Sometimes Going Backwards is the Fastest Way to Move Forward

Often academics looking for work in a new field get immediately frustrated by one big factor: the salary. Why? Because since working in a new field often entails just getting a foot in the door, you may feel like you’re starting over, sometimes even at ground level. And you may be right.

But that can also be a short-term problem, so before you just cross something off your list solely on pay, there are 2 major things to consider.

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Four Ways to Apply Time Management To your Job Search

How many of you think: “It’s like a full-time job looking for a job!” Is everyone’s hand up? I know mine is. Time management can play a huge role when it comes to looking for work. To make time for your job search, you have to shift things around a bit, make room on your plate.

Hitting up the sites to find job listings, scanning each job ad, and then, of course, applying all take a lot of time. So here are my suggestions for how to manage your time to make room for your job search.

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Analysis of a Job Application: What to Do (and Not to Do) When Responding to a Job Ad

What exactly should you be thinking about when applying to a new job? Here’s 5 tips.

#1 – Don’t Judge a Position by Its Title

Any work place can suffer from having opaque – or just plain bad – job titles, but higher ed in particular. One place I’ve worked, everyone calls all job titles by a 3 letter acronym, and Academic Advisors are abbreviated….ASs. Seriously.

My point is, when you’re looking for a job, some job titles stand out more than others.

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Your Job is One Part of a Larger System

I work in Training (for my day job) and much of my work is really at its heart about change management – identifying the need for change, laying the groundwork for change, planning for change, communicating about change, and training people to implement the change. This requires a holistic perspective. Seeing how people, projects, workflow, and resources influence and affect one another. Seeing things as part of a system.

It makes me think about how you need to view your career as part of a system, too.

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Asking for a Job that Doesn’t Exist…Yet

Today’s topic comes from my inbox. The author’s question is about how to ask about a job opening that hasn’t yet been posted. Also known as: how do I write a cold cover letter (which in my mind should be read as “email.”)

I’ve anonymized some details at the author’s request, but here’s the gist.

“I have been at my job for more than 5 years, so I’ve gotten to know my university pretty well. I am decently happy where I’m at, but there is one college that, if they EVER had an opening in the right role, I would jump at. The person who’s in that role has been there for more than 10 years. Or, I should say WAS there for more than 10 years. I learned in the fall that she had resigned. I was sad that she’d gone – I really liked and respect her – but their loss could be my gain.

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