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Four Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Most successful professionals spend a very small percentage of their time interviewing. Because of that, it can be easy to get tripped up by simple mistakes. Whether you have an interview on the far horizon or next week’s calendar, brush up on these four mistakes that could cost you the job: Give a canned answer. HR managers perform interviews all day. They can spot a scripted response a mile away. While you’ll weave many of the same themes about your experience and skills into your interviews across organizations, it’s important that you are genuine and conversational. They have given you the compliment of extending an interview. Respond with mutual respect by being thoughtful and personal

Stand out from the Crowd: Distinguishing Yourself in a Tight Job Market

With many people out of work, the challenge for job seekers to differentiate themselves compounds. How can you give yourself the best chance of getting an interview—and getting the job? We have three tips to give you a competitive advantage: Explore your network. The colleagues you’ve worked with are the single greatest asset you bring to a job search. When entering the job market reach out to trusted colleagues to let them know you’re open to a new position. If a position catches your eye, check to see if you know someone with ties to the company who could give you insight or a recommendation. Make a practice of helping others so colleagues will be eager to help when you’re the one in need

Do You Have the Leaders You Need?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought strain to institutions across sectors and around the world. It has brought into stark relief the key role that leaders play in weathering the storms we face. We look to those in authority to bring leadership, vision, and strategy. An effective leader makes the difference between success and failure for your institution. Philomena Mantella recently shared her experience taking the mantle of president and then being thrust into the COVID-19 crisis. One of her key takeaways: “Let’s aggressively build new forms of integrated work and address the talent in our workforce.” Read her entire article here. Do you have the talent you need in place for the fall to he

Three Strategies for Accelerating a Leadership Search

As summer recess begins, many college leaders are already turning their attention to fall and the people they’ll need to make 2020/2021 a successful academic year. The shift to online instruction has added even more of a crunch to colleges in need of critical campus leadership for the fall. If you have executive positions you’re looking to fill, we have three tips to speed up your search. Understand your organization. Cultural fit is a key factor for long-term success. What values does your candidate need to resonate with? Which aspects of your mission are core to your identity and which are evolving? Having a robust understanding of who you are will give you a clear idea of who your candida

Don’t Let Connection Issues Keep You from Excelling at a Zoom Interview

Much of workplace life has moved online for the time being—including interviews. While the internet is replete with hilarious video-conference fails, it’s subtle issues that sabotage most of us. A video interview presents some unique technological and mental barriers. Here are our three tips to present a clear and positive picture: Test-run your technology. Enlist a friend or colleague to help you practice placing and receiving calls using the platform your interview will be held on. How does your image look? Is your background professional? Can they hear you clearly? Ensure you have a phone number for the person you’re interviewing in case you encounter technological challenges. Just as you

What’s in Your Toolbox: Three Keys for Adapting in an Uncertain Time

The coronavirus pandemic has turned life as we knew it on its head. Teams are scattered across their home offices as they collaborate from home. Business practices are having to change. New procedures are being implemented. When you face an abrupt change, how can you not only survive, but succeed? We have three tips to help you catch the curveballs life throws. Recognize your overall objective. It’s important to have a broad perspective during times of change. Take a step back and evaluate what your primary function is and how you can get there. Build space for contingency plans into your mental sketch of the situation. Identify your short-term need. Once you know where you need to go, what’

How Do you Get Where You Need to Go? - #3 in a series by Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., Senior Consultant,

I start every day by reading several newspapers and higher education publications. A day doesn’t go by without several articles about the future of higher education. For example, on April 26th, an opinion piece was published in the NY Times entitled, “College Campuses Must Reopen in The Fall. Here’s How We Do It,” written by Christina Paxson, the President of Brown University. While I applaud her sentiments, it became clear that her ideas were really no different than what we already know. She suggested that campuses need to: Have access to testing, tracing and resources for those infected with the virus (e.g., space for quarantine). Be sure that everyone wears a mask. House students in

Search Spotlight: Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Notre Dame of Maryland University is seeking applications for a full-time 12-month Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) position, beginning June 15, 2020, for the developing entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program (OTD). This is a full time, 12-month, core faculty position. The AFWC will be responsible for the coordination, management, and compliance of the Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences required by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The AFWC will ensure the quality and integrity of the fieldwork experience and creates a fieldwork program that meets ACOTE standards. Read full details of the position and start your application here.

Private Colleges: A Sequestered Semester - #6 in Series by Tom Kennedy, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Sear

“A jury-rig is a temporary solution created with the materials at hand. In some cases, a jury-rig may be poorly put together, but that sense isn’t part of the definition. Jury-rigs can be clever, innovative, and impressive.” —Dictionary.com It is obvious that our colleges and universities are facing a most challenging time during the Covid19 viral attack. Resident students have been quarantined, graduations cancelled, employees told to vacate the campus. In the meantime, faculty are struggling to salvage the remaining weeks of the spring semester. Rather than simply terminating the semester, colleges have made the choice to complete the courses using technology and eliminating classroom meet

Don’t Let Connection Issues Keep You from Excelling at a Zoom Interview

Much of workplace life has moved online for the time being—including interviews. While the internet is replete with hilarious video-conference fails, it’s subtle issues that sabotage most of us. A video interview presents some unique technological and mental barriers. Here are our three tips to present a clear and positive picture: Test-run your technology. Enlist a friend or colleague to help you practice placing and receiving calls using the platform your interview will be held on. How does your image look? Is your background professional? Can they hear you clearly? Ensure you have a phone number for the person you’re interviewing in case you encounter technological challenges. Just as you

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