This blogpost and podcast is for our colleagues in higher educations, professors, the world over.
Creating Positive Collegial Relationships
Changing Your Work World
We are exploring this topic, in the context of creating positive collegial relationships because you may discover that it is time to change your work world because the relationships are not working where you are currently teaching.
You are hired!
- This is the best place in the world to work, I am going to be here forever. Maybe…
- It could be that there is an administrator that you don’t want to spend the rest of your life with.
- Life changes in your family could necessitate a move.
How to prepare for a job change, before you need to.
You don’t want to be taken by surprise!
- Keep in mind that you don’t know when or if you will need to change jobs.
- Be prepared on an ongoing bases to conduct a job search.
- Once a year, update your resume. Always be ready.
How we can keep our resume polished up?
- Professional development.
- Keep learning, always.
- Take advantage of professional development opportunities at your university.
- Apply for funds to go to conferences. Go, speak, learn, and meet new people.
- Join associations in your field of expertise.
- Always be researching, writing and publishing.
- If you are in the arts, create professionally.
What are the kinds of things that I will need to make myself marketable outside of my current environment?
- Professional contacts.
- Identify three or four colleagues, who know your work and would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. Also, be available to do this for them.
- Any field of expertise is a small world. Most any person can make a few phone calls and find out about you. Keep in touch with your public reputation and know how you are viewed.
- Continuously, connect with people who can help you and who you can help.
- Discover how to connect with people in your geographic area. Moving a great distance for work may not always be an option.
- Create your own professional website where you share your work and opinions with the world.
- Read this book: Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Black Book of Connections: 6.5 Assets for Networking Your Way to Rich Relationships. Amazon
- Join a local group of people who do what you do. This is where you meet people and they get sense of your talents.
- Make half of your conference visits local. You will be meeting people close to home and build close relationships.
- Are you being disloyal to your university if you are doing these things? Absolutely not. Your career is not just the place you are currently working at.
- Join the LinkedIn professional community.
We welcome your feedback to our work.
Daniel & David
Changing Your Work World