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  • Check out the TPE YouTube Channel for videos, webinars, and other resources to assist candidates in the job search and career development process! Past webinars from this fall can be found on the YouTube page including:

    Job Search 101
    Resume 101
    Navigating TPE on a Budget
    Candidate Orientation
    Navigating TPE with a Marginalized Identity

  • JumpStart the Job Search

    JumpStart the Job Search
    Audience: 2nd Year Graduate Students
    When: October 2020, Weekly (Thursdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm ET - October 8, 15, 22, 29)

    One of the most noticeable (and lingering) consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the impact on employment nationwide, particularly within Higher Education and Student Affairs. Given today’s landscape of hiring freezes and furloughs, redistributed workloads, and new job responsibilities as a response to COVID, the “how-tos” of the #SAGrad and #SAPro job search have changed. With fewer available jobs, graduate students and new professionals must look differently towards opportunities within Student Affairs, including searching for Higher Ed/Student Affairs adjacent roles.

    This 4-part series geared towards 2nd-year graduate students will provide a “jumpstart” to the job search process. Sessions will provide practical tips for job search readiness to help participants stand out among other candidates.  Come to one, come to all!  Topics, dates, and registration link in each event.

  • This session will give a general overview of the job search process, particularly in response to the current higher education employment landscape.  Participants will learn from current practioners int he field about current hiring trends in Student Affairs, with a focus on job search strategies for anyone planning on going through a job search in the upcoming year.

    This series, geared towards 2nd-year graduate students, will provide a “jumpstart” to the job search process. Sessions will provide practical tips for job search readiness to help participants stand out among other candidates.

  • This panel session will include a mix of recent candidates and employers to provide insight into different types of opportunities based on functional area, institution type, geographic locations, etc. and how and how to best navigate the job search for a particular interest area.  Hear from panelists who found positions in various types of roles, including those that differed from their graduate practicum.

    This series, geared towards 2nd-year graduate students, will provide a “jumpstart” to the job search process. Sessions will provide practical tips for job search readiness to help participants stand out among other candidates.

  • COVID-19 has completely altered job availability and job functionality within student affairs. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports over 300,000 fewer jobs within higher education as the result of the pandemic.  We are tired of using the words “pivot” and “unprecedented” to talk about our work.  As a collective profession of student affairs practitioners, we may work within one functional area, but many of us, especially at the mid-level, rely on our generalist practices to succeed. This TPE Story Short will feature a personal narrative looking at the silver lining of COVID, and how we must rely on our generalist experiences, skills, and approaches to both persevere and ensure job preservation. This 15-minute personal story will be followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.  The entire event is short, simply 30-minutes. Take a break, listen, learn, and connect with others.

    Featured Story Teller: Dr. LaFarin Meriwether, Associate Director for Residence Life at University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Target Audience: Mid-Level / Any

  • “So, tell me about yourself? How would you add value to this job? To the Department? Ito the nstitution?” This important session will help participants reflect on how they add value to positions and the profession, with practical strategies as to how to best articulate that value throughout the job search process. Often, strong candidates are unable to properly showcase their value, or explain how their experience would benefit the position to which they are applying.  This session will help job seekers think about what they need to do to stand out in all stages of their job search.

    This series, geared towards 2nd-year graduate students, will provide a “jumpstart” to the job search process. Sessions will provide practical tips for job search readiness to help participants stand out among other candidates.

  • Even in pre-COVID times, student affairs professionals (like other industries) were changing jobs more often than ever before. Gone are the days of moving up within one department for the majority of your career. More professionals are changing jobs - often in lateral moves - to take on new roles that better meet their personal and professional needs and goals. Yet, in an increasingly competitive job market (with decreasing availability of positions), many Student Affairs professionals are unsure how to change roles within the field.

    Listen to our featured story tell discuss how he learned the importance of following his passion, advocating his interests, and most importantly having confidence in his abilities to succeed.  His 15-minute personal story will be followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.  The entire event is short, simply 30-minutes. Take a break, listen, learn, and connect with others. 

    Featured Story Teller: Christian Rafael - Assistant Director of Staff Development, Engagement, and On-boarding in Housing and Residence Life at George Mason University

    Target Audience: Early and Mid-Level Candidates/Job Changers

  • A well-done job search is not unlike a well-done student/campus program. You wouldn’t implement a new initiative on campus without proper planning or including other people in the process. Yet, most people enter the job search and start applying without prior planning or making the right connections. It’s only October, but now is the time to start the job search planning process. This session will focus on the often-overlooked elements of the job search including: making connections to people (who, how, where, why?), strategies for researching positions and organizing a job search, reflecting on “for now” and longer-term goals, and creating an action plan around fill experience gaps over the next few months.

    This series geared towards 2nd-year graduate students will provide a “jumpstart” to the job search process. Sessions will provide practical tips for job search readiness to help participants stand out among other candidates.

  • Given the current difficult multiple realities of Fall 2020, managing from the middle is harder than ever before. Often pulled between advocating for your team, but also having to implement other leadership decisions, mid-managers have to switch back and forth between different ends of experience and power dynamics, while trying to simultaneously please two differing perspectives.  Being a middle manager is hard during a “precedented” year, but add in a global pandemic that resulted in smaller staffs, new and changing roles, and constant uncertainty, it’s really hard. It’s very difficult to stay self-motivated, yet alone manage an (unmotivated) team. And, it’s only September. Given resources - both financial and human - are on short supply, how do managers motivate staff members and leverage the capacity of their team?

    This 15-minute personal story about motivating teams will be followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.  The entire event is short, simply 30-minutes to take a break, learn, and connect with others. 

    Featured Story Teller: Christie Anglade, Director for Housing and Residential Education, Emerson College