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March 7, 2013
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  Job Search Best Practices 
  • Preparing for commonly asked interview questions
    Be ready to talk about your biggest achievements and what excites you about the job before the interview, career coach Alison Green writes in this blog post. These are common questions interviewers ask along with why you think you'd do well at the job. "[I]f you can't make a compelling case for why you'd be fantastic in the role you're applying for, it's unlikely that the interviewer is going to take the time to piece one together on her own," Green writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Your daily routine is full of potential networking events
    Outdoor cafes, waiting rooms and gas stations are great places to meet new people and practice your networking skills, Deborah Sweeney writes. "Instead of checking your Facebook feed while waiting at the pump, take the opportunity to chat with the person getting gas next to you," she writes. Forbes (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Higher Ed Employment Trends 
  • How the selection of a pope can help your higher-education career
    The process for selecting a new pope, in which cardinals place the names of their recommendations in a chalice, can offer higher-education employees a lesson in career advancement, Allison M. Vaillancourt, vice president for human resources at the University of Arizona, writes in this blog post. Recommend others for jobs when asked and work to ensure you will receive recommendations from others, she suggests. "When your name surfaces repeatedly in the figurative chalice, the decision maker is able to justify selecting you because all of your colleagues agreed that you were the right choice," she writes. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content)/On Hiring blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Have internships become essential for landing a good job?
    Many employers say they are more interested in what college students do outside of their classroom activities than their majors or grade-point averages, according to a survey released Monday by Marketplace and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In response to the growing preference, many colleges are developing programs to encourage students to take internships or co-ops, where they can study and work at the same time. American Public Media/Marketplace (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Higher Ed in the News 
  • Millions of dollars in financial aid go unused in Calif.
    Nearly half of California's high-school seniors failed to complete their applications for federal and state aid, leaving millions of dollars of available financial aid essentially unused, according to a report by the nonprofit Education Trust-West. The report recommended increased communication between lawmakers and schools about the importance of applying for aid. "Too many California students never get the opportunity to attend college because their families believe they can't afford the tuition," the report's author, Orville Jackson, said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/L.A. Now blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Diversity Focus 
  • Why diversity officers should be ready to demonstrate depth
    Candidates for a chief diversity officer position in higher education need a sophisticated understanding of the issues, according to a panel of experts at a recent meeting of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Candidates should be up-to-date on the scholarly research around diversity and be ready to implement programs when needed, they suggest. "There's no excuse for someone to come through at that level and not have been thinking about diversity, even if not thinking about it directly," said Sharon Fries-Britt, associate professor of higher education at the University of Maryland at College Park. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  HERC News 
  • HERC's higher ed jobseeker blog brings career tips aplenty
    Job Talk is HERC's new jobseeker blog for higher education professionals. The blog provides resources, information and advice from a wide range of experts including professors, career counselors, recent graduates and administrators, as well as jobseekers sharing advice, tips and stories. Topics will range from resume and cover letter tips, interview preparation, job search advice and subjects relevant to higher education. Check it out! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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