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March 5, 2014
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White paper identifies significant job-search trends
More companies are putting candidates through group interviews and requiring them to submit writing samples, according to a white paper that gathered input from 150 career professionals. The paper also cites the growing role of mobile applications in the hiring process. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (3/4)
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How to evaluate the contacts in your network
Three successful professionals in this article share the five types of people they consider critical to their network. According to Contacts Count co-founder Lynne Waymon, every network should have a "champion," a "sponsor," a "wise elder" and a "newbie." Fast Company online (3/3)
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Higher Ed Employment Trends
Report: Adjuncts, student-support staff among fastest growing higher-education jobs
The fastest growing jobs at universities and colleges across the country from 1990 to 2012 were in student support -- such as financial aid and counseling -- and part-time faculty, a new report finds. Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay say hiring there has increased for part-time faculty due to growth in interdisciplinary and online programs. "It behooves institutions to have tenured people. But sometimes there's a vacuum. Sometimes we hire part time because we can't find full time," said Sheryl Van Gruensven, the school's human resources director. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (3/4)
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Higher Ed in the News
Fla. could require colleges to create dual-enrollment programs
Florida lawmakers are considering a measure that would create "collegiate high schools," in which students can earn up to a year's worth of college credits. The measure would require state colleges to partner with area high schools to create such programs. A new law enacted last year shifted the cost of dual-enrollment programs from cash-strapped colleges to local school districts. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Sentinel School Zone blog (3/3)
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Maine lawmakers wrangle over higher-education funding
Lawmakers on Maine's Education Committee are asking their colleagues not to cut $5.2 million in higher-education funding in an effort to balance the state budget. State budget writers have proposed cuts in scholarship funds and the elimination of a sales-tax exemption for private colleges and universities. Instead, some legislators are working on proposals to increase work-study funding and are floating other initiatives such as tuition guarantees. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (3/3)
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Leadership Focus
Why some of the best college deans are reluctant leaders
Academics reluctant to become deans often make the best leaders, as their reluctance is a mark of humility and humanity, write former Northern Kentucky University Dean M. Mark Wasicsko and Indiana State University Dean Emeritus Brad Balch. The best deans also solicit feedback from colleagues along the way, they suggest. "Effective deans have the personal strength to accept the criticism as well as the praise and see how both inform decisions and directions," they write. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (3/3)
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Are you part of a dual-career couple?
HERC has helpful resources and information to help you both with your job search. You can also search for jobs within a commutable distance of one another by using HERC's dual-career search technology and finding jobs that meet your partner's profile. Start searching today!
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