Baby boomers are retiring in large numbers across any number of fields. What effect does this have on higher education?
As with any other business, higher education must be mindful of the future by anticipating when these retirements might happen and begin to prepare the next generation for these positions. Higher education institutions are constantly in the hiring season as they recruit the best and brightest into their fold.
What can you do to improve your chances of getting an offer? Try these easy steps:
Be prepared for the question, “Tell us a little bit about yourself.”
The good news is that you know this topic better than any other. The bad news is that this question often becomes a stumbling block for a number of great candidates. Don’t be afraid to practice your answer. Think of it as a 30-second elevator pitch on what makes you, well, you.
Research the institution to which you are applying.
Take the time to know their programs, their community impact, and their current mission and vision so that when you go into the interview, you have the knowledge to impress them.
Answer the question that is being asked.
If they ask you for three reasons, three examples or the names of the three little pigs, give them to the committee members. Remember, they can only write down what you say, and they will have to refer to these notes once you leave.
Be comfortable and honest.
You are not right for every position and every position is not right for you. If you don’t know an answer, tell them but let them know that you are eager to learn. Above all, don’t try to force a “fit” if it’s not right.
Have a vision.
Regardless of what position you hold at an institution, have a vision as to how you can do your job to the best of your ability.
When they ask if you have any questions, have some!
A great example of this was by a young man, who, when presented with the opportunity to ask questions, introduced an idea that he had not been able to work into his previous answers. He asked the follow-up question, “Does this type of activity fit into your vision for the college?”
So, go forth and get that job, develop that career and change the lives of the students on your campus. In education, we have the opportunity to impact the future each and every day.