I guess this is a story of you make your luck (with the qualifier I have a great boss with real vision for our field).
Beginning as a 1/2 time coordinator (doing boring work)in my field of higher ed in 2007, I’ve worked my way up project by project to an assistant director position in an area I really care about. The next step is to stretch my wings and lead initiatives at a campus level. Currently in conversations about this next move and really hope this goes through. Trying my best to prove myself.
Being involved with work I love really motivates me and gets me through the tough times (budget cuts, frustrating policies, co-worker issues, grant writing). Even being underpaid is tolerable when I see I am making a difference. 2 years ago
Hey gotta keep reaching! 4 years ago
I landed a job with cool people that utilizes 70% of my skills and challenges me to learn new technical skills, which rocks. This job has a future and “makes sense” with my past 7 years of expereince.
The pay however is not what I deserve. Supposedly this is temporary. Despite my 1/2 time status I am putting in an extra 10 hours a week to create a really kick ass website etc. and show them I am worth hiring on and paying real money.
Doing my time, working hard to become the employee they “can’t imagine life without” 6 years ago
I was thrilled to receive a call last night that I did not get the job I applied for because management thought my talents/ skills would be better utilized in X management role. I am in negotiations right now for a Better job with more responsibility, $ etc. than the one I interviewed for because apparently I interviewed well and convinced them I could bring more to the table than they had asked for. I credit having a positive attitude.
I am so excited! and When we settle the salary issue I can check this goal off! 6 years ago
I’m interviewing later today for an administrator position that is a good match with a University. I’m excited about the opportunity I I need to let it show.
DH reminds me: BE CHEERFUL! not too stern and professional
People like cheerful employees. They are looking for someone they want to work with, not just someone qualified who knows the ropes.
Personal Advantages I’m going to Sell:
1. I am extremely resourceful (searching for PHD funding, researching a dissertation and prior experience in other fields has helped my hone this skill)
2. I am personable and comfortable working with Faculty, Students, Parents and Staff and I understand how policies can effect each of these groups differently and how to respond to concerns. “Customer care” shall we call it.
3. I have inside knowledge of “The System” that will help contribute and be a valued “go to” person immediately
4. Good with business math and experienced in U. financial reporting from my days as a financial aid counselor——and as a matter of fact I am enrolled in an evening accounting course to polish my skills
5. I believe in the mission of my potential employer and genuine
interest is something you can’t fake and will translate into dedication to my work
Did I mention I am excited about the position and the mission of the University? 6 years ago
well first I have to figure out what it is exactly I can use my prior experience and unfinished history PhD for. University administration looks like a good possibility.
Also need to get some apps out there! So far 6 apps = 2 phone interviews, 1 in person
More later…. 6 years ago