In June’s issue of “THE EXCHANGE” we discuss the importance of DEI in student affairs and its impact on recruiting and retention.
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Typically, when departments in Student Affairs are hiring, they take a more traditional approach. We are all familiar with the process, but is this the best approach?
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!
Check out this blog and valuable new resource created by ACUHO-I (one of our sponsor organizations). Job seekers should use this resource to think about how you articulate your value of your live-in experiences and leverage transferable skills. This is also a great resource for all employers - both within and outside of housing and residential life - as you look to efficiently and effectively build your teams and think through the skills and experiences that will bring value.
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.
New staff members are an important asset to your operation. There is no greater moment of possibility than when a candidate arrives at the doorstep, and it is our role as hiring managers to make it a memorable 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?