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Update Your Resume Now, Not Later

When looking for a new position there is a plethora of tasks; often the most immediate and daunting is updating your resume. It is years out of date–if you can find it at all. You can save yourself this marathon by short sprints along the way. Updating your resume while in a position not only makes it more manageable, but the quality of the content will be significantly higher. When in the midst of a position, you are able to give specific and vibrant definitions that will fade after the fact. Set a monthly reminder in your calendar to check your resume and update it with any relevant skills, accomplishments, and changes. This time can be an excellent time to check in with your goals and gai

Busting Micromanagers with Communication

No one likes being micromanaged. Aside from being stressful and demoralizing, it’s profoundly unproductive. Most micromanagement is based on a manager's anxiety. Uncertainty and apprehension about the success of a project and the way it will reflect on them is often the root of micromanaging. If your supervisor is prone to hovering, being proactive with your communication can short-circuit the cycle. Be clear about when you will do what you have been assigned and regularly check in with progress updates–even if it’s to say that you’re in a holding pattern. After a project is completed, having a brief post-mortem to discuss what worked and what didn’t can help improve the process for next tim

Tolerance for Ambiguity

Technology is reshaping the workplace. There are some who react with apocalyptic projections and terror, others who ignore it completely. The helpful response, of course, lies somewhere in the middle. We always appreciate folks who zero in on specific elements of the evolving environment. This post from Jeffrey Selingo delves into these important topics with a thought-provoking and nuanced discussion.

Institutional Advancement Inventory

Finding new donors, growing gifts from existing supporters, and managing the back-end of fundraising requires a lot of attention to detail. What types of skills make the best institutional advancement professionals? How do their blend of relational skills and eye for detail build enduring alumni relationships, increase fundraising, and report performance results? We want to hear the stories of the institutional advancement professionals you’ve known! Join us on social media to share then head to our website to see the opening for Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

R U Slipping? The Importance of Attention in an Emoticon World

Communication customs vary by medium. A letter to grandma will be markedly different than a letter to shareholders. Email, text, Slack, gChat: channels of communication are running at an all time high and time seems to run at an all-time low. It can be an easy, but costly, mistake to jumble your streams. I received an email from a client over the weekend that used the letter U in place of the word you. It can be an easy out to blame such mistakes on “kids these days,” but all of us are rushing so much that we can slip into more lax forms of communication. This is why soft skills are increasingly valued by employers. The ability to shake hands and look someone in the eye, email decorum, and m

Happy Birthday Cheryl!

Excuse this temporary interruption to Cheryl's weekly blog so that the entire team of Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search and our extended network of friends and clients may extend our warmest wishes to Cheryl on her birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHERYL! May it be a wonderful day and the start of a happy, healthy and successful year ahead. On this special day, we'll leave you with one of Cheryl's favorite quotes: "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." - Ralph Waldo Emerson We think Cheryl must have decided to become someone pretty special a long time ago. Join us in wishing her a Happy Birthday!

Effective Ad Campaigns in Higher Education

High school juniors and seniors regularly get more mail than their parents and other family members combined as colleges seek to woo them into attendance. All colleges are marketing, but not all colleges are marketing effectively. One recent ad campaign that stood head and shoulders above the rest is American University’s WONK campaign. The campaign highlighted the types of careers graduates find, encouraging prospective students to picture themselves in their future at American and beyond. It engaged students with interactive elements such as quizzes where they could test their smarts against experts. Do you have a talent for effecting change through well-implemented campaigns? There is cur

A compilation of quotes about Labor Day to kick off a long weekend:

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." - Thomas Jefferson "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." - Albert Einstein "Without labor nothing prospers." - Sophocles "If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend." - Doug Larson Read more here.

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day was first observed in Oregon in 1887. Much has changed in the workplace since then, but the value of hard-work has not. The grit and work ethic of Americans continues to be one of the defining characteristics of the United States, the land of opportunity. The working class is a national treasure and it is profound that we set aside a day to honor and celebrate them. As we approach labor day next week, we want to hear what Labor Day means to you. How old were you when you got your first job? Do you set aside time to reflect on the holiday? Join us on social media to share.

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