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message 1: by Ezra (new)

Ezra (sneezypb) | 1 comments I work for the University System of Georgia. It consists of 35 colleges and universities, over 270,000 students, and includes both the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ezra


message 2: by Lee (new)

Lee | 1 comments I've attended Ball State University in Indiana, and Carlow University in Pennsylvania. Hopefully I'll be teaching in either a public school or college in 2009 or 2010.


message 3: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (serenityflyer) Not currently employed at a college/university but I am working on my Master's Degree so that, hopefully, in the next year I will be working on a campus somewhere. I attended Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania for my undergraduate degree and am currently enrolled at Drexel University (online).


message 4: by Susan (new)

Susan (sbates) | 6 comments Ashley wrote: "Not currently employed at a college/university but I am working on my Master's Degree so that, hopefully, in the next year I will be working on a campus somewhere. I attended Susquehanna University..."

What do you want to do at a college? What are you studying in graduate school?


message 5: by Anna (new)

Anna (annayoung628) I am not currently employed professionally but am in the second year of my higher education and student affairs graduate program at the University of South Carolina. I am a graduate assistant in the Career Center and attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington for undergrad.


message 6: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (serenityflyer) Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Not currently employed at a college/university but I am working on my Master's Degree so that, hopefully, in the next year I will be working on a campus somewhere. I attended Susqueh..."

I actually graduated in September of last year, but I want to be involved in student affairs. Ideally, and no doubt eventually, having something to do with student activities and/or volunteer programs. I have been job hunting for any kind of entry-level position since I moved to Pittsburgh about a year ago but have been HUGELY unsuccessful. I haven't got even a whiff of a response from the probably close to 100 applications I've submitted.

Any hints/tips on positions to go for? Or how to boost my resume? I seem to be hitting a wall here because I have no experience since my undergraduate work. And even that was volunteer-based student work.


message 7: by Susan (new)

Susan (sbates) | 6 comments Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Not currently employed at a college/university but I am working on my Master's Degree so that, hopefully, in the next year I will be working on a campus somewhere. I at..."

I would suggest a few things. First, have you had your resume reviewed by your career services department? If not, do so. Competition is stiff, so you really need to your resume to jump out at them and yet look professional.

Second, have you been networking? Make sure you stay in touch with professors, internship contacts, and fellow students. You never know when they may know of something. Even if they don't know of something now, you never know. I've gotten 2 jobs in higher ed this way.

Third, volunteer work is OK. You can list that on your resume. Talk to your career services about how to really make it shine. Did you do an internship in your master's program? If so, highlight that on your resume.

Fourth, if you have the time, it would be a great idea to do some volunteer work at a college in the area that you are most interested in. It's more experience you can add to your resume and you will learn a lot. Even if you work during the day, there may be some students affairs or volunteer program work you can do on the weekends or evenings.

Fifth, there are two different strategies that you may want to consider. One is try to find a similar type of work that you might be able to do outside of higher ed, which eventually you would be able to bring the experience back with you to higher ed one day. For example, if you want to work with volunteer organizations, find a job at a nonprofit organizations (and do volunteer work on your own). A different idea is to find a job on a campus completely outside of your field but one you can get. It doesn't matter what it is - cafeteria work, housekeeping, anything. It gets you in the system. Many colleges open positions only to people who already work there. So, once you are in you will have a much easier time moving into something else.

I hope this helps. Good luck. I'd be curious to know your progress. Feel free to ask me more questions anytime.


message 8: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (serenityflyer) Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Not currently employed at a college/university but I am working on my Master's Degree so that, hopefully, in the next year I will be working on a campus ..."


Thanks, Susan! The advice is a huge help! I'm going to have to print it out and keep it on my mirror. I definitely have free time in the afternoon/evenings with my current job to do some volunteer work. My only question is how to get involved volunteer wise. I was involved with Alpha Phi Omega as an undergraduate and am still a member today, would getting involved with that on a local campus be a good way to get involved? Or should I go right to the office I want to be in and ask if they could use any volunteers? I feel like my small undergrad school didn't ask for outside volunteers, we relied on the staff and students we had so the thought of volunteering in an office seems foreign. I love the idea, just to get into the office, but I feel like I lose it in all of the other options.

I didn't have an internship with my Master's Program. Because it was online, they opted for a co-op project. Which I do put on my resume, but I feel it isn't as impressive as work on a campus. I'll start working with career services on my resume and see what I can turn up with APO since my schedule is a lot more settled now (a recent development.. as in the past 24 hours).



Thanks again for the advice, it has definitely given me something to think about and work on.


message 9: by Susan (new)

Susan (sbates) | 6 comments Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Not currently employed at a college/university but I am working on my Master's Degree so that, hopefully, in the next year I will be workin..."

Hey Ashley,

I was in Alpha Phi Omega too! I loved it.

I am really glad that you found what I said helpful! I hope you find something soon. I thought about you and have some more advice (below).

Volunteering with APO can be helpful. Everything helps. It is something that you can put on your resume and you might make some good contacts.

I do think though that you should contact the director of whatever type of office that you are most interested in and offer your services. Basically you'd be doing an internship, but for experience, not pay or credit. So, for example, if you want to work in student activities you could offer your time helping to plan activities, etc. Some places may say no, but one yes will turn into great experience and more to add to your resume. All of the people you talk to, including the ones who say no, are potential network contacts. They may remember you later when something comes up or even just remember your name if you happen to apply for a job in there area. If after talking with you and knowing how much you want this career, they see your resume for an opening, they will have a good impression. Be sure to act professionally with all interactions you have with staff. If you meet with them in person, dress like you would for an interview. You want them to remember you as a professional. You can even give out networking cards (like business cards but just about you and a few points about you and your skills).

Also, I don't know if I mentioned community colleges. It's not unusual for them to hire extra people for part-time, sometimes short-term projects when they need extra hands. Often these jobs are unadvertised. It's more word of mouth. So, it could be helpful to try to network with community college personnel.

Don't forget about for-profit schools, especially the small ones. Even if it isn't where you want to work later, it may just get you some experience. They sometimes less competitive as far as the job market and many of them are fairing better in this economy than not-for-profit schools.

Are you involved in a professional association? That's a great way to stay up in the field and to network. If you can go to any conferences, that can be great networking too -- and it can go on your resume too.

Do you have a LinkedIn account? If not, get one and join groups in your career field. There are often great discussions and networking opportunities within LinkedIn for free.

Good luck,
Susan


message 10: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (serenityflyer) Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Not currently employed at a college/university but I am working on my Master's Degree so that, hopefully, in the next year I..."

I actually live next door to a community college. They share the parking lot entrance with my apartment complex. It is a branch campus of the main community college, so I'm not sure what they'd have but I can definitely look into that. And I happened to run into the Regional Membership Chair for my Region of APO at my current job. Between him and my contacts from before I should have a good jumping off point for that at least.

I don't have a LinkedIn account, and I actually had to drop my membership to NASPA since I moved for financial reasons, but I am hoping to re-join after the new year.

I think that in this situation, I am just lucky to live in an area that within 20 miles of me there are a large number of schools (at least 10 private colleges and several community college campuses). Plenty of opportunity here, I just need to shine up my resume with some experience and get my name out there.


Thanks again! I will keep you posted with how things go!


message 11: by Susan (new)

Susan (sbates) | 6 comments Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Not currently employed at a college/university but I am working on my Master's Degree so that, hopefully, in t..."

Yes, I think that will help.

I would suggest getting a LinkedIn account. The basic account is free. Joining groups on LinkedIn is also free. I have joined LinkedIn groups for several organizations that I am not a member of. They have all accepted me, even the restricted groups. I think it could be good networking for you. Before you ask to join the groups, I would suggest updating your profile with your related degree so they know why you are wanting to join.

One word of caution, if you put your desire for a new job in LinkedIn then your current employer may see it and not be happy. If that is a concern, join the groups but be careful about what you say in open groups. (Some groups are closed so that only members can read your comments. However, many are open and can be seen by anyone who searches.)


message 12: by Susan (new)

Susan (sbates) | 6 comments Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Susan wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Not currently employed at a college/university but I am working on my Master's Degree so that, hopefully, in t..."

Ashley,

How is the job search going?

Susan


message 13: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (serenityflyer) It has been put on hold for a few months. The need to move jobs for me is less dire than that of my partner. We don't want us both to be between jobs. I'm working on getting some management experience at my current job and looking into volunteer opportunities for now.


message 14: by Susan (new)

Susan (sbates) | 6 comments That sounds like a good way to go. I would not give up your current job without a new job. Good luck.


message 15: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn Condenzio-Hall | 2 comments I'm currently an Adjunct at Daytona State College teaching Developmental Reading courses to incoming freshmen. I have my MS Ed. in Literacy and my BA in History. To help pay the bills, I also work for a virtual K-12 school teaching Social Studies and English. I'm looking for any and all teaching opportunities.


message 16: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn Condenzio-Hall | 2 comments As an update to my previous post, I am currently in the full time position of Learning Specialist at Daytona State College with the hopes of adjuncting in the Fall. I am also working on my Doctorate in Reading and Literacy Leadership at Walden University.


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