5 Easy Things To Do Before Your Interview

5 Easy Things To Do Before Your Interview

Everybody knows that interviewing for a graduate or post-graduate position involves prep work. You want to be sure to effectively communicate that you are a polished, serious candidate. In addition to preparing your answers to expected questions, you may need to practice a job talk, teaching demonstration, or give an informal summary of your previous work. However, you can make that work a little easier by following these simple tips. For all you academic job hunters, also check out this article on the cardinal sins of interviewing.

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Looking for Jobs in Graduate School

Looking for Jobs in Graduate School

Wherever you are in your grad school process, it can be nerve-wracking to think of future plans.

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Should You Stay Or Should You Go? Academia vs. Real World

Should You Stay Or Should You Go? Academia vs. Real World

Making the decision to either stay in academia or venture out into the real world is a big one, to say the least. 

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Should You Connect with Students on Social Media?

Should You Connect with Students on Social Media?

If you are going to retweet, friend, follow, or otherwise connect with your students on social media, make an informed decision about this one ethical boundary in which many institutions provide little guidance.

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Should Grad Students Care About Course Evaluations?

Should Grad Students Care About Course Evaluations?

If you’re even remotely considering going into academia, you will need to gain as much teaching experience as you can. Part of teaching is the dreaded course evaluations. Whether you are teaching a solo class or are simply a teaching assistant, should you care about course evaluations?

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3 Ways to Impress at Career Fairs

3 Ways to Impress at Career Fairs

If you look around, many job hunting opportunities are available to us now, including university-sponsored career fairs and job fairs in the community.  Unfortunately for most, career fairs cause anxiety because of the amount of people who attend or because of the pressure people put on themselves to impress employers.  Here are some thoughts to keep in mind while attending career fairs.

Types of Career Fairs

Be mindful of the type of career fairs you attend, whether they are on college campuses or in large cities.  Campus-sponsored events host company recruiters who specifically look for college students needing a part-time internship during school or a job after graduation.  These fairs are great to practice meeting professionals and learning how to talk with them about the field.  On a larger scale, major cities host career fairs when many companies’ recruiters are looking for recent graduates or professionals in the field.  Recruiters at these fairs are usually looking for employees with more field experience, so they can be competitive and difficult to navigate.  Read over this article from collegegrad.com to learn how to deal with the different kinds of career fairs out there.

Prior Preparation

Try to go to career fairs early to get your feet wet and practice talking with employers.  Attending career fairs and networking early will make you more comfortable with more important fairs later.  When you’re seriously looking for a job or internship, begin preparing for career fairs early by actively researching when they will be.  There will usually be a list of companies from your university that will be represented at the fair, so read through the list and decide which companies you want to focus on.  Then, work on your resume and talk with on-campus advisors and career counselors about the fair.  To get more advice about career fairs and how to prepare for them, read through Mike Profita’s article on about.com.

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Customer Service Model in Higher Education: What You Should Know

Customer Service Model in Higher Education: What You Should Know

As a grad student, I often joked with people about how we must cater to the needs of undergrads. Their parents were paying big bucks, and who would want their little snowflake to feel the pangs of disappointment? It wasn’t until my first year as an assistant professor that I heard the term “customer service” applied to students in a serious, non-satirical manner.

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