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Is Your Cover Letter Wonderful or Woeful?

All of our cover letters could use some polishing—sometimes a lot of polishing. Cover letters often get left until the last minute, then hobbled together. That can be a fatal mistake. Melissa Dalgleish does a superb job of breaking down what makes a cover letter sink or soar. One of her most insightful comments: “Tone is as important as content. Do you know what the primary purpose of a cover letter is? It's not actually to dazzle a hiring manager with your perfectly related experience. (Your résumé will serve that purpose.) It's to convince the employer that you're a real, human person who cares about this job, understands where your skills and experience could make a difference, and wants

Soft Skills: Key to Career Advancement

According to CareerBuilder, “when evaluating who they will hire in 2017, 62 percent of employers rated the candidate’s soft skills as very important.” Soft skills are getting increasing attention—and rightfully so. Soft skills include a whole host of personal traits and interpersonal skills that allow you to be successful. You probably never took a quiz on them in college, but will be expected to practice them when you enter the workforce. Soft skills have been getting particular attention as millennials, the first generation of digital natives enters the workforce. The increasingly digital landscape makes these analog skills more important than ever. Conduct a quick inventory on yourself in

Dress Codes Don’t Get a Summer Vacation

As temperatures climb, we all dress in ways to beat the heat. There is one place where decorum trumps pragmatism: job interviews. I can hear you now, even the idea of putting on a three-piece suit makes you melt. How can you be your best in the interview if you are uncomfortable and distracted? Interviews are not about being comfortable: they are about getting a job. The process is inherently uncomfortable and stressful. If being a little warm is the biggest challenge you have to contend with, it’s a pretty good interview! As the adage goes, anything that seems too good to be true, probably is. Trying to stay cool by dressing down might cause momentary relief, but with long-term consequences

The University of Saint Mary Names Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Congratulations to Michelle Metzinger, who was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Metzinger previously served as vice president for academics at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The University of Saint Mary has been named Best Midwestern College numerous years by Princeton Review.

The Best Way to Make a Bad Impression On Your First Day as a New Boss

You finally made it. You are sitting sweet in the C-suite ready to rock the company results, but if you want your first few days to be a hit rather than a disaster, Cheryl Hyatt of Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search says starting out on the right foot is critical. While many of these may strike you at first (they did me) as obvious, the "duh" factor is greatly reduced by the fact that so many CEOs and C-suite executives get them wrong right from the get-go. Hyatt highlights these three important don'ts. Read the entire article here....

Lessons on Work and the World from Fathers

As we enter this Father’s Day weekend, it’s fitting to reflect on all the ways our dads prepared us for the workforce—from teaching us to mow the lawn, to the importance of a nap afterwards. Forbes spoke to a number of entrepreneurs about how their fathers shaped their professional lives. One of our favorites is from Daniel Lubetzky, founder of KIND Healthy Snacks: “My father survived the Holocaust, emigrated to Mexico, and educated himself by buying used encyclopedias and reading them cover to cover. His experiences taught me the importance of persistence and having a resilient mindset. From an early age, I saw him working hard on his business. Witnessing his work-ethic and optimistic outlo

Spotlight Search: Dean of Nurse Education

Are you considering a change of position? Hyatt-Fennell is assisting a search you may be interested in: Dean of Nurse Education (Deadline May 12, 2017) Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA For more information and to apply, visit

Transparency In the Search Process: How Much to Disclose When Interviewing

When conducting an interview, you have to strike a delicate balance, opening up enough to establish a genuine rapport, while not disclosing so much that you compromise the interview process. When is transparency an asset and when is it a liability? We offer a few suggestions on when to open up and when to shut up. Lay Your Cards on the Table There are topics where being candid is essential to a productive interview. These areas focus on getting you and the applicant on the same page. Neither of you will be served by obfuscating on key details of a job, including: Workplace culture. One of the most important things you do in an interview is project an accurate representation of your company’s

Advice to the New Graduate

In this graduation season, it’s apt to reflect on the progress you’ve made in your career. Perhaps you’d even want to consider investing in the new generation through a formal or informal mentorship. The Chicago Tribune has asked a dozen seasoned professionals to share their advice to this year’s graduates. One of our favorite thoughts came from Sarah Robb O'Hagan, CEO of Flywheel Sports: "Worry less about making the right decisions in your career and worry more about making your decisions right. When you graduate, you tend to think you need to have a long-range plan of where you are trying to get to, but what you don't realize is that in order to maximize your potential, it has to be a long

Staying in the Lines: The Tension between Creativity and Convention

The transition from academic study to the workplace—even one in academia—can be a bumpy one. Natalie Lundsteen writes about how many of the traits that make a successful doctoral student are at odds with the traits needed to land a job after securing your degree. She observes, “as a doctoral researcher...the entire process of undertaking a Ph.D. encouraged independent thinking and creation of original ideas. In seminars, graduate students and scholars argue ideas, dissect theories, and rethink concepts. Pushing back is the norm, and an innovative mind-set is encouraged. Yet, for job-seeking Ph.D.s, skipping directions, ignoring instructions, or coming up with a new way to do things can be mo

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