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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!   The United States' Skills Gap Crisis and You - Career Tools Article, April 2014
    by Dave Bornmann
    Shockingly, there are millions of jobs currently unfilled even though our country's unemployment rate remains stubbornly high. In a recently published book, The A+ Solution: How America's Professional Societies and Trade Associations Can Solve the Nation's Workforce Skills Crisis, the authors make a compelling case for the role associations can play in training our workforce and providing workers with the ongoing skill sets to succeed in their profession.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tenure in Academia, the Past, Present and Future - HigherEd Careers Interview, September 2013   
    by Andrew Hibel
    This month we explore the topic of tenure in higher education and ideas surrounding it. Why was the tenure system created, what purpose does it hold and in what direction is it headed? Dr. Gregory Scholtz from the American Association of University Professors discusses these questions and shares enlightening information on the sometimes controversial subject.
  • Q&A with the Big Ten Network - Career Tools Article, September 2013
    by Elizabeth Conlisk
    The broadcasting of college athletics has changed enormously over the years. Expanding from the traditionally viewed men's basketball and football games, various other events, in addition to a higher number of women's sports, are now accessible because of stations such as the Big Ten Network. We were fortunate to have a brief Q & A session with Elizabeth Conlisk, Vice President, Communications & University Relations, who explains the role and purpose of the Big Ten Network, the audience it reaches, and the opportunities it allows students.
  • The Advantages of Not Multi-Tasking - Career Tools Article, August 2013
    by Kelly A. Cherwin
    Although I did turn off my cell phone, I attended the recent ACUHO-I conference session eating my yogurt and drinking a cup of coffee as I was taking notes on why most people are not efficient at multi-tasking. This is why I'm sharing tips from the presentation: "I'm Really Good at Multi-tasking" - No You Are Not!

    Many people feel that if they multi-task, they can be more efficient and effective. However, the truth is that most people don't do it well and often times the quality of each task completed may decrease.
  • The Path From Middle-Level to Senior Positions in Higher Education - Career Tools Article, July 2013
    by Kelly A. Cherwin
    You're in a mid-level position with dreams of moving up. How do you make your dreams a reality? And, on the flip-side, if you're already a senior manager, how can you help your employees move up the ladder? At the recent ACUHO-I conference in Minneapolis, a panel discussion focused on moving from a mid-level position in residence life/housing to chief housing officer. Even if you don't work in residence life or academic affairs, the strategies and information presented can apply to many different positions in higher education.
  • Five Reflections for the Skyping Employer - Career Tools Article, February 2013
    by Matt Trainum
    There are few items as crucial to a successful organization as hiring the right people. The proper talent assembled around the table can make or break any effort. And organizations would be foolish not to deploy a range of helpful tactics in their efforts to bring on the best people possible. Hence the increasing prevalence of video-call interviews (i.e., Skype interviews) for everything from interns to vice presidents.
  • A Student Veteran's Partnership for Perseverance - Career Tools Article, December 2012
    by Justin Zackal
    The feedback from last month's HigherEd Careers Interview, "Compound to Campus: Transitioning from Military to Academia," struck a chord with many, especially those who work with student veterans at college and universities. But one response in particular is worth sharing. And it's from none other than the subject of the interview, retired Lt. Col. C Andrew Griffin, who is the director of military and veterans affairs at Northern Arizona University.
  • Which Range Do You Want to Call Home? - Career Tools Article, December 2012
    by Peter Weddle
    Recent research from the National Employment Law Project contained a sobering finding. A majority of the jobs lost in the last recession were in the middle range of wages, while most of the new jobs added in the recovery have been in the lower range. This situation seems unlikely to change for the foreseeable future. It is your new normal, which means you have to ask yourself, "Which range do you want to call home?"
  • Don't Look for a Job, Look for Respect - Career Tools Article, November 2012
    by Peter Weddle
    These days, job seekers face not one but two equally difficult challenges. Not only do they have to find a decent job, but they have to find a decent employer, as well. A decent job may remove them from the ranks of the unemployed, but only a decent employer can ensure they stay there.
  • Healthcare Costs for Higher Ed Employees are Increasing at a Lower Rate - Career Tools Article, August 2012
    by Justin Zackal
    Rising costs of higher education and healthcare are critical issues, especially during this presidential election year. These topics intersect as they pertain to the healthcare benefits received by employees at colleges and universities. So how exactly are higher education professionals faring?
  • Is the World Smaller? The Need for International Education - HigherEd Careers Interview, July 2012   
    by Andrew Hibel
    Many can argue that a global experience strengthens an education. Through international education, students can grow personally and professionally by learning to appreciate and embrace differences while exploring key professional components of their field. Read more on this topic in this month's HigherEd Careers Interview.
  • Death to Educational Tax Incentives? - Career Tools Article, June 2012
    by Rachel Fishman
    By 2018, nearly two-thirds of American jobs will require a postsecondary credential. While our economic success as a nation depends on getting millions more people to and through college, college has never been so expensive. As prices go up and state support dwindles, students are forced to bear a larger share of college costs. Instead of shoring up the resources meant to help low-income students, the federal government is pouring more money into financial aid programs that disproportionately help middle- and upper-income students who would have gone to college anyway.
  • Culture Change for Learning - Author In Residence, May 2012
    by Richard P. Keeling and Richard H. Hersh
    Today's crisis in the quality of learning in higher education is fundamentally a problem in culture: the lack of strength in -- and in too many cases, the complete absence of -- a serious culture of teaching and learning on campus.
  • Job Search Outside the Box - Career Tools Article, March 2012
    by Peter Weddle
    New research to be published shortly in Psychological Science reveals that the connection between our minds and bodies is much stronger than previously known. The best way to be more creative in a job search, therefore, is to behave the way we want to think.