TPE Blog

Read about the latest advice and information in career placement.

  • A Statement from TPE Leadership

    Like our sponsoring organizations, ACUHO-I and NASPA, TPE shares the heartbreak and outrage felt by our student affairs colleagues as we all mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black people killed because of racism and hate. We acknowledge that these tragedies reflect long-standing racial injustice within our nation. We also recognize that our Black colleagues are exhausted and scared, and need space to grieve. Finally, we know that privilege and oppression exist everywhere - in our communities, on our campuses, and amongst our profession.

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  • “Starting a New Job Amidst a Global Pandemic: Tips for Training/Working Remotely”

    Like many of you will probably soon be doing, I recently started a new position in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. While I was so excited to start working in a new office and to continue my work in higher education, I was faced with a lot of anxiety and uncertainty of what this new experience would be like knowing that many colleges and universities across the country are functioning “off the grid” and almost completely remotely. In my first two weeks, I have learned so much and wanted to share some personal suggestions and advice as you prepare for a unique start to your professional careers in Student Affairs!


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  • “…or related field”: A perspective on the next several years in the job market

    ​Job seekers today, especially our graduating grad students, are searching in an unprecedented time. Higher Education institutions and student affairs divisions are reimagining how to continue to serve students and staff-up appropriately during both a global pandemic and time of financial uncertainty. With so many hiring freezes, the availability of open positions is far less than what any of us could have anticipated a few months ago. Justin Reynolds, Director of Research Initiatives at ACUHO-I (and former senior economics research analysts) reflects on his job search during the last economic recession offering wisdom, practical advice, and encouragement to current job seekers.


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  • Crafting the Interview Experience

    If you want to attract the best candidates, it’s important to approach the on campus interview not as a process, or dare I say test of endurance, but as an experience designed to make candidates feel excited about the possibility of working for your institution. How do we approach crafting a top-notch interview experience?


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  • Find the ONE by Focusing on the Intangibles

    There is no problem in having a list of non-negotiables, but make sure your list is backed with direct reasoning. I would argue that a list of intangible non-negotiables are more important than a list including location and job description.


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  • Engaging and Guiding Candidates

    TPE Executive in Residence Post: TPE is for everyone and we have responsibilities as employers. I have attended TPE as a candidate twice and as an employer a number of times and each experience was incredibly different. The most important thing for me is that we all need to be present at TPE when we have opportunities available on our campuses. No matter what types of positions you have, every entry-level role has a place at TPE. The future of our field is in those waiting rooms and we can offer them more than just jobs.


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  • Tips for Recruiting at TPE

    TPE Executive in Residence Post: When seeking the ideal candidates to fill open professional staff positions, there are many considerations that should go into a well-planned search. A search at TPE provides unique opportunities and challenges for an employer just as it does for a candidate.


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