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An Open Leadership Position Is a Crucial Juncture for Your Organization

When you have a leadership position open at your organization it taxes the rest of your staff until that role is filled. With the added strain, it can be hard to think strategically instead of reactively. An executive search firm can help you see beyond the immediate need to the long-term implications. A skilled executive search firm takes time to understand your needs and goals, has the network to connect with relevant applicants, and guides you through the entire process from posting to placement—and beyond. They will generate a stronger pool of qualified applicants who are well matched for your organization’s unique culture and specific candidate needs. If you have a search in your instit

Three Tips for Interviewing with Confidence

Interviewers are looking for someone who is a good fit for a position. This encompasses specific qualifications, but also personal traits that make you a cultural fit. Follow our tips and walk into your first executive interview like you already belong: 1. Prepare Thoughtfully. Leadership is responsible for strategically charting a course for an organization. Through your interview you are considering if that is something you want to do. You should be aware of the strengths, challenges, and strategic opportunities of the organization. 2. Listen Well. Strong leaders are secure in themselves and their ideas enough to value the input and contributions of others. You will exhibit confidence by t

Cover Letters: Why Copy + Paste Won’t Get You the Job

When it comes to writing a cover letter, one size does not fit all. It is important to write a tailored cover letter for each position you seek. Writing cover letters and customizing résumés can seem like a lot of work, but when you consider that you’re seeking a long-term placement with this institution, the initial time investment is quite small. People can see through a form letter a mile away. If your cover letter doesn’t show thoughtful composition, why should the hiring manager give it thoughtful consideration? You will likely have characteristic ways of saying things; if you have a nice turn of phrase for describing one of your strengths, no one will fault you for using it twice. Stil

Is Your Career in Need of Spring Cleaning?

Spring is a time of renewal and growth. Nature understands that seasons of rebirth are vital for continued development; however, many of us can get stuck in a rut. Working the same job in the same institution for years can dull our senses and our imagination. Longevity is a gift, but we must be careful to protect against its potential downsides. Join in the season of renewal by doing some professional spring cleaning. Take an hour or two of dedicated time of reflection on the last year. Put away your phone, avoid interruptions, and ask yourself these three questions: 1. What projects gave me the greatest satisfaction? Cleaning expert Marie Kondo has made a brand—and now a successful Netflix

Storytelling Is Key for Competency-based Interviewing: 5 Tips to Improve Your Delivery

Most interviewers don’t want you to wax eloquent about your attributes in the abstract. They want to hear concrete examples of workplace situations you encountered and how you responded. The rise of competency-based interviewing means that you will have to call upon your storytelling skills. If you’re more comfortable presenting enrollment data to the board of regents than you are telling stories, we have five tips to help you hone your skills. 1. Have a point. Know from the outset what you are trying to convey with a particular anecdote. Bear that in mind throughout so you don’t get lost in unnecessary details. 2. Follow a structure. Your narrative should present the challenge you were fa

Selling Your Skills: Three Tips for Breaking through Your Modesty and Learning to Be Your Best Advoc

If you are going in for an interview, you will have to talk about yourself—a lot. Many of us are uncomfortable being the topic of conversation. While it wouldn’t be polite to dominate the conversation at a dinner party with conversations about yourself, in an interview the express point is to see if you are a good fit for the institution. It would be unhelpful if you avoided talking about yourself! It’s important to understand that true modesty is not the self-effacing version that is so often portrayed. Genuinely humble people are not embarrassed to talk about themselves. When you are modest, your ego gets out of the way and lets you get things done—including discussing your strengths if th

International Women's Day: One President’s Perspective

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to highlight the contributions of women and to advocate for greater parity. Dr. Jann Rudd Weitzel, president of Cottey College, shares that she has a quote, adapted from a quote by Hunter S. Thompson, hanging on the wall of the President’s House that keeps her focused: Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, latte in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming "Wow! What a Ride!” As an executive search firm, we believe that we can serve our clients best by introducing them to qualified c

Application Deadline Close to Apply for Vice President for Mission Integration at St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure University (www.sbu.edu) a private, Franciscan Catholic institution in Western New York, is accepting applications for its Vice President for Mission Integration. This position assists the President in promoting and enabling the vision of the University, its Catholic identity, and its Franciscan mission and heritage. This is an executive-level, full-time, administrative appointment. Whether you are looking for a new role or you’d like to share with someone you know who would be a perfect fit, there’s still time to apply before the March 8th deadline. For more information and to apply, visit our website.

Language and Leadership: Four Phrases Leaders Can’t Utter

Leadership in any arena, particularly academia, comes with responsibility and decorum. David Perlmutter, Professor and Dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University, shares his insights on four phrases that are off limits for leadership—including foul language. He relates his own experience: I can count on two hands the number of times I have lost my temper "on the job" in the 15 years I have been an administrator across four campuses. In each incident, I vehemently reacted to an abuse of power I felt was taking place. I still think my judgment was correct in each incident; it was my emotional reaction that was faulty. As an academic administrator you can be right, bu

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