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What Do You Do After the Interview? Three Tips for Post-interview Best Practices

Landing and successfully traversing an interview is a major victory. Don’t let satisfaction in a good interview lull you into inactivity. The interview may be over, but the process is just beginning. Here are three steps to take to lead you from job interview to job offer: Send a thank-you letter. This should go without saying, but this practice is all-too-often neglected. Decide whether to send an email or handwritten note strategically based on the timeline of hiring and the culture of the organization. Whichever route you take, make your thank-you note sincere and specific. It should reflect your personality, express your gratitude for their time, and reiterate why you are well suited to

Building Organizational Grit: Insights from Dr. Rob Sheehan

The drive to achieve and the perseverance to stick with it are vital to the success of any organization. Are those traits born, or can they be bred? Rob Sheehan, Academic Director of Executive MBA Programs at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a friend of Hyatt-Fennell, recently wrote on the importance of grit and ways to foster it in your organization. Grit is the exceptional stamina that individuals demonstrate to achieve high performance. People strong in grit are always striving to improve, make the sacrifices necessary to achieve, and remain in love with what they do. Research shows that grit predicts high performance in a variety of domains. Given

Forget “To Do.” This Holiday Break, Make Your “Have Done” List

While enjoying holiday break, we are often caught up in what we don’t get done. For driven individuals, it’s natural to focus on what’s ahead, not what’s behind. However, appreciation for the past provides valuable perspective that can ground you. This weekend over your favorite beverage, sit and write a list of the top five things you HAVE accomplished this year, including projects undertaken, initiatives completed, relationships formed, training received, and goals accomplished. As you do so, realize how much you have to be proud of and grateful for. You’ll be surprised how much it lifts your spirits and resets your thinking for finishing out the year in stride.

Happy Thanksgiving from Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search

Thanksgiving is a time to pause and reflect on all the things we have to be grateful for. As we gather with family, it is a meaningful reminder that connections are the most valuable of all. At Hyatt-Fennell we are deeply thankful for our relationships with each of you and wish you a very happy holiday.

Search Spotlight: President, Brenau University

Brenau University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of President. As an inspiring and forward-thinking leader, the President is responsible for providing strategic and entrepreneurial leadership to ensure continuation of the University’s exemplary success in all academic and operational areas. Founded in 1878, Brenau University, with an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, boasts an annual enrollment of over 3,500 students from 40 states and 23 countries in graduate and undergraduate programs on five campuses and extensive online degrees and programs from pedagogically expert, well-trained professors. U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges, and The Princeton Review con

Search Spotlight: Provost, St. Thomas University

St. Thomas University, a Catholic University located in Miami Gardens, Florida, is accepting nominations and applications for the position of Provost. Reporting to the President as the Chief Academic Officer, the Provost is responsible for the overall coordination and leadership of all academic matters of the University. The new Provost will be expected to take office during the Spring semester of 2019. St. Thomas University is a thriving campus with undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of disciplines. The school also features a growing athletic program. In 2019 football will be added to the roster of 14 sports already played by the University’s teams. St. Thomas University recen

Are You a Fraud? How Imposter Syndrome Might be Hampering Your Career

If you feel like your colleagues deserve their jobs, but that you have ended up in yours through lucky mistakes, you might have Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome is the persistent feeling that you are a fake—even when your job outcomes show success. The irony of Imposter Syndrome is that it generally afflicts high-achieving professionals. Running in circles with successful professionals can make anyone feel insecure. While anyone can suffer from Imposter Syndrome, women and minorities are particularly susceptible to it. If you are suffering from Imposter Syndrome, here are some suggestions to realign your thinking Focus on contributions, not perfection. Perfectionism and imposter syndrome

TUESDAY:  Come See Us at CIC CAO!

Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search will be attending the 2018 Institute for Chief Academic Officers, November 3–6, 2018 in St. Louis. Hyatt-Fennell has been a proud sponsor of The Council of Independent Colleges for 28 years. On Tuesday, November 6th, Cheryl Hyatt will provide 30 minutes of one-on-one career consulting for up to 12 participants from 1:30–4:30 p.m. Participants will sign up through CIC, in advance, on a first-come, first served basis, and will be distributed evenly to all sponsors who choose to participate. Space is limited. Participants will bring copies of their resume and come prepared to talk about future plans. Discussions will be held as confidential as possible. For more i

How Many of Your Students Vote?

College is where young people move from dependent teenagers to independent adults. College is not just about transmitting knowledge, but developing competence. Student development, properly conceived, is intellectual, emotional, and social. By instilling the habit of voting in students, you are teaching them to be engaged members of their communities. Lead by example. College leadership should vote and share with students what they have gained by exercising their civic duty. Consider an op-ed in the student paper or a blog post on the topic. Point to resources. Many students live far from where they are registered to vote—if they registered at all. Provide students with information on how t

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