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Leveraging the Power of Endorsements

An interview process allows you and an organization to get to know each other. You’ll be talking about yourself a lot—more than many people are comfortable with. In addition to preparing yourself to present your best self, you should also give attention to the others who are a valuable part of the process. You will be required to sing your own praises, yet it shouldn’t be a solo, but a choir. Endorsements allow others to corroborate and elaborate on your skills and strengths. Here are three ways you can strategically employ endorsements to secure your next job: ● Project reflections. While not a direct part of a job search, seeking feedback—positive and negative—after projects cultivates the

Should You Change Leaders in A Crisis?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought uncertainty to much of life, including career transitions. The Chronicle of Higher Education took a look at leadership changes and spoke to several individuals making a transition about the process and prospects. Read their experience here. As you consider your career options, insight from a seasoned professional can make all the difference. Call us to discuss your options today.

Cheryl Hyatt featured in Forbes Magazine

Our own Cheryl Hyatt is featured in an article in Forbes Magazine. https://www.forbes.com/sites/naomicahn/2020/06/17/the-best-ways-to-land-a-good-job-new-research-on-authenticity/#5ff9976076e4

Three Leadership Lessons from Dads of History

For many of us, our parents are the first authority figures we look up to. They introduce us to leadership lessons that will carry us through our lives and into our career. In honor of Father's Day, we reflect on three dads from American history and the lessons they have for leadership in the family and beyond: 1. Model achievement. John Adams was not only a father to six children, he was a founding father. A keen political philosopher, Adams believed in the difference one could make by giving to one’s country, himself serving as the first vice president and the second president of our country. These lessons were taken to heart by his children, including his son who followed in his father’s

Are Cover Letters Irrelevant?

Cover letters have been the cornerstone of job searches for ages. As attention spans wane and digital platforms swell, have they become passé? The answer is a resounding “no!” Cover letters are about connection. They allow you to establish connection with the company and connect the dots between your skills and their job opening. They introduce you to the company, prime them to read your résumé strategically, and convey your values and culture. When you consider the amount of heavy-lifting a résumé does, it’s little wonder that they have become a mainstay of the HR world. A quality cover letter is marked by these characteristics: 1. Personal. It should be directed to the individual making in

Digital Life Best Practices: What We’ve Learned from this Season

The rise of COVID-19 suddenly shifted life online. This migration has caused an uptick in innovations. A number of things initially done out of necessity have proven to be sustainable practices that can improve the strategy and practices of colleges. Here are three of the trends that we hope will continue: 1. Virtual campus tour. Many students will consider your school. Fewer will invest the time and money to visit, particularly when there is distance involved. Allow all students to get a positive introduction by having a high-quality virtual tour of your campus. The tour should not only include physical buildings, but highlight school culture. 2. Online meet and greet. The coronavirus pande

How to Reach Out to People You Don't Know…Yet

A healthy network is a growing network. When an opportunity to connect with someone new presents itself, don’t hesitate to take it. When connecting with new individuals, your approach matters. The tone you strike and method you use can make the difference between an annoying cold-call that’s rebuffed and a valued new colleague. The most effective way to grow your network is through utilizing your current network. Consider your connections. Do you and the individual you are seeking to connect with have any colleagues in common? One you’ve identified a shared connection, evaluate the nature of your relationship. Is this someone you work with regularly or rarely see? Have your interactions been

Prepare for a Distinct 2020 New Student Vision

Assuming that our campuses will function in a relatively normal fashion in the fall, what sort of student life might we anticipate? Aside from the health precautions which might limit formal class meetings and student activities, our colleges will welcome a transformed student population. Whether they be returning or new, these students will have a new vision of life in America. Some will have been actively involved in protest activities and witnessed first-hand an American reality that is contrary to the country’s stated values. Others will have been daily/hourly exposed to pictures, videos, and other media that explicitly portrayed the ugliness of racism. Yet another segment will be confir

PLANNING FOR 2021 AND BEYOND IS CRITICAL … BUT IT WILL REQUIRE BOLD LEADERSHIP

College presidents and senior administrators are actively planning for the reopening of campuses for Fall, 2020. With the future still uncertain, some are already thinking that they may not be able to open until January, 2021. Questions/concerns abound: - How will you achieve your 2020-21 enrollment goals? - How will you retain your current students? - How will you balance your budgets … 2019-20 and 2020-21? - How will you deliver instruction in the post-Corona world? - How will you keep your resident students safe? These questions and more are likely in the forefront of your ongoing discussions with Boards of Trustees, Cabinet/Senior Staff, Faculty Leaders, SGA Boards, community leader

How Resilient Employees Shape Organizational Outcomes: Cheryl Hyatt Featured in Recruiter Today

Cheryl was recently featured in Recruiter Today discussing the role that strong employees play in making an organization strong and sustainable. She writes: “Resilience is a trait that unites strength, perseverance, and adaptability. Keeping those traits in tension is key to success. Brute strength that doesn’t see a task through or adjust it’s approach leads to burnout. Dedication is not helpful if it’s misdirected and doggedly clings to the wrong idea. Flexibility needs to be grounded and focused. When these characteristics come together, it yields employees that are not only good in a crisis, but skilled in helping a dilemma come to a positive resolution. Resilience on an individual lev

Search Spotlight: Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Notre Dame of Maryland University is seeking applications for a full-time 12-month Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) position, 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. If summer has you considerin

Proactive Measures Can Make a Difference: Welcoming the Incoming Class in a Tenuous Time. A proactiv

Fifth in Series by Jack Calareso, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search Over the past few weeks in my conversations with former colleagues who currently serve as presidents of small colleges, their concern for fall enrollment is in the forefront. There are predictions everywhere that enrollment might be down as much as 20% from original projections. Articles frequently focus on the growing intentions of prospective new students to defer their admission, take a gap year or just not attend due to changes in family finances. As I share my ideas with colleagues, I have been thinking about what I would do if I was still a president. What follows is my draft of a letter to prospective new students, ac

Time for Bold Leadership - #4 in a Series by Jack Calareso, Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search

In this fourth and final article on mergers, I will share my ideas about the key link between mergers and bold leadership. But first, my premise and two caveats. My premise is that now is the time for bold leadership. A short-term “band aid approach” might get you into next year, whenever and whatever that is, but it won’t get you to a stable and bright future. If you are willing to consider bold approaches, the time is right for dramatic change because your board, your faculty, your staff, your alumni and your students may only be focused on survival. You get to define what the future could mean and how best to approach it. The two caveats: first, my ideas may not be right for you. They may

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