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March 14, 2013
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News for jobseekers in higher education and related industries

  Job Search Best Practices 
  • What not to do when setting up an interview
    Not responding promptly or seeming inflexible when setting up an interview may jeopardize getting the job, job search consultant Miriam Salpeter writes in this blog post. Also, be careful to follow any instructions the interviewer may send in an e-mail, she advises. "If the employer asks you to respond with several dates and times, and you send a quick note with one date you're free, it's likely you've already told the employer you can't follow instructions and you're not attentive to details, no matter what you claim on your resume. Don't think they didn't notice," Salpeter writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • On-campus interviews often include expense reimbursement
    Job candidates should not hesitate to ask about reimbursement if they are traveling to a campus for an interview, writes Gene Fant, vice president for academic administration at Union University, in Jackson, Tenn. Most colleges and universities offer such reimbursements, though some applicants are slow to ask for them or forget to ask if they're offered. "If no reimbursement has been sent after six weeks, a polite phone call is in order," Fant advises in this blog post. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content)/On Hiring blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 ways to recover from career disappointments
    Deborah Grayson Riegel writes that a professional disappointment was a blow to her ego, but also "the kick in the butt I needed to develop a thicker skin, more personal and professional resilience, and yes, a more strategic business plan than 'pray that nothing changes, ever.' " She provides strategies for handling disappointment, such as understanding how it might highlight some weakness that needs to be corrected. Fast Company online (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Higher Ed Employment Trends 
  • Is it time to abolish faculty tenure?
    Offering tenure to faculty is expensive for colleges and universities and makes them less responsive to change, writes James C. Wetherbe, a professor at Texas Tech's Rawls College of Business Administration. In this blog post, Wetherbe argues that faculty should be offered contracts instead. "Merit-worthy professors could be offered multi-year contracts that give them time to prove themselves; full professors could enjoy rolling contracts that provide reasonable amounts of job security," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Higher Ed in the News 
  • Calif. bill would require colleges to give credit for online work
    A new bill under consideration in California would require colleges and universities to grant credit in certain cases for online courses -- even those not taken through the institution. Lillian Taiz, president of the California Faculty Association, criticized the proposal. "What's really going on is that after the budget cuts have sucked public higher education dry of resources, the Legislature's saying we should give away the job of educating our students," Taiz said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How are MBA programs changing with the times?
    In response to a rapidly evolving workforce, business schools are scrambling to find ways to help their MBA graduates craft distinct paths toward their intended careers. The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School allows students to choose from six "pathways" within their business program, while the Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management has infused traditional business-school concepts with overarching themes such as innovation and entrepreneurship. U.S. News & World Report (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  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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