If you want to move up in higher ed. administration in a year or two, start preparing right now. If you do the following five things, you will be extraordinarily well positioned to get your dream job, so let’s get started.
You felt it was time for a new job. You applied for a higher level position in administration and were offered the position. Congratulations! It is celebration time but instead of feeling happy and confident, you feel intimidated.
Qualities in excess tend to create problems, concerns about other people’s opinions can lead you in the wrong direction, and adapting your behavior to influence people’s perception of you makes you look dishonest.
Back when you went to your very first interview, you felt excited and confident. But now, at this point in your search, you feel discouraged and almost hopeless. Your mind is going crazy trying to understand what the problem is. You look for something to blame.
Let’s face it, the hardest part of job hunting in higher ed admin isn’t writing tedious cover letters, choosing what suit to wear, answering interview questions, or even giving your best performance at a forum. The hardest part is the emotional roller coaster.
Cover letters that repeat what is on your resume and list facts without explaining why they matter and what the implications are, completely miss their purpose. Your letter is an opportunity to show not only experience and accomplishments but also your leadership style, your core values, and what the institution could expect if they hired you.
Here are some ideas I wish every person seeking a leadership position in higher ed administration would consider before applying. 1. Don’t follow general job hunting advice. Most job hunting advice is written for students entering the workforce and adults in the private sector.
When a door closes, we suddenly find ourselves without something that we need, which creates a void and urgency to fill that void. Being passive and avoiding seeing the truth is no longer an option. Finding a new door becomes time sensitive and cannot be pushed back to someday… Don't wait for that moment. Knock on new doors now.
Is it time? Is it too soon? Find out if you are ready for a promotion and discover why now is (or isn't) the time to apply for a different position. Examine your desires and hesitations to be able to make a commitment to yourself and get the position you want and deserve.
If you are looking to get a new job, it is critical to work on your self-confidence even before you start updating your resume. Your confidence level will determine how you present yourself, what jobs you choose to apply for, as well as how impressive or compelling your application will be.
Most ambitious professionals see a gap between what they really want to do with their career and what they think they deserve. It often stems from a little voice telling them they are not good enough to get the job and/or not worthy to receive the rewards. Don't get in the way of getting your dream job. Here is how: