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Welcome!

Please write down:

  • Any job search advice you would like to share…

  • Questions you would like to have addressed…

How to conduct an advising job search


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How to Conduct an Advising Job Search

Alison K. Hoff, Academic Advisor

Jill Parker, Director of Career Services

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)

NACADA National Conference, Chicago, 2008


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Agenda

  • A bit about us

  • Where to start?

    • Self-Assessment

  • Plan of Attack:

    • Document Preparation

    • The Search

    • Networking

    • Interviewing

    • Considering an Offer

  • References and Resources


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A bit about us...

  • Alison Hoff, M.A.

    • Academic Advisor

    • Chair of the NACADA Member Career Services Committee

    • Experienced Search Chair for advising and career positions

  • Jill Parker, M.S., Ed.S., NCC

    • Director of Career Services

    • Career Counselor


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Where to start?

  • Self-Assessment

  • Document Preparation

  • The Search


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Self-Assessment

  • Write down what you NEED (deal breaker) and what you WANT...

    • New challenges?

    • Offerings in doctoral studies? (discounted rate?)

    • Supervisory position with more responsibility?

    • Establish a new program?

    • Work with __________ students?

    • Type of institution?

    • Others? (e.g., salary? location?)


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Document Preparation

  • Documents to have prepared

    • Resume

    • Cover letter

    • Handwritten thank-you cards (Or typed letters, depending on legibility)

    • References: 3-5 (professional and academic)


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The Resume

  • A resume is a 2D version of you, and it needs to summarize who you are and what you can do.

  • The goal of a resume is to get you an interview, not a job.

  • Develop one all-inclusive version, cut and paste as needed

  • The 20-second rule

  • View samples on the NACADA Member Career Services website

    • Have professionals and mentors review your resume.


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The Resume, continued

  • A resume needs to be:

    • Accurate and professional

    • Targeted toward a specific position in a specific department at a specific institution

    • Error-free; have several people look it over before sending it out

    • Simple and organized; full of action verbs

    • Quantitative: How many students do you advise? How many students attended the event? Include numbers and results.


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The Resume, continued

  • Parts of a Resume

    • Identification information

    • Career objective: be specific for one job and general for a posting online.

      • Summary statement is optional

    • Qualifications

      • Education (and where to list it)

      • Experience or employment history (related and unrelated)

      • Activities, presentations, and leadership roles

      • Honors/awards

      • Relevant coursework

      • National, regional, and state professional association memberships and related conference involvement


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The Resume, continued

  • References

    • Letters or contact information?

    • Requested with resume?

    • Ask first!

    • Update and notify– send copy of your resume to them and include specific position descriptions for which you have applied

      • Communicate your career goal– it can lead to valuable opportunities through networking.


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The Resume, continued

  • Two types

    • Chronological

    • Combination

  • Discuss these topics, too!

    • Retention

    • First Year Experience/ Living Learning Communities

    • Student learning outcomes

    • Assessment

    • Experience working with faculty

    • FERPA

    • Technology experience related to position

      • Banner, PeopleSoft, AdvisorTrac, DARS, etc.


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Plan of Attack: The Search

  • Do research on schools that have what you need/want.

    • NACADA offerings

      • Networking (national, regional, state conferences sessions, committees, lunch, sessions, etc.)

      • Postings online at: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu and click on position announcements

      • Postings at the conference booth

      • Salary survey online


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Plan of Attack: The Search, cont.

  • Online Resources (Bookmark all websites)

    • www.academic360.com (links directly to HR web sites)

    • www.academiccareers.com

    • Student Affairs .com

    • Higher Ed Jobs .com

    • www.chronicle.com

    • Facebook

    • University HR web sites

    • NACADA online postings

    • Other higher education professional associations (NASPA, ACPA, regional professional associations)


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Plan of Attack: Networking

  • NACADA conferences (regional, state, national, summer institute, etc.)

  • Other professional association conferences

  • Within the institution at which you currently work (e.g., on a personal or committee level)

  • Community involvement

  • Through Master’s/PhD classes

  • Facebook, LinkedIn

  • Internships/volunteering at another institution


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Plan of Attack: Interviewing

  • Questions to ask your potential employer

    • Retention rate

    • Advisor-student ratio

    • Strategic plan of office and institution

    • Budget growth or cuts

    • Campus committee involvement level

    • Decision-making level

    • Professional development (funds and opportunities)

    • Student or academic affairs– relationship between


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Plan of Attack: Interviewing, cont.

  • Do you need to give a presentation?

    • Choosing a topic wisely

    • Using the logo and mission statement

  • The Little Things Matter

    • Treats?

  • Will you be reimbursed for travel expenses?

  • Take an extra day to see the area if relocating

  • Be prepared for a day-long interview, if not longer


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Considering An Offer

  • How much time is appropriate to ask for in considering an offer?

  • Relocation funds**

  • Request to discuss healthcare plans and insurance with HR rep

  • Consider additional expenses (e.g., parking, commuting, and car insurance)

  • Cost of living

    • www.homefair.com and www.bestplaces.net


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Final Thoughts

  • Visit the conference Member Career Services booth to post openings, or to view postings and submit a resume

  • Suggestions even if you aren’t job searching:

    • Start an accomplishments folder

    • Update your resume now

    • Seek professional development inside/outside your field

    • Stay current in your field, read journals, monitor current trends, etc.


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Final Thoughts, continued

More suggestions even if you aren’t job searching:

  • Find a mentor

  • Always be thinking about your next job

    • Offer to:

      • Help teach a class

      • Present at a local, state, or national conference

      • Take on new projects

      • Join listservs and new committees

      • Start an accomplishments folder.


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References and Resources

ACPA (College Student Educators International)

http://www.myacpa.org/car/car_index.cfm

Chronicle Website

www.chronicle.com/search/jobs/

Academic Careers

www.academiccareers.com

IPFW Career Guide

www.ipfw.edu/career/assets/_files/ACCSCAEERGUIDE07.pdf

Higher Ed Jobs .com

www.higheredjobs.com

NACADA Website

www.nacada.ksu.edu

NASPA (National Association of Student Affairs Administrators)

www.naspa.org/conference/career/index.cfm

Student Affairs .com

http://jobs.studentaffairs.com/#search


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Thanks! And good luck!

  • Feel free to email us with any further questions…

    • Alison K. Hoff: [email protected]

    • Jill Parker: [email protected]


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