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February 13, 2013
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  Job Search Best Practices 
  • Recognizing the benefits of a teaching-intensive career path
    Choosing to seek a job at a teaching-intensive, religious-based school went against the advice of Melanie Springer Mock's graduate-school adviser, but she found she enjoyed spending more time with students, as well as research. "Removing this pressure to produce superior scholarship, published in only the finest journals and with the most prestigious university presses, frees faculty members to explore those research questions that interest them most, rather than grinding out scholarship that no longer (or maybe never?) excited them," Mock writes. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why imbalance between life and work can be a good thing
    If you love the work you do, embrace your work-life imbalance, advises Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor of business psychology at University College London. Loving your work means you have more than just a job, you have a career, a passion you're paid to do, he writes. "Your career success depends on eliminating the division between work and play. Who cares about work-life balance when you can have work-life fusion?" he notes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Every resume must answer this question
    Your resume needs to showcase the things that make you great, not the menial tasks you performed at your last job, Shannon Smedstad writes. "Why are you better than the 100 other people who've applied for the same job opportunity? That's the information you need to include on your resume," she writes. Blogging4Jobs (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Higher Ed Employment Trends 
  • Trends show brisk growth of online courses
    More colleges and universities are offering online education that is fast eclipsing the in-class experience, journalist Gregory Ferenstein writes in this opinion piece. Students at the University of Wisconsin now can earn a degree from anywhere online by taking tests and paying for costs, while the California State University System is piloting online classes for credit, and MIT's Open Courseware has attracted 125 million visitors, he writes. TechCrunch (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Higher Ed in the News 
  • Obama urges Congress to tie college affordability to federal aid
    In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama called on Congress to ensure the affordability and value of higher education by limiting education-spending cuts. The president also called on colleges and universities to keep costs and tuition low, and urged lawmakers "to change the Higher Education Act so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid." The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Focus 
  • Why a collegial leadership model is fraught with challenges
    A system of collegial leadership, where faculty take on academic leadership roles for a short time, has its pros and cons, writes Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, who has experience in both European and U.S. higher education. In such systems -- often found in Swedish universities -- faculty administrators understand the problems of their peers, but may be shy to make big changes for fear of blame if reforms fail or are unpopular, she writes. It also reduces research time and may expose administrative limitations of some faculty, she adds. of Venus blog (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  HERC News 
  • New year, new look, new jobseeker tools
    The new HERC website launches today. Based on jobseeker feedback, HERC's redesigned site offers:
    • Simplified Job Searching
    • Enhanced Dual-Career Search Options
    • Better CV/Resume Builder
    • Searchable Portfolio
    • Google Maps to Assess a Potential Commute
    • Mobile Access
    Please visit and if you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or observations about our new site, please share them! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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