Monday, June 02, 2014
Ask the Administrator: Recovering from a Layoff
When an administrator loses her job, does she do a resume or a CV or some combination of both? I had been faculty, not administration, for over 10 years when I applied for the admin position in another state. Having been an administrator for several years, how do I best show my work when applying for my next position, whether that be administration or faculty? I'd bet I should use a CV for faculty positions [would need to include the admin work to explain a multi-year gap?] but am not sure how to proceed for the admin work.
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I don't think serving in an administrative role is a big faculty career buster. I just integrate the administrative position in the list of jobs on the faculty version of the CV. Then you let your cover letter focus on you love of the faculty role (teaching, research, service) and the admin role as just a way to contribute in another way. to an academic institution.
I have heard that if you send in the wrong type of document (e.g. a CV for a corporate job or a resume for an academic job ) this could be an automatic disqualifier, and your application will go right into the electronic trashbin.
Unfortunately, it is altogether too easy nowadays to apply for a job online—all it takes is a single mouse click. This means that the college or university will be literally deluged with hundreds of CVs for their single opening. Many of them will be from only marginally-qualified individuals, but some of them will come from super-qualified people. You need to figure out some way to stand out from this crowd.
Because of the flood of applications that most advertised job openings seem to attract, most job applications go through an initial electronic screening process before a human ever looks at them. If the computer doesn’t find the right buzzwords in your CV, it goes right into the electronic trashbin and no human ever sees it.
Consequently, make sure that your CV contains all of the currently-popular buzzwords (the words “outcomes assessment” should appear several times). Include just about every computer language, database, or operating system you have ever used. Include expertise in things like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Your CV should look as if someone spilled an acronym dictionary on it. This might get you past the initial electronic screening process, which will improve the chances that a real honest-to-goodness human will actually take a look at it.
Also bear in mind that if you are applying for a tenure-track position at a teaching-oriented institution, including a long list of part-time gigs in your CV could work against you. If you have been a part-timer for too long, people will start thinking that something must be wrong with you. They conclude that if you were any good, you should have landed a full-time gig by now.