Mock Phone Interview

The best way to prepare for an interview is by doing mock interviews. Phone interviews, in particular, can be the most awkward and stressful part of the application process. There are no social cues, body language or facial expressions to read. Then there’s the awkward talking-over-each other-because-we-don’t-have-the-aforementioned-cues thing happening. Don’t let the phone interview be... Continue Reading →

How to Prepare for Your First Higher Ed Interview

'Tis the season for all you soon-to-be M.Ed. grads to begin applying for jobs. And as someone who had to go through the arduous process of job applications and phone interviews not too long ago, I know how anxiety inducing the process can be. Since starting my current position, I've had the privilege of sitting on the other side of the table as a member of several search committees and the chair of another. As the interviewer, I've been a part of many a good interviews and some really terrible ones. So, as a former grad student and frequent interviewer, let me share some important tidbits with you to help you prepare for your first job interview. Read until the end to set up a mock phone interview with me to practice the skills described in this post.

You’re Not That Important – The importance of setting boundaries

A recent Facebook post reminded me of a pivotal moment during my time as a graduate assistant, earning my master's degree in higher education. I worked 20 hours in the dean's office, specifically helping students with disabilities get their proper accommodations. The work was draining, to say the least. A fellow classmate, who was completing her doc program, walked by. What started as a quick "hello", turned into a deep, half hour conversation about our work that ultimately culminated in her telling me this: You're not that important.

My Honest Reflection on 2019

We have reached the final moments of 2019 and I am in the midst of reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the next. 2019 was a rollercoaster of good experiences and not so good ones. I learned from them all and wouldn’t take back any of it. With the help of YearCompass... Continue Reading →

The Value of An Apology

As a woman, I have always had a very adversarial relationship with apologies. As a young girl I suffered, as most young girls do, from an inability to stop apologizing for everything. It got to the point that I felt the need to apologize for simply existing in the physical world. I remember all too... Continue Reading →

How to Write a Professional Email

Once you get to college, the primary method of communication with any college professional, from your advisor to your professor, will be done via email. Some might actually prefer you email them as opposed to coming by in person. Think of it as the college version of the why call when you can text movement! As such, it is important that you know how to properly communicate via email.

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