where are the STEM Jobs?" provides a snapshot of what's happening in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. For example, mechanical engineering is the most popular STEM career, with about 20% of STEM students pursuing that option. The report also shows that technology and engineering are gaining in popularity, while science and math interest is declining, though of the four STEM fields, science is the most popular among women. U.S. News & World Report (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Higher Ed in the News 
  • Calif. prepares for expansion of online education
    Instructors say they understand California's economic need to expand online instruction, but they want to ensure job security and faculty control over the content of classes. "We have tremendous potential with all of this. We just need to make sure that we maintain the integrity of the system," said Joan Buchanan, chairwoman of the state Assembly Education Committee. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  HERC News 
  • Interested in academic careers in America's two-year colleges?
    Register for HERC's upcoming free jobseeker webinar on the topic. Rob Jenkins, author of Building a Career in America's Community Colleges, columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Associate Professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College will present on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 2:00 Eastern/1:00 Central/11:00 Pacific. Register today.
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