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Everything You Wanted To Know About Getting Hired For a Job. Presented by: David S. Clurman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County MACUHO Annual Conference, 10.27.2011. First Things First. Introductions About me About you What do you want to do?

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Everything you wanted to know about getting hired for a job

Everything You Wanted To Know About Getting Hired For a Job

Presented by:

David S. Clurman,

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

MACUHO Annual Conference, 10.27.2011


First things first
First Things First

  • Introductions

    • About me

    • About you

      • What do you want to do?

      • What do you need to do to get there?


Typical titles in housing residence life
Typical Titles in Housing/Residence Life

Entry Level Titles

Mid-Management Titles

  • Apartment Manager

  • Area Coordinator

  • Area Director

  • Facilities Manager

  • Hall Director

  • House Advisor

  • Housefellow

  • Quad Director

  • Residence Hall Coordinator

  • Residence Hall Director

  • Residence Life Coordinator

  • Resident Director

  • Resident Life Specialist

  • Area Coordinator

  • Area Director

  • Assistant Dean

  • Assistant Director

  • Assistant to the Director

  • Associate Dean

  • Associate Director

  • Complex Coordinator

  • Complex Director

  • Director

  • Housing Coordinator


Competencies what are they entry level
Competencies - What are they?Entry-level

  • Supervision

  • Staff Selection

  • Crisis Management

  • Written Communication

  • Goal Setting

  • Evaluating Staff

  • Assessing Needs of Students/ Diversity

  • Developing Relationships with Peers

  • Managing Multiple Priorities

  • Oral Communication

  • Working with Change

  • Mission Implementation

  • Accountability

  • Accessibility/ Availability

  • Understanding “Political” Environment


Competencies - What are they?Mid-Management Level

  • Recognizing Needs of Diverse Staff

  • Creating Vision

  • Assess Student Needs

  • Organizational Management

  • Accountability

  • Policy Development

  • Accessibility/ Availability

  • Customer Service

  • Supervision

  • Crisis Management

  • Written Communication

  • Evaluating Staff

  • Working with Change

  • Staff Selection

  • Understanding Political Environment

  • Managing Multiple Priorities


Being an entry level staff member obstacles to overcome
Being an Entry-Level Staff Member: Obstacles to Overcome

  • Why are you doing the work you do?

  • You must find a job that you enjoy

  • Recent graduate?…still in “theory” mode?

  • Learn to how delegate

  • Learn about the finances

  • We know that our jobs are important

  • Dream of making those “important” decisions

  • Be prepared for the political environment

  • Fear of change

  • Money


Some research
Some Research

What are some the best and worst things that you have seen a candidate do within a search process (cover letters, resumes, references, dress, etc.)?


The interview process
The Interview Process

  • Cover Letters

  • Resumes

  • References

  • Dress & Non-Verbal Behavior

  • Interviews

  • Food & Travel

  • Communication


The interview process cover letters
The Interview ProcessCover Letters

  • Customize them to the institution

  • Add something more than just repeating your resume

  • Match desired skills with yours

  • Form letters – don’t use them

  • Send as a PDF if possible


The interview process resumes references
The Interview ProcessResumes & References

  • Keep to 1-2 pages

  • Don’t embellish or lie

  • Have them reviewed by many people

  • Update at least once a year

  • List your current supervisor

  • Explain your relationship

  • Proofread and then do it again!


The interview process dress non verbals
The Interview ProcessDress & Non-Verbals

  • Professional dress

    • Better than business casual (no khakis, sweaters, boots, or non-dress shoes

    • For women – skirts that are too short

  • Don’t slump or lay back in a chair

  • Don’t appear too familiar, laid back, overly confident, bored, or disengaged

  • Don’t act like a comedian

  • Turn off your cell phone


The interview process interviews
The Interview ProcessInterviews

  • Prepare & incorporate experiences

  • Give specific examples

  • Answer questions completely

  • Bring a portfolio

  • Have institution-specific questions prepared

  • Name drop appropriately

  • It is often about fit


The interview process food travel
The Interview ProcessFood & Travel

  • Confirm address & directions

  • Provide plenty of travel time

  • Eat appropriately

    • No alcohol

    • Don’t overeat

    • Watch out for sauces

  • Ask about travel costs


The interview process communication
The Interview ProcessCommunication

  • Well-written Thank You notes

  • Provide timely response to e-mail and phone messages

  • Explain why you want that specific position

  • Ask important questions prior to an on-campus interview

  • For graduate positions – know about the graduate programs


Red flags
Red Flags

  • Bashing your current or previous supervisor or institution

  • Asking no questions

  • Not doing research about position, department, or institution

  • Making things up

  • Focusing on salary, apartment, perks, etc.

  • Taking too long to answer a question

  • Not preparing references


Want that next position be sure to
Want That Next Position? Be Sure to…

  • Learn as much as you can about the various jobs

  • Be able to learn the job on your own

  • Make presentations

  • Own up to your mistakes

  • Learn how to effectively communicate

  • Make good first impressions

  • Read

  • Look for your next job

  • Share your accomplishments

  • Keep your resume up-to-date


Reli regional entry level institute
RELI: Regional Entry-Level Institute

  • What is it?

    • An intensive two and a half day professional development seminar spotlighting activities for entry-level professionals who aspire to attain a mid-level position in housing or residential life.

  • When/Where…

    • Towson University

    • June 2012


Some upcoming conferences
Some Upcoming Conferences

  • MAPC – Reading, PA Feb 23-24

  • OPE – Oshkosh, WI Mar 1-4

  • TPE – Phoenix, AZ Mar 7-11

  • NASPA – Phoenix, AZ Mar 10-14

  • ACPA – Louisville, KY Mar 24-28

  • NHTI – Athens, GA Jun 12-16

  • ACUHO-I – Anaheim, CA Jul 7-10


Conference interviews
Conference Interviews

  • Know what you are looking for

  • Bring copies of resumes and references

  • Stay hydrated

  • Watch what you say and what you do

  • Pace yourself

  • Be strategic about scheduling interviews

  • Review materials that are given to you

  • Practice


Helpful job search sites
Helpful Job Search Sites

  • Jobs.Studentaffairs.com

  • HigherEdJobs.com

  • Chronicle.com/Jobs

  • Academic360.com

  • Tedjob.com

  • Simplyhired.com

  • Others?



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