Posts about the job search – where to look for jobs, what to look for in a job ad, and what to look for to find out more about the job itself before you apply.
When you are job hunting, you are bombarded with so many decisions. Where to search, what job titles to search for, what geographical area to target, what you’re qualified for, what you want to do. It’s overwhelming.
And we all know that decision fatigue results in analysis paralysis. It’s real, folks. Analysis paralysis is an affliction that most academics suffer from, seeing as we’re smart and trained to follow every research lede, and analyze (ahem, overanalyze) everything.
So step back from job hunting. Have you broken this down into bite-sized chunks yet?
One of the gripes I hear most frequently from clients and colleagues is that there just aren’t any jobs right now. And, of course, what you mean when you say that is: I see jobs, but they just aren’t right. Or they’re perfect, but I’m not ready for that level yet.
Know that you are not alone. It takes patience. I just sorted through my own job alerts (yes, even career coaches are ever-looking!), and thought I’d share with you the 5 types of jobs in my alerts.
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.
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.
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.
Good news: I found a new job! Bad news: its pay is less than I make now!
This is the conundrum facing a client today and I’m sharing with her permission. She has been looking around for a new job in higher ed. After months of looking and applying and interviewing for a couple promising leads that didn’t pan out, she finally got an offer. Here’s what she says: