What can you do to enhance your chances for success when applying for higher education jobs? Read through the posting for the position and identify the most important characteristics for which the college is looking. Write your cover letter to show exactly how you match the stated needs of the job. For example:
As hard as it may be for candidates to remember, it is more important to show how YOU, the candidate, can match the needs of the university than to show how the university can meet your needs. Keeping this in mind, when you are given the opportunity during an interview to ask questions, ask lots of them, and ask questions that show that you are interested in the job and that you already have a handle on how to, well, handle the job. For example:
Remember, the goal is to show what you can do for the organization. Craft your responses toward that goal, and you will have success in your search for college employment.
Dindy Robinson is Director of Compensation at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.
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