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February 20, 2013
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  Job Search Best Practices 
  • Why cold e-mailing could be the key to a new job
    Sending e-mails to strangers in your field may seem scary or futile, but it can be a great tool for job searching, author Anne Kreamer writes in this blog post. When Zanele Mutepfa e-mailed Kreamer out of the blue, Kreamer writes that she felt compelled to help. Kreamer was one of 30 people who responded to about 2,000 e-mails Mutepfa sent to a focused but wide set of professionals. "The value of relationships and conversation is incredibly important to me. Those conversations will not magically appear on my phone and g-mail, I have to go and get them," Mutepfa said. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advice from an expert in successful networking
    Adam Rifkin, who was named the best networker in Silicon Valley by Fortune Magazine in 2011, shares some of his advice on making connections. One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they try to escalate relationships too quickly, he says. "Good relationships are built little by little, and there are no shortcuts, so do not try to push the relationship to progress faster than is natural," he says. Business Insider/Barking Up the Wrong Tree (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Higher Ed Employment Trends 
  • Research: Tenure-track jobs in the sciences are declining
    Tenure-track jobs in scientific fields are not the norm anymore, according to research presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Instead, such jobs should be considered "alt-ac" -- or alternative academic career -- positions, one researcher suggested. "Things weren't really so great before 2008, and since [the start of the economic downturn], they have gotten much worse," said Georgia State University professor Paula Stephan. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How a spider can help schools assess workforce needs
    Colleges and universities are using "spiders" -- technology that scans Internet search engines -- to analyze the latest trends in the job market. The spiders can reveal which jobs are in demand so institutions, such as the Lone Star College System in Texas, can tailor the programs they offer. "My job is to make sure that the college career programs that we have are the ones that are needed, and that we don't offer the ones any more where there aren't jobs at the end," said Lone Star's Linda Head. The Hechinger Report (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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