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Blog from the Job Hakr: Student Affairs Job Search

Blog from the Job Hakr: Student Affairs Job Search

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Geographic Job Search

The student affairs job search is a long one. On average it takes 119 days. That length can be especially challenging if you are on a specific and targeted search for functional or geographic area. There are many questions that arise with this specific kind of student affairs job search. But you can navigate the process successfully so long as you know what you want; compare locations; and address functional areas. This article will help entry level student affairs professionals conduct a geographic job search according to their functional area and professional needs.

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First Round Interview

Most job applicants will need to get through a first round interview. Sometimes that happens in person. But most of the time it happens over the phone or via a video through Zoom, Skype, Hangouts or any online platform. No matter the medium, doing well at the first round interview is key to progressing through the process and in the search.  That means that all job seekers, as well as entry level student affairs professionals, will need to adequately prepare for the first round interview. This article will help you determine two of the most common types of first round interviews; the logistical differences between them; participants involved n the process; and a summary of how to prepare for each step along the way.

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Your Greatest Weakness

If you’ve been on any interview in the past, then you know what it’s like to be  bombarded by a slew of questions. One of the most challenging ones being “tell me about your greatest weakness.” This can be a difficult question to answer for some. Yet for others, it’s been a question they’ve been practicing responses to for a while. But why do institutions, hiring managers, and search committees ask this question? More importantly how do you answer  the question “What is your greatest weakness?”

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Mentor Up

We’ve all been instructed to “find a mentor” in our student affairs career. But what does that involve? How do we do that? Is getting a mentor even a good idea? I’ve had a mentor for my entire student affairs career. His help has been invaluable. I highly suggest anyone in the field find, and regularly keep in touch with a mentor, for their own professional growth. But that often leads to the next question: How do I get a student affairs mentor?

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Work Life Balance

Work life balance is something that comes up often in student affairs work.  It’s hard to manage both the demands of the profession along with your personal needs. That is especially challenging when you’re a student affairs professional AND you’re on the job hunt. Managing to balance both your professional and personal life can be incredibly demanding. But here are some tips can that help you navigate both of them while conducting your student affairs job search.

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Did you nail the interview?

Many enter the student affairs interview not knowing if it’ll end in their favor. Though there are certain magical times when they do.  That’s when the interview feels less formal and more casual. It feels less like an interview and more like a conversation. In fact it feels like you are having a good time with some future new colleagues. That’s when you know your interview went well. Here are some great signs that you’ve nailed your student affairs interview.

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Should I take the offer?

If you’ve gotten to this part of the student affairs job search, then some congratulations are in order!  You are the top candidate! The institution wants to bring you on board! But sometimes that isn’t the news you want to hear. That’s because now you have to make a decision…

Do I take the offer or pass?

There are many things to consider when making your decision. An important thing to remember here is to pace yourself and review all of your options. This is a big step. This is the next stage of your career. That means that you owe it to yourself to take the time to make an informed decision.

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Job Search Consultants

Job search consultants are often misunderstood. Most candidates don’t know if they work for their institution, the candidates, or both. There is definitely an air of mystery around the field, especially when it comes to presenting both candidates and institutions in the best light. What exactly do job search consultants do? And is it practical (and ethical) to hire them?

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Coming Back to Student Affairs

How am I supposed to come back to student affairs after being away? It’s true, that you might have a gap in your employment history since you’ve left student affairs. Perhaps you took off time to start a family, pursue a different career path, or just wanted some time away. So how exactly do you re-enter the field of student affairs? There are certain steps you should take when you know that you’ll be away from the field for some time. Those include remaining connected, engaged, and informed. If you’re ready to return then you’ll need to make sure that your materials are ready to help re-launch your career.

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Getting the Edge: Student Affairs Informational Interviewing

Informational interviews are always about professional development. That could be for curiosity, networking, or perhaps new career prospects. That’s the beauty of informational interviews. They are what you want them to be. This is why informational interviews are the most flexible and underrated development tools in the student affairs professional’s tool box.

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How to network as an Introverted Student Affairs Professional

Being asked to network as an introverted student affairs professional can be challenging.  Especially if you are the kind of person that just wants to sit home and catch up on Netflix. As precariously balancing Introvert / Extrovert, I identify and empathize with you! Networking is definitely challenging if you just don’t feel like connecting with anyone. But meeting other people in the field and learning more about them is important. It’s just as important to share more about yourself for your own personal and professional development. Now let’s focus on 10 key areas to prioritize in order to successfully network as an introverted student affairs professional.

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“Does this institution fit me?” The Student Affairs Job Search Question

Many entry level student affairs professionals conduct their first major job search right when their graduate programs are ending. That can be a stressful time. They need to finish their courses, search for job postings, and then prepare for their first round and on-campus interviews.

But the one question that comes up time and time again for new professionals is: “does the institution fit me?” There are many who argue what fit is and how to affects individual professionals.  But when I get this question from my mentees, I point them to four major areas to look at when determining if an institution is the right fit for them.

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Before you Apply: Student Affairs Salary Negotiation

My advisees have often asked me this question WHILE they are negotiating. But they would be in a better position IF they had addressed these question both BEFORE and DURING their job search. There really is no time like the present to think about your negotiation strategy and how you plan on getting compensated. So let’s get started early. Here are some tips that I’ve shared with an innumerable number of mentees on student affairs salary negotiating strategies BEFORE they apply for the job.

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4 People to list as a Student Affairs Reference

It’s important to show your best self in the student affairs job search. That “self” comes across in various stages. It starts with your cover letter, continues with your resume, and eventually leads to your first round on campus interview. But how about when it comes to making a final decision about a candidate? Much of that decision depends on your references.

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