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It’s Not You, It’s Me. Avoiding a Fundamental Cover Letter Error

If your cover letter is all about you, you’ve failed. A well-crafted cover letter reflects the author, yes, but it focuses on the position. In order to avoid this perennial error, we’ve created a list of three things a cover letter is NOT. Have you fallen into any of these traps? A cover letter is not a monologue. It’s a dialogue. Many enthusiastic job-seekers are so eager to highlight their strengths that they lose track of the point of a cover letter: to convince a hiring manager that you could be a good fit for their position. Your cover letter should signal that you’ve listened to who they are as a company and what they are looking for in this position—and invite them to respond to you.

Search Spotlight: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Is it time for a new position? Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search is assisting with the following searches: ​ Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL Associate Provost Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown, MA Endowed Chair for Nursing Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD Registrar Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown & Chelsea, MA Director of Financial Aid Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD Dean of Nursing Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH Vice President, Mission and Ministry DePaul University, Chicago IL Whether you want to apply or pass the information on to someone who would be an excellent fit,

Is Jargon Sabotaging Your Job Search?

Most professionals use insider jargon without thinking twice about it. It’s a daily part of corporate and academic culture; however, when on the job-hunt, individuals need to be attuned to their language, and jargon is no exception. Use of jargon can have a wide range of unintended consequences, from making your cover letter opaque to causing you to sound pompous in an interview. How do you make keywords and jargon work for you without drowning in them? We have three questions you should ask yourself before deploying an acronym or technical term. • Do I need it? It’s in your best interest to avoid the jargon if possible. Your goal is to speak clearly and vividly in your cover letter and ré

Confidence or Competence? How a Hiring Committee Can See A Candidate’s True Colors

Presence is one important facet of a qualified professional. But confidence can compliment an inventory of skills or it can overcompensate for a lack of skills. It can be hard to tell the difference between a real gem and fool’s gold. How do you ensure that a candidate will be a sustainable employee and not just a shining interviewee? We offer three tips for overcoming the predisposition to rally for an overconfident presenter. Vary your interactions. Interviews should incorporate a variety of times to see the candidates in multiple settings. Include informal time to interact and get to know them and focused time to interview. Craft questions that hone in on key aspects of the position, the

How Teachers Responded to 9/11

Education Week provided robust coverage of the September 11th attacks, particularly as they interfaced with education. On this solemn anniversary, visit their archives as you reflect on the day. In her article from a week after the attack, Darcia Harris Bowman, relates how educators navigated relating the news to their students. "Kids take their cues from adults, so it's important for teachers to get their emotional house in order so they can express calm and confidence,” said James Garbarino, the author of the newly published book Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem, in Your Child’s Life. "That's where leadership is important," added Mr. Garbarino, a professor of

What’s Your Career Story?

Every professional should be able to share his or her career journey. How do you tell a concise, meaningful story of your career? What to leave out is just as important a question as what to include. We offer three questions to keep your career tale short, but power-packed. Who is your audience? Your career story will have consistent themes from one telling to the next, but it should reflect whom you are relating it to and why you are sharing it. A career account to an audience at a conference should be different from one told to a potential employer in an interview. Who is the main character? Your career story is personal. Your focus and passion should be the central theme of your career st

Making Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out—for The Right Reasons

Every professional has—or should have—a LinkedIn account. But does your profile make you more or less attractive to potential employers and collaborators? William Arruda shares in Forbes three ways you can stand out from the masses. His first suggestion is enhanced text. He explains, “If you’ve looked at a lot of LinkedIn profiles like I have, you’ve probably noticed that the text looks the same from profile to profile. It is all “regular” text. Well, there’s a way to add italics and bold to your content to help you emphasize key messages and at the same time make your profile stand out.“

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