Monthly Archives: February 2015

Is There a #CrisisInTheHumanities?

What do we mean by #crisisinthehumanities? Is it 50-75% instruction = contingent faculty?  Is it ballooning administrative costs combined with shrinking instructional budgets?  Is it defunding of public education by state legislatures? Louisiana, Wisconsin and Illinois have all been in … Continue reading

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Read Between the Lines and Connect the Dots for Employers. They Won’t Do It For You

The average job candidate writing a cover letter says: “I’ll tell all about me. They can read between the lines to see I’m the perfect fit.”  The candidate who gets an interview says: “My resume & cover letter shows explicitly … Continue reading

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Don’t Overlook Your Strengths: If You Are Bicultural, Use It To Land a Job!

Yesterday I traveled to Milwaukee to lead a workshop for Spanish students at Mount Mary University: “Interviews & Networking: How Do You Highlight Your Spanish Degree?“ As in any workshop, we talked about the importance of showing…illustrating…proving that you have … Continue reading

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Are Languages Relevant to Careers? Yes!!

Both the Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed recently published articles on the decline in university language enrollments. Literally in the same news cycle, Jeff Selingo’s Washington Post piece on college students failing to gain job skills before graduation came out. … Continue reading

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How Can You Deploy a “Less Is More” Approach to Your Career?

Most of the work I do for clients involves shortening: Getting a four-page resume onto one page. Getting a rambling three-minute answer to a job interview question down to a concise one-minute answer. Getting a 10,000-word article down to the … Continue reading

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Why Do Most Meetings and Presentations Stink? And How Can We Make Them Better?

The reasons that people hate meetings and presentations are often similar: they are boring, they don’t present new information, they run over time, people read out loud to you when you could read silently in a fraction of the time. … Continue reading

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