Career Articles

  • Is Your Online Rep Getting in the Way of Your Real Life Job? by Marta Segal Block
    Many individuals are starting to see the necessity of protecting one’s professional and personal online reputation. A recent survey found that marketing and advertising executives regularly look at candidates' online presence before offering a position, and often decide against hiring someone based on negative information found online.
  • Republicans Press Professors to Spend More Time Teaching by Todd Richmond, Associated Press
    Governor Scott Walker wants to make sure professors don't neglect the classroom. He has joined a national conservative push to get professors to do more teaching and less research. Provisions in Wisconsin's state budget proposal would reward faculty who spend more time in the classroom and make state aid to universities contingent on faculty instructional hours.
  • NCAA Basketball Coach Offers Lessons in Leading High-Performing Teams by Kathy Gurchiek, from
    Pam Borton, who coached the University of Minnesota women's team for 12 years and became the winningest head coach in the school's program history, is a global leadership consultant. She shares leadership lessons she learned during her 27 years of coaching.
  • Student Loan Defaults Rising, Study Finds by Sarah Skidmore Sell, AP Personal Finance Writer
    Student debt has risen along with the cost of education, which makes repayment difficult. A new analysis of government data by the Consumer Federation of America found that the number of Americans in default on their student loans jumped by nearly 17 percent last year.
  • Increased Pay but Fewer Perks for University Presidents by Winona Weindling
    Higher education administrators are seeing a higher level of take-home pay, but fewer perks according to a newly released College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) report.
  • Overcoming Reactive Behaviors When Responding to Employee Concerns by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    When confronted with employee concerns, some leaders react too quickly and often negatively. If leaders want to demonstrate true commitment to listening to and addressing employee concerns, they need to be sure they're responding appropriately.
  • Your Resume Should Tell a Story by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    Like a good Hollywood script, your resume should tell a story. A good movie has clearly identifiable characteristics. A curriculum vitae is designed to be the whole story, likely a TV mini-series or a movie with multiple sequels, and a resume is an abridged or adapted version of a larger body of work. In this case, that body of work is your career.
  • Leaving a Bad Job? Make it a Graceful Exit by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Are you considering leaving an awful job? There are many things you could do to show your boss, colleagues, or organization how much they will miss you and how poorly they’ve treated you. You're human, after all. But here's a bit of advice - make your exit graceful.
  • Navigating Organizational Change by George R. Boggs, Ph.D., Christine Johnson McPhail, Ph.D.
    As colleges develop new programs and strategies to serve students better, employment functions and roles will likely change, and these changes may open up new opportunities or create challenges for employees. For change to be successful, higher education leaders must be willing to challenge some of the organizational principles that have existed for generations.
  • Rape on Campus: Athletes, Status, and the Sexual Assault Crisis by Lisa Wade, from The Conversation
    Why does it seem that student-athletes are often at the center of sexual assault cases? Lisa Wade, a professor of Sociology, looks deeper into the culture of hookups on campus and how the involvement of high-profile athletes or other high-status students may hinder reporting.
  • Minorities Equitably Paid, but Underrepresented in Top Higher Education Positions by Winona Weindling
    According to data from a new College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) research brief, racial and ethnic minorities are paid equitably, but underrepresented in U.S. higher education leadership.
  • How Essentialism Can Help Your Job Search and Career by Justin Zackal
    “What do you really want out of your career over the next five years?” Few people can actually answer that question. Their answers might be too arbitrary or too vague. To explain what you want, and more importantly how to get it, you must define your purpose and identify what exactly is essential to achieving success.
  • How to Be Influential Without Being Labeled by Marta Segal Block
    How do you become influential while still being liked and respected by others? The key might just be spending a little less time focusing on yourself and instead look for ways to contribute. Being aware of your behavior in meetings may also provide opportunities to contribute.
  • Trump Signs Executive Order on Black Colleges by Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press
    Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at signaling his commitment to historically black colleges and universities, saying that those schools will be "an absolute priority for this White House."
  • The Curious Case of the “F-Word” by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Would you use the "F-word" when giving a presentation, delivering a speech, defending your dissertation, attending formal meetings, or in other public settings? Most likely not. If you would generally avoid using the word in more public settings where your professional standing and language matter, why use it freely in settings that are more relaxed or among colleagues?
  • Berkeley, Milo Yiannopoulos, and the Lessons of Free Speech by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman, from The Conversation
    Recent events at the University of California, Berkeley reflect the enormous difficulties that campuses can face when trying to ensure freedom of speech while, at the same time, meeting their duty to ensure an inclusive learning environment and to protect everyone’s safety.
  • Dealing with Curmudgeons, Naysayers, and other Difficult People by George R. Boggs, Ph.D., Christine Johnson McPhail, Ph.D.
    Careers in higher education are often enjoyable and fulfilling, but they aren't always pleasant. Those who have been involved in higher education long enough have witnessed poor treatment of students, malicious behavior among colleagues in department or committee meetings, lack of respect for classified support staff, hostility between administrators and faculty, and opposition to every new idea.
  • How Mentoring Can Impact Your Job Search and Career by Andrew Hibel
    Mentors are a crucial part of higher education professionals’ support systems. Mentors can provide support and advice to job seekers as well as to people settled in their careers. Dr. Gerald Kowalski and Dr. Anne E. Lombard share their thoughts on the value of mentorship, how to find and interact with mentors, and the role of mentors for professionals seeking work in student affairs.
  • Trump Administration Lifts Transgender Bathroom Guidance by Maria Danilova, Associated Press, Sadie Gurman, Associated Press
    Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate. The administration came down on the side of states' rights, lifting Obama-era federal guidelines that had been characterized by Republicans as an example of overreach.
  • Do Job Seekers Benefit from an Optimism Bias? by Justin Zackal
    Career goals tend to have longer lifespans than New Year's resolutions. We're more confident that we can perform in our chosen line of work. In fact, 90 percent of respondents to a poll by BusinessWeek were so optimistic, they believed they were in the top 10 percent of performers.
  • How to Achieve Greater Control Over the Trajectory of Your Career by Martin Yate, from
    Traditional career advice tells you to pay for an education, choose a career, work hard, be loyal, and make sacrifices. In return, you will be rewarded with job security, steady professional growth, and an increasing income. But that is no longer the reality of today's world of work.
  • Autistic Academics Give Their Thoughts on University Life by Margaret Prior, from The Conversation
    Colleges and universities are working hard to listen, understand, and meet the needs of autistic students, but the fact that those students can become academics appears to have gone unnoticed. Higher education needs to acknowledge that autistic academics have a lot to give - and with this needs to be an understanding that autistic academics might have different needs in the workplace
  • Is the Resume a Marketing Piece? by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    Long gone are the days that a resume was a brief, factual statement of one's past educational and employment experiences. It can be argued that the sole purpose of a resume is to get an interview. If this is indeed its purpose, then a resume—in part—should be designed to sway opinions and influence decisions.
  • Confronting Employee Performance and Misconduct Issues by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Confronting employees about their performance and misconduct requires firmness and finesse. A leader must be firm to make clear that an employee's performance or behavior is unacceptable and must change, while also using finesse to communicate in a way that retains respect for the integrity and dignity of the employee and avoids overreactions.
  • How to Work With an Executive Search Consultant by Suzanne Teer, Witt/Kieffer
    A primary part of an executive search consultant's job is to develop a pool of applicants that meet their client’s current leadership needs. Whether you are new to working with a search consultant or have some experience, these "dos" and "don'ts" will help you successfully engage with a search consultant throughout each stage of the process.
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