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Dare to Be Yourself in The Interview

It can be easy to lose yourself in the interview process. You become a chameleon, constantly recasting yourself to fit the needs of each unique position with every different institution. That is a mistake. Even if that would land you an interview—or even a job offer—it will not yield a long-term match. While organizations do want someone who can fulfill the job duties, they ultimately desire someone who can inhabit and expand a role. The interview process is about learning about each other and seeing if your experience and identity are a good fit for their needs and trajectory. We have three tips to present your authentic self in an interview. Tell your story. When answering questions, don’t

Avoiding a Disastrous Hire: How to Sift Confidence from Competence

Hiring committees are tasked with assessing the character and fit of a candidate in a short amount of time. Even with multiple interviews, it is a compressed sample. How can you see through surface shine and ascertain true quality? Cheryl Hyatt recently delved into this topic in an article for Recruiter. One of her suggestions: enlist outside perspectives. Your candidate’s references have seen them in diverse circumstances and offer valuable insight. Hyatt writes: “Even in a lengthy interview process, the amount of time you spend with a candidate can be measured in hours—during which they will be on their best behavior. It’s vital that you hear from people who worked with the candidates over

How College Presidents Can Harness the Power of Social Media

Though we live in a digital age, many leaders in academia are not tapping into its power to connect with their constituents. When Scott Miller was appointed president of Bethany College he resolved to intentionally engage on social media. Miller joined forces with our own Dr. Marylouise Fennell and the two crafted a robust strategy across multiple platforms. The strategy has yielded great results. One of the keys, they found, was understanding which audience to reach with which platform. Miller is one of the presidents profiled in Dan Zaiontz’s book #FollowTheLeader: Lessons in Social Media Success from #HigherEd CEOs. Read more about his digital approach here.

What’s in Your Toolkit: 5 Effective Ways to Deal with Job Rejection.

There is one guarantee if you are looking for a job: you will be told no. While few people look forward to rejection, you can make it work for you. Here are five ways to grow from the rejection that is inherent in a job search: Say thank you. Even when you receive a rejection, take the time to genuinely thank the interviewer or hiring manager for their time. Manners matter. You never know when you will interact with that person next. Be sure to show your character even when you’ve received bad news. Consider the reason. It can help your approach to the next position if you understand why you weren’t a good fit for this one. Was it the size of the organization? Your past experience? While you

Is The Future of Your Organization in Jeopardy? The Importance of a Talent Pipeline

The availability (and ability) of the leaders for your institution tomorrow hinges on your development of talent today. How can you identify and invest in the potential of your employees? Dr. Rob Sheehan, Academic Director of Executive MBA Programs at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, shares his suggestions. Sheehan points out that preparing for the good of your organization as a whole starts on an individual level. He points out: “All staff should have individual development plans. Make sure that your high potentials have some “stretch” assignments that will challenge them. Don’t be afraid to give them risky assignments.” Read the rest of his thoughts an

Why Provosts Can’t Win: The Complexities of the Provost’s Role at Vulnerable Institutions

Small colleges and universities face challenges and pressures like never before. The burden of those challenges can fall with undue weight on provosts. Scott Carlson recently focused on the ways provosts are being squeezed in the current academic landscape. In the pages of the latest issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Carlson spoke with numerous experts, including our own Cheryl Hyatt. Hyatt noted the intense schedule and long hours many provosts are expected to keep. That exhaustion leads to increased turnover. Read the entire article here.

Books to Boost Your Career in 2020

A new year is a perfect time to bring some fresh thoughts and strategies to your professional life. Here are three reads our team recommends that you check out in 2020. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy. Cuddy shares research (first shared in her popular TED Talk) about how the way we carry ourselves shapes how we move through the world. The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger. Iger relates experiences and reflections from his 15 years at the helm of the Walt Disney Company. This book is vivid, wise, and inspiring. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport. Sensory overload is a constant in our screen-saturated world.

Search Spotlight: Endowed Chair for Nursing

Is the new year time for a new position? Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search is assisting with a number of searches, including the Endowed Chair for Nursing at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) seeks a visionary nursing scholar for the newly developed Frances Kay Pitts '96 Endowed Chair for Nursing Leadership in Women and Children's Health. The Chair was endowed in honor of Kay Pitts who is dedicated to excellence in women’s and children's health. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to scholarship, research, teaching, and program development. Reporting to the Dean, this position is at the rank of associate or full professor, tenured/tenure-track a

Search Spotlight: Director of Financial Aid

Is the new year time for a new position? Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search is assisting with a number of searches, including the Director of Financial Aid for Bryn Athyn College. The Financial Aid Director is responsible for the management and administration of student Financial Aid and its functions, including needs analysis, verification, loan processing and satisfactory academic progress monitoring, preparation of federal and state reports, maintenance of Federal fund budgetary controls and regulatory compliance, and the delivery of funds and services to students. For more information, application, and other postings, visit our website. If you don’t see something in your line, but think a ch

Will We See You This Week at CIC?

If you’ll be at The 2020 Presidents Institute, presented by The Council of Independent Colleges, be sure to connect with us. Robert Head, Cheryl Hyatt, and Jake Schrum will be attending the event on Marco Island, Florida, from January 4–7th. Hyatt-Fennell has been a proud supporter of The Presidents Institute for more than 20 years. Contact us if you’d like to set time to connect this week to discuss a search on the horizon for your college in 2020.

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