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It's the Community-College Life for Me

In what feels like another lifetime, I earned a B.A. in classics from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an M.Ed. in English education from Columbia University.
In what definitely feels like this lifetime, I taught at colleges and universities, urban high schools, TRIO programs, community-based family-learning centers, and prisons. ...




5 Things You Should Know if You Want to Work at a College

Academic leaders explore ideas for a living … when they aren't arguing about them. Susan Herbst, president of the University of Connecticut, tells how she makes the hot seat fun. 
 
The Campus Can Be a Career
 
When I was an undergrad studying political science and communications, one of my professors wanted me to go to law school. ...




The Truth About Tenure in Higher Education

You may well have heard about attacks on tenure and college faculty. After all, people write books and get quoted in the press grinding this ax. The argument is not hard to believe, either; we've all seen people in authority, private and public, who care more about protecting themselves than serving their customers. ...




Advice for Young Career Seekers

I was recently interviewed for a newsletter for the guidance and inspiration of youth. I love helping young people find their niche. When I was young I had several professionals who helped me refine my goals, and I believe very strongly that it’s important to pay it forward. ...




Top 15 Words to Include (and Avoid) in Your Resume

You don't have much time to make a good (or bad) impression with your resume. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 17% of surveyed hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less, on average, reviewing resumes. 68% spend less than two minutes. Thus, nearly every word you include in your resume can either help get you noticed or knock you out of contention. ...




5 Things You Must Bring on Your Next Interview

Interviewing is both daunting and nerve-wracking. Similar to a first date where you must make a good first impression or suffer the consequences of not getting asked out a second time, a job interview is a high-stakes courtship.
 
The more prepared you are, the more likely you'll tame that bundle of nerves and exude confidence. ...




Teaching Community College: Benefits and What to Expect

If you’re considering teaching in higher education, you might not immediately think of applying to a community college. It’s true that they’re not as prestigious as state or private institutions: your title is never going to have the same ring to it as if you were employed at Harvard. ...




Academic CVs: 10 irritating mistakes

Applications to academic jobs are notoriously convoluted, particularly to posts which combine teaching and research. Typically the CV will be one document among a groaning dossier that might well comprise a cover letter, a research statement, a teaching statement, sample courses or syllabi, and even (on occasion) a diversity statement. ...




12 Ways to Optimize Your Resume for Applicant Tracking Systems

You filled out the job application, updated your resume and clicked “Submit.” But as the days or weeks pass, you never receive a phone call or email from the employer. What happened?
 
Unbeknownst to many job seekers, a whopping 72% of resumes are never seen by human eyes. ...




The Pay's Not Always Great, but Academe Has Its Benefits

During the eight years Jessica Erb has worked at Southern New Hampshire University, her employer has offered up a feast of benefits that is probably every bit as valuable as her salary.
 
After starting as an administrative assistant at the university's Nashua satellite center, Ms. ...