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We here at HigherEdJobs appreciate the efforts it takes to be successful in your job search. We have compiled some original and/or exclusive articles below that we feel will be practical and inspirational during this process. As always, we appreciate the privilege of helping you achieve your goals.

  • The Affordable Care Act and Higher Education - April 2014
    From its inception to its troubled roll out, this country's new health insurance policy has been the subject of countless news stories and debates. But what does it mean for higher education employment? Will the fact that young adults no longer have to be a full-time student to be on their parents' insurance affect college enrollment, and thus jobs? Will universities be able to hire more adjuncts now that the pressure to provide insurance is removed?
  • The Affordable Care Act and Higher Education - Career Tools Article, April 2014
    by Brian Bialkowski
    This special series turns its attention to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Passed in 2010 and a source of controversy ever since, ACA significantly overhauls the American health care system. Recent months' headlines of botched rollouts and deferred deadlines aside, ACA is unfolding and taking effect as we speak. So what will it all mean particularly for higher ed?
  • Why Institutions Self-Insure Their Health Care Coverage - Career Tools Article, April 2014
    by Justin Zackal
    Most people assume that their employer purchases insurance plans from an insurance company. However, a slight majority of U.S. colleges and universities choose to self-fund the health care coverage they offer their employees.

    Many job applicants aren't aware if an institution is self-insured because this coverage status is rarely mentioned on job advertisements.
  • Institutions as Direct Providers of Health Care - Career Tools Article, April 2014
    by Justin Zackal
    According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), there are 141 accredited medical schools in the United States, all of which are AAMC members. There are also nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems that are AAMC members.
  • The Affordable Care Act and College Enrollment Decisions - Career Tools Article, April 2014
    by Tom Rhoads
    One of my responsibilities as a professor of economics at Towson University is to advise undergraduate business students on the courses they should take each semester. Over the years, I’ve noted one particular change in my discussions with these students regarding the number of courses in which they want to enroll. Specifically, I no longer discuss the relevance of taking a certain number of courses in order to be considered a full-time student instead of a part-time student, even though this once was a common discussion with a significant number of students.
  • Sick at its Core, a Review of Gibson and Singh's The Battle over Health Care: What Obama's Reform Means for America's Future. - Career Tools Article, April 2014
    by Brian Bialkowski
    Why and how is health care such an urgent issue today, and exactly what does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) do to remedy the problem? These questions have launched thousands of pages of argument and discussion, and Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh attempt to tackle them, as well as offer suggestions for additional reform, in The Battle over Health Care. While the results are mixed, their book is notable nonetheless for the amount of ground it is able to cover in a relatively short amount of space.
  • Effects of the Affordable Care Act on University Employees Poll Results - Career Tools Article, April 2014
    by Justin Zackal
    To measure higher education professionals' perception of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we polled some of HigherEdJobs' visitors and social media followers.

    Of our respondents, 87 percent are currently employed in academia. The respondents were well represented by institution types: four-year public universities (28.3 percent), four-year private schools (23.7 percent)
  • ACA: What Will the Prescription Be? - Career Tools Article, April 2014
    by Brian O'Connell
    With the looming deadline to sign up for individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the ACA is making big waves, and generating big controversy. But what does health care reform mean for higher education professionals?
  • Higher Ed Salaries Increasing, Jobs Decreasing (Slightly) - Career Tools Article, April 2014
    by Marta Segal Block
    This week, The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) released findings from their 2013-2014 Professionals in Higher Education Salary Survey. This is the 17th annual publication of the survey. The survey was completed by over 1,000 higher education institutions including public, private, religious, Master's colleges and universities, Baccalaureate colleges, and Doctorate-granting institutions.
  • Measuring the Impact of Engineering Education - HigherEd Careers Interview, March 2014   
    by Andrew Hibel
    "Engineering is a poorly understood profession," states this month's HigherEd Careers guest expert, Dean Gary May from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. May discusses the importance of highlighting engineering education and explores how colleges and universities can succeed in retaining and graduating STEM students. The partnership between the American Society for Engineering Education and President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and its mission to further awareness of engineering education is also discussed.
  • Stop Applying Everywhere, Start Gathering Information - Career Tools Article, March 2014
    by Justin Zackal
    Maybe you haven't seen your ideal job posted in awhile. Maybe you haven't applied for a job recently. Sometimes you just feel helpless.

    You have to do something, so you expand your search criteria and increase the number of applications you're sending to employers.
  • When is the Best Time for Open Positions in Higher Ed? - Career Tools Article, March 2014
    by Justin Zackal
    Timing is everything in your job search. Higher education professionals conducting a search often ask, "When is the best time of year for open positions?"

    Before seeking the answer, you must first understand that your job search is unique and it only takes one offer –– and that one job offer can come along at any time.
  • CUPA-HR Survey Shows Public Institutions Outpaced Private Institutions Last Year in Salary Increases for Senior Administrators - Career Tools Article, March 2014
    by CUPA-HR
    In 2013, for the first time in several years, senior leaders at public institutions saw a more substantial salary increase than their peers at private institutions. Data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)’s 2013-14 Administrators in Higher Education Salary Survey show a median base salary increase of 2.5% for those in senior-level positions at public institutions
  • Higher Education Employment Contracts While Job Postings Expand - Career Tools Article, March 2014
    by Amanda Bucher
    The number of jobs in higher education decreased in Q4 2013 for the second consecutive quarter. Over the same period, the number of advertisements for job openings in higher education continued to grow according to a new report from HigherEdJobs, the leading source for jobs and career information in academia.
  • Crafting Your First Resume - Career Tools Article, February 2014
    by Kelly A. Cherwin
    You are graduating soon or maybe thinking ahead and starting your job search early. In addition to acing your final classes, your resume needs to be perfected as well. But, how do you draft that first resume? As a director of career services, I worked with many students who were crafting their first resume...
  • How to Appropriately Use Your Network During Your Job Search - HigherEd Careers Interview, February 2014   
    by Andrew Hibel
    Are you looking for a job? Don't underestimate the power of using your network in your job search. In this month's interview, we discuss the importance of effectively utilizing your network. Tips on properly utilizing your contacts through respectful and professional interactions are discussed as well as pitfalls to avoid.
  • Search Early, Search Often - Career Tools Article, February 2014
    by Marta Segal Block
    One of the most crowded sessions at the recent MLA Annual Convention in Chicago was "Myth Busting the Job Search." The session was a sort of Job Searching 101 for those in the Humanities. One piece of advice shared that seemed to surprise many attendees was to start your job search early, before you’re actually on the market
  • The Affordable Career Act - Career Tools Article, February 2014
    by Peter Weddle
    With all of the talk about the Affordable Care Act, preserving our physical health is on almost everybody's mind. While that's certainly appropriate, ensuring the health of your career is just as central to your well being. Indeed, the single best way to find a new or better job is to conduct your search with a strong and vital career.
  • Careers in Student Conduct - HigherEd Careers Interview, January 2014   
    by Andrew Hibel
    Student conduct is a critical topic addressed on university campuses across the country. This month we talk with Dr. Jennifer Waller from the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). Topics discussed include resources available and tips for dealing with conduct issues as well as suggestions for success for higher education professionals working in the area of conduct administration and conflict resolution.
  • 7 tech predictions for higher education in 2014  External Article - Career Tools Article, January 2014
    Every year for the past decade, I have blogged about what I think the big ideas and trends around eLearning will be for the following year. Some of those predictions have been spot on (MOOC-fever in 2009) while others have missed
  • Webinar: Tools and Strategies for Fostering a Civil Work Environment - Career Tools Article, January 2014
    by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR
    Please join us on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at noon EST for a free webinar led by Daniel Griffith, J.D., SPHR, that will review common workplace incivilities and explain why institutional leaders and others wishing to foster a positive work culture should take heed.

    The webinar will also explore why traditional procedural responses are often ineffective for responding to uncivil behaviors and advocate instead for practical responses that empower organizational members and support their innate desire to use common sense, goodwill, and mutual trust to self-regulate their interactions.
  • The Delta That Makes a Difference - Career Tools Article, January 2014
    by Peter Weddle
    Research indicates that over half of all openings are filled by employers' internal candidates. That figure will obviously vary from field-to-field, but the point remains: the most serious competitor you are likely to face in the job market isn't another job seeker. It's the person who's already working for the organization with the opening.
  • Ten New Year's Resolutions for Higher Ed Job Seekers - Career Tools Article, January 2014
    by Justin Zackal
    The new year is a perfect time to reset your job search. If you're currently working in higher education, it's an ideal time to get your house in order before the next semester begins. If you're not working in academia, it's good timing as the
  • Leading Versus Managing - Career Tools Article, December 2013
    by Gregory B. Meeks
    Congratulations! You've landed your new job, a dream job with a "management" title. But, sometimes "managing" a team may result in cajoling and herding your staff and faculty. If you want to make your new position a leadership position, here are some tips to follow:
  • Cover Letters, A New Technique - Career Tools Article, December 2013
    by Justin Zackal
    You may have heard bullet points suggested as a great way to write your resume. When hiring managers are skimming stacks of resumes, clear, concise bullet points of your credentials could be the difference between your application landing in the YES pile or the NO pile.