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February 26, 2020
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Do your homework to ace the interview
For all job seekers, but particularly recent graduates, the key to succeeding during the interview process is to familiarize yourself with requirements of the position and the company's background to determine what makes you a good fit for the role, says human resources professional Johnny Taylor Jr. If you lack the required job experience, look to school projects, extracurricular activities and hobbies to fill in the necessary skill gaps.
Full Story: USA Today (2/25) 
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LinkedIn allows users to let recruiters know they're looking for a new job without notifying their current employer. According to LinkedIn, 94% of recruiters search for candidates on LinkedIn, so having a detailed profile is important for impressing recruiters, says Robin Ryan.
Full Story: Forbes (2/24) 
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Higher Ed Employment Trends
Employment gains for individuals with disabilities have declined tenfold since 2016, writes Sarah Kim, citing evidence from the Disability Statistics Compendium. In this commentary, Kim shares employment data of some states and how some shifts in work culture -- entrepreneurialism and telecommuting -- could help benefit workers with disabilities.
Full Story: Forbes (2/25) 
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The number of people ages 65 to 74 in the workforce is expected to hit 30.2% by 2026, compared with the 17.5% rate in 1996, and while those working for a company with fewer than 20 employees usually must sign up for Medicare at age 65, those working at bigger employers can keep their group plan, move to Medicare or do a combination of both. Elizabeth Gavino of Lewin & Gavino says workers should figure out the financial impact of each option before making a decision.
Full Story: CNBC (2/20) 
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Higher Ed in the News
Could these innovations improve access to college?
Innovations such as subscription tuition models, virtual teachers and lifelong transcripts are among the emerging ideas that some say could change the face of postsecondary education. Laboratories such as the Sandbox ColLABorative are testing these and other ideas that could improve the efficacy, accessibility and affordability of college.
Full Story: The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/20) 
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Diversity Focus
Gregory Washington has been named the first African American president of George Mason University in Virginia, an appointment that he feels sets the tone for hiring diverse faculty throughout the institution. Washington has a track record of increasing faculty diversity in his current role as dean of the University of California at Irvine's engineering school, where nearly 40% of the more than 60 faculty members he hired were minorities or women.
Full Story: Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (2/24) 
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Webinar: Preparing for a Successful Higher Ed Job Interview
Through HERC's Feb. 27 webinar, you'll discover best practices for preparing for a successful job interview, as well as the particular quirks and "etiquette" of the higher education interview process. Learn how to evaluate workplace culture to assess if you would thrive at a prospective workplace. You'll also receive advice on what to ask (and what not to ask!) your prospective employer. Register now.
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HERC offers free job-seeker webcasts on demand
Want to learn how to target your cover letter, resume or CV for faculty or non-faculty positions? Care to enhance your preparation for the campus visit and interviewing for faculty positions? Interested in learning more ways to expand your career networks? Look no further. Visit HERC's on-demand webinar page.
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