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New Provost Announced for Brenau University

Congratulations to Jim Eck, who was named the new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of Brenau University. Ed Schrader, President of Brenau hailed Eck as “an excellent leader for the outstanding faculty at Brenau University,” noting, “His entire career has been dedicated to continuous improvement to higher-education academics through his own teaching, his collegial leadership skill with faculty and curriculum development, and his unparalleled expertise in managing compliance with the most rigid accreditation and certification standards. With his reputation for integrity and professionalism, he has made academic programs better everywhere he has been.” Best wishes and congratulati

Our Nominees for Best—and Worst—Movie Boss

The 89th Academy Awards will take place Sunday, February 26th. As we kick off a weekend sure to be all about Oscars, let’s talk about some of the most-loved and most-reviled bosses in movie history. Here are our nominations for the best and worst boss in movie history: Worst Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. “First prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Second place is a set of steak knives. Third place is you’re fired.” This smart screenplay by David Mamet shows the best ways not to motivate people: threats and fear. Baldwin plays a suit from Corporate that is disconnected from the daily operations of a sales office and makes impossible demands. Other nominees include: Meryl Streep as Miranda Pr

Five Questions to Ask Your Interviewer to End on a High Note

In an interview, you’ll be answering most of the questions. When your interviewer opens the floor to you at the end of your meeting, it’s your chance to seal a positive impression and set the tone for your next interaction. Your questions should demonstrate that you’ve come prepared and are engaged in the process. You also want to facilitate dialogue with your interviewers. Here are a few of our favorites: “What do you like most about working here?” “What is the biggest challenge of this position?” “How has this position evolved over time?” “How will you measure success for this position?” “If I have more questions, whom should I contact?”

Being Lazy with Your Cover Letter Will Cost You

Applying for a job involves submitting dozens of applications. It can be tempting to copy and paste, but sending a bad cover letter is worse than not applying at all. Here’s a quick checklist of things to update every time you apply: Date. Being sloppy with small details communicates a lack of professionalism. All the work you put into the rest of your cover letter will be in vain if an immediate error disqualifies you. Addressee. This applies not only to the address and salutation, but all references to a company throughout the body of your letter. Skills. You should highlight skills that are relevant to the position. Use the job-posting as your guide. Many organizations use talent-manageme

LinkedIn Updates You Should Know About

LinkedIn has made some changes. Make sure you’re poised to take full advantage of them by reading this article from The Muse. They give a thorough tour and suggest ways to use them to further your career. Our favorite? The new quick-reply feature for messages. Replying to all inquiries is a must and this makes it easier than ever.

Tips for a Successful Presidential Search

Why do presidential searches fall apart? It is frustrating and costly to have candidates who have made it all the way to a campus interview drop out or be found ill-suited to the position. Dr. Scott D. Miller and our own Dr. Marylouise Fennell share insights on how can we make presidential searches more successful. One of the most helpful: “Check references before bringing candidates to campus, but be sure to secure permission to call even listed references. This procedure saves valuable time later in the search process, after candidates have been to campus and may expect an offer. Referencing can tell a committee a good bit about a candidate before a face-to-face interview, such as work-sty

Leveraging Google in Your Job Search: How Search Alerts Can Give You an Edge

With 2.3 million searches per minute, Google has become our home-base on the internet. But are you missing out on Google’s most helpful features? Familiarity can cause us to forget that Google is a sophisticated tool that is constantly evolving. Google Search Alerts are a tool that will give you an edge in your job search. Google can notify you via email everytime a new result for a search comes up. You are able to specify the terms you want to search and the frequency of notifications. To set up a Search Alert go to, enter your search terms, and click “more options” to tailor the results. Two ways this can help you in your job hunt: Your reputation. Set up a Go

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