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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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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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How to Answer “What do you do?” when you’re unemployed in Student Affairs

Sometimes when you’re in between jobs, currently looking, or about to graduate from your grad program it’s hard to answer the question “what do you do?” Of course this is easier when you’re in the company of friends or other student affairs professionals. These are colleagues that you can relate and emote with. However answering this question for those outside of higher education can be a bit challenging.

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How to Follow Up on your Student Affairs Job Application

Shotgun Theory: It’s the theory that I’ve relied on to get as many student affairs interview opportunities as I can. Shotgun Theory is: the more shots you take, the more likely you are to hit. But this isn’t the best, or only way, to approach the student affairs job search. Sometimes just making a meaningful follow up with the hiring manager or search committee chair is enough to get your candidacy re-started.

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