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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.

  • New!   Academic Job Search: A Playbook for the Internal Candidate - Career Tools Article, September 2014
    by Jeffrey A. Schroetlin
    The job search process in academia is simply different than in any other industry -- for example, it tends to be much more committee-oriented, rules-driven, and transparent. Even internal candidates who have proven themselves over many years in their institutions are rarely simply promoted but must participate in an open search and be properly vetted alongside other candidates.
  • New!   Higher Education Marketing: A Panel Discussion Part I, Effectively Marketing Your Campus - HigherEd Careers Interview, September 2014   
    by Andrew Hibel
    Higher education marketing practices and techniques have evolved dramatically over the years for every type of institution. This month we are fortunate to hear the perspectives of marketing experts from a community college, a private institution and a public university.
  • Student Debt Burdens All Ages -- Seniors Included - Career Tools Article, September 2014
    by Kimberly Hefling
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.
  • Amateurism and Intercollegiate Athletics - Career Tools Article, September 2014
    by Eric Snyder, Ph.D
    The alarm clock beeps, she rolls over, it's 5:30 a.m. At 6:00 a.m. the bus leaves to drive 30 minutes north to Oklahoma City. On board are 70 women on the University of Oklahoma's rowing roster. Forty-nine of these women receive no athletic scholarship for their participation. These student-athletes are the true modern amateur participants in college sports.
  • College first in the nation for these admissions  External Article - Career Tools Article, September 2014
    In what could be considered not only a unique marketing move for a brand-conscious college, but also a giant step forward in creating admissions equity for a more diverse population, Goucher College today has become the first college in the nation to create an application option requesting student-submitted videos as the decisive factor for admission.
  • How to Interpret a Job Posting - Career Tools Article, September 2014
    by Peter Weddle
    Job postings are the lingua franca of the job market. They are the way employers communicate with job seekers. All too often, however, the messages conveyed by those ads are one-sided and muddled by corporate jargon. So, how can you interpret the content of job postings to determine which openings are right for you?
  • Everything That You Say/Write Will Be Used Against You - Author In Residence, September 2014
    by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D.
    In the three previous blog posts we discussed the purpose of resumes and cover letters. This post articulates the imperative that the job seeker spends countless hours laboring over them. The saying that "You only get one chance to make a first impression" certainly rings true in the job search process.
  • Social Media Campaign Publicizes Lifeline Law - Career Tools Article, August 2014
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Students at 13 Indiana college campuses will receive social media messages about the state law that allows minors who have been drinking to report a medical emergency or a crime without getting in trouble.
  • Higher Ed Employees Sharing More of the Cost for Healthcare - Career Tools Article, August 2014
    by CUPA-HR
    As a result of changes to healthcare benefits stemming from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and in an effort to better control costs, many higher education institutions are passing more of the cost of healthcare along to their employees.
  • Employment in Higher Education Contracts for Fourth Consecutive Quarter As Job Postings Increase - Career Tools Article, August 2014
    by Amanda Bucher
    The number of jobs in higher education decreased in Q2 2014 for the fourth consecutive quarter and the largest decline since the current downward trend began. During 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. The full report can be viewed at
  • Education Department to ease college loan rules - Career Tools Article, August 2014
    by Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Education said Thursday it will try to make it easier for students and parents with troubled credit histories to get college loans.

    New rules would ease restrictions on college students seeking loans from the government's direct loan program.
  • How to Get and Keep the Attention of a Search Firm - Career Tools Article, August 2014
    by Justin Zackal
    If your career in higher education advances far enough, chances are you will be a candidate for a leadership position at an institution that uses a search firm.

    HigherEdJobs links to more than 50 search firms specializing in searches on behalf of colleges and universities for executive and administrative positions from directors and chairs to deans and presidents.
  • 5 ways a 'corporation' status is transforming colleges  External Article - Career Tools Article, August 2014
    by Meris Stansbury
    Colleges and universities often say they help students develop the skills needed for an enriched life and provide services that benefit the community; but a recent trend in adopting a formal status for higher education institutions is not only helping with regional accreditation and state standings, it's helping recruit and retain millennial students and innovative staff.
  • Student Housing: Summer Rules - HigherEd Careers Interview, August 2014   
    by Andrew Hibel
    Even though the students may be away during the summer months, a lot still happens when it comes to summer housing and conference services on campus. This month we look at some "behind the scenes" activities and take a look inside the roles of professionals serving in university housing positions and their advice for professional development.
  • Q & A with Dave Revsine - Career Tools Article, August 2014
    by Dave Revsine
    Andrew Hibel shares a Q & A session with journalist and lead studio host for the Big Ten Network, Dave Revsine, regarding his recent book release, "The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation."
  • Making a College Education Possible - Career Tools Article, August 2014
    by David Crary
    Nervous but determined, the 15-year-old boy walked into a conference room in Columbus, Ohio, for a fateful interview. If it went well, perhaps he'd have a chance to be the first member of his impoverished family to attend college.
  • Brand Yourself as a Person of Talent, Not a Job Seeker - Career Tools Article, August 2014
    by Peter Weddle
    Employers call today's job market a War for Talent. Why should you care? Because it signals a change in the way they hire. Employers are no longer making offers to people who can do the job. They are looking for those who will do more and can prove it.
  • Is Your Cover Letter Persuasive? - Author In Residence, August 2014
    by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D.
    In an earlier blog post, we noted that the purpose of the resume is to get an interview. Following this line of reasoning, the purpose of the cover letter is to seal the deal-that is, to convince the reader that you are both competitive for the job and a good fit with the institution. Let's pause and reemphasize this point. Your resume has tentatively landed you in the 'Yes' pile.
  • The Next Big Innovation in Higher Ed is... Collaboration?  External Article - Career Tools Article, August 2014
    According to Hrabowski, there are many components to creating a thriving, successful institution; including rethinking admissions to include students who may not fit the traditional mold, inviting companies to integrate on campus with students, understanding the immense need to tell a story with data (rather than just rattling off sterile numbers), and providing support for minority students.
  • The Psychology of Interviewing - Career Tools Article, July 2014
    by Alison Herget
    You've followed the usual laundry list of interviewing tips while preparing for your interview. You're dressed to impress, you've researched your employer, and you're ready to go. What else can you do to succeed when interviewing in a competitive job market?
  • Organize Your Job Search Like an Air Traffic Controller - Career Tools Article, July 2014
    by Justin Zackal
    To conduct an effective job search you need to be as organized as an air traffic controller. With so many job postings out there you need to set up alerts, document your activity and have easy access to information.
  • College Athletes-Mental Health - Career Tools Article, July 2014
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The University of Michigan has received a grant from the NCAA to develop and evaluate a program for supporting mental health initiatives for student-athletes.
  • Avoid the "Bully Boss" Label - Career Tools Article, July 2014
    by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR
    There is a workplace myth that employees must simply tolerate their bosses' negative, harassing and bullying behaviors under the guise that they are not bullies, but merely "tough." Such bosses argue that their actions are necessary to ensure performance and productivity and that niceness, gentleness and humility do not get the job done.
  • Why Not All Universities Will Survive - Author In Residence, July 2014
    by Frank McCluskey & Melanie Winter
    Will your college or university exist in 25 years? This may sound like a doomsday question, but in these difficult times for higher education, it is a reasonable question for college leadership to ask.
  • Do's and Don'ts of Submitting Through an Applicant Tracking System - Career Tools Article, July 2014
    by Justin Zackal
    Many colleges and universities use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to evaluate prospective candidates. Applying to a position through an ATS often trips up many applicants and prevents them from advancing through the interview process.