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Title: Charting Your Career Path:


1
Charting Your Career Path Defining Leadership
and Negotiating Advancement for Financial Aid
Professionals NYSFAAA Conference November 7, 2006
2
What Well Cover
  • Goal Setting
  • Self-Assessment
  • The Six Skills Common to Leaders
  • Cover Letters, Resumes, Interviews, References
  • Working with a Search Committee
  • Negotiating
  • Your Questions!

3
Why Set Goals?
  • To develop expectations
  • To learn a vital skill
  • To improve direction, focus efficiency

4
Know Thyself!
  • Self-Assessment
  • Peer/Colleague Evaluation
  • A Professional Plan
  • Ongoing Review

5
Self-Assessment Form
6
You Can Get There From Here!
  • Youll Need...6 Skills Common to Leaders
  • Strategic, Visionary Orientation
  • Fiscal Planning Skills
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Political/Marketing skills
  • Time Management Skills

7
Peer/Colleague Evaluation
  • Identify 2-3 respected colleagues to offer candid
    and honest feedback
  • Gain additional viewpoints on your skills
  • Check your own instincts - - are the skills you
    rate most highly uniformly well received
  • Are there areas of ability that need attention or
    pointing up

8
Professional Plan
  • Focus on improving one area at a time
  • Be honest - - did you place an asterisk next to a
    skill youre still a little anxious about?
  • Ensure your plan is concrete and has deadlines
  • Review Regularly

9
Job Search Strategies
  • Again, know thyself!
  • Concentric circles (homosocial reproduction)

10
FA Assistant Director
Associate Director
Director
Dean
11
Financial Aid
Student Services
Enrollment Management
VP (all EM SS)
12
1,000 private, lib arts, BA/BS
8,000 regional, public, MA
15,000 private, research, PhD
40,000 land grant
13
Job Search Strategies
  • Consider the competition
  • A sensible (not necessarily linear) path
  • Nominations
  • Understanding the search committee

14
Cover Letter Tips
  • Four Basic Paragraphs
  • State the purpose
  • Summarize skills and knowledge area highlight
    accomplishments
  • Briefly state what you know about the
    institution/position youre applying for
  • State why you are a good match for the
    institution/position
  • Speak to the position announcement
  • Speak to special circumstances
  • Personalize it!

15
Resume Tips
  • Remember the Goal
  • The Concept of Real Estate
  • Chronological vs. Functional
  • Briefly Describe Your Institution
  • Responsibilities vs. Accomplishments
  • Quantify, Quantify, Quantify!
  • Be selective (but note this!)

16
Interview Tips
  • Preparation, Preparation, Preparation!
  • Examples Measurable and Tangible (Behavioral
    Interviewing)
  • Three Reasons Why You Want Them
  • Three Reasons Why They Want You
  • Three Good Questions
  • Send a Thank You Note
  • Fit / Match

17
Reference Tips
  • Never Underestimate the Importance
  • Talk to Your References!
  • Talk to Your References Again!!
  • The Issue of Background Checks

18
Search Committees
  • Who are these people?
  • Whats their charge?
  • Who is/are the final decision maker(s)?

19
Background Checks
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Know Your Rights
  • Tricky Situations

20
Negotiating
  • Things to consider
  • Contract options
  • Salary data
  • Benefits
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Quality of Life

21
So You Have an Offer!
  • Make them state the range first
  • If forced, give a WIDE range
  • Counteroffer!
  • Silent treatment tactic
  • Salary plus perks tactic

22
Networking
  • Realistic expectations
  • Getting known and for what?
  • Things in common exercise
  • Tips for working a conference

23
Valerie SzymkowiczSenior AssociateThe Spelman
Johnson Groupwww.spelmanandjohnson.com
  • Office 193 Northampton Street
  • Easthampton, MA 01027
  • 413.529.2895
  • vbs_at_spelmanandjohnson.com
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