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1 Everything You Wanted To Know About Getting Hired For a Job Presented by: David S. Clurman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County MACUHO Annual Conference, 10.27.2011

2 First Things First O Introductions O About me O About you O What do you want to do? O What do you need to do to get there?

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4 Typical Titles in Housing/Residence Life O Apartment Manager O Area Coordinator O Area Director O Facilities Manager O Hall Director O House Advisor O Housefellow O Quad Director O Residence Hall Coordinator O Residence Hall Director O Residence Life Coordinator O Resident Director O Resident Life Specialist O Area Coordinator O Area Director O Assistant Dean O Assistant Director O Assistant to the Director O Associate Dean O Associate Director O Complex Coordinator O Complex Director O Director O Housing Coordinator Entry Level TitlesMid-Management Titles

5 Competencies - What are they? Entry-level O Supervision O Staff Selection O Crisis Management O Written Communication O Goal Setting O Evaluating Staff O Assessing Needs of Students/ Diversity O Developing Relationships with Peers O Managing Multiple Priorities O Oral Communication O Working with Change O Mission Implementation O Accountability O Accessibility/ Availability O Understanding “Political” Environment

6 O Supervision O Crisis Management O Written Communication O Evaluating Staff O Working with Change O Staff Selection O Understanding Political Environment O Managing Multiple Priorities O Recognizing Needs of Diverse Staff O Creating Vision O Assess Student Needs O Organizational Management O Accountability O Policy Development O Accessibility/ Availability O Customer Service Competencies - What are they? Mid-Management Level

7 Being an Entry-Level Staff Member: Obstacles to Overcome O Why are you doing the work you do? O You must find a job that you enjoy O Recent graduate?…still in “theory” mode? O Learn to how delegate O Learn about the finances O We know that our jobs are important O Dream of making those “important” decisions O Be prepared for the political environment O Fear of change O Money

8 Some Research What are some the best and worst things that you have seen a candidate do within a search process (cover letters, resumes, references, dress, etc.)?

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10 The Interview Process O Cover Letters O Resumes O References O Dress & Non-Verbal Behavior O Interviews O Food & Travel O Communication

11 The Interview Process Cover Letters O Customize them to the institution O Add something more than just repeating your resume O Match desired skills with yours O Form letters – don’t use them O Send as a PDF if possible

12 The Interview Process Resumes & References O Keep to 1-2 pages O Don’t embellish or lie O Have them reviewed by many people O Update at least once a year O List your current supervisor O Explain your relationship O Proofread and then do it again!

13 The Interview Process Dress & Non-Verbals O Professional dress O Better than business casual (no khakis, sweaters, boots, or non-dress shoes O For women – skirts that are too short O Don’t slump or lay back in a chair O Don’t appear too familiar, laid back, overly confident, bored, or disengaged O Don’t act like a comedian O Turn off your cell phone

14 The Interview Process Interviews O Prepare & incorporate experiences O Give specific examples O Answer questions completely O Bring a portfolio O Have institution-specific questions prepared O Name drop appropriately O It is often about fit

15 The Interview Process Food & Travel O Confirm address & directions O Provide plenty of travel time O Eat appropriately O No alcohol O Don’t overeat O Watch out for sauces O Ask about travel costs

16 The Interview Process Communication O Well-written Thank You notes O Provide timely response to e-mail and phone messages O Explain why you want that specific position O Ask important questions prior to an on- campus interview O For graduate positions – know about the graduate programs

17 Red Flags O Bashing your current or previous supervisor or institution O Asking no questions O Not doing research about position, department, or institution O Making things up O Focusing on salary, apartment, perks, etc. O Taking too long to answer a question O Not preparing references

18 Want That Next Position? Be Sure to… O Learn as much as you can about the various jobs O Be able to learn the job on your own O Make presentations O Own up to your mistakes O Learn how to effectively communicate O Make good first impressions O Read O Look for your next job O Share your accomplishments O Keep your resume up-to-date

19 RELI: Regional Entry-Level Institute O What is it? O An intensive two and a half day professional development seminar spotlighting activities for entry-level professionals who aspire to attain a mid- level position in housing or residential life. O When/Where… O Towson University O June 2012

20 Some Upcoming Conferences O MAPC – Reading, PAFeb 23-24 O OPE – Oshkosh, WI Mar 1-4 O TPE – Phoenix, AZ Mar 7-11 O NASPA – Phoenix, AZ Mar 10-14 O ACPA – Louisville, KY Mar 24-28 O NHTI – Athens, GAJun 12-16 O ACUHO-I – Anaheim, CA Jul 7-10

21 Conference Interviews O Know what you are looking for O Bring copies of resumes and references O Stay hydrated O Watch what you say and what you do O Pace yourself O Be strategic about scheduling interviews O Review materials that are given to you O Practice

22 Helpful Job Search Sites O Jobs.Studentaffairs.com O HigherEdJobs.com O Chronicle.com/Jobs O Academic360.com O Tedjob.com O Simplyhired.com O Others?

23 Questions?


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