New! Resume Writing How-To Guide for Liberal Arts Students

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Looking for Leaders in All the Wrong Places

There are three things employers despair about finding in the workplace today:  Employees in their midst (1) who are capable of critical thinking, (2) who can negotiate difficult emotional territory and (3) who can write.  In short, employees who can cogitate, navigate, communicate.   It doesn’t often occur to hiring managers to turn to humanities…

Writing in the “Real World”

For faculty and advisors: When was the last time you told your liberal arts students that knowing how to develop a cogent essay is the best preparation in the world for business writing of all kinds? Okay, maybe there’s a bit of hyperbole in there, but not much. The fact is anyone who can write…

The Liberal Arts? Don’t Bother

A few weeks ago, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott proposed cutting the funding for liberal arts programs in his state’s public universities.  His predictable argument, guaranteed to inflame those of us who know better, goes like this:  the only students worth hiring are science, technology and math grads; the liberal arts are frivolous.   Governor Scott…

The Liberal Arts and “Leadership”

  We hear this over and over:  humanities and social sciences majors are developing what in today’s employment parlance are known as “leadership skills.”  This phrase describes a collection of characteristics and abilities that employers are desperate to find in both candidates and employees.   But the phrase is a little misleading.  That word—“leadership”—suggests being…

Planning Ahead?

I talked this week with Diana Patten, Director of Career Services and Internships at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Their term just ended, and commencement was last weekend. “We call this our ‘breathing week,’” she said, with relief.  Aaaah, yes.  Breathe in, breathe out. Then what?  Start planning for fall! How will you inspire…

The Liberal Arts: Slow Boat on a Long Voyage

At Whittier College, Director of Career Planning and Internships Linda Ross told me a scary story, the kind of story I can picture liberal arts students sharing around a campfire after all the marshmallows are roasted.  It goes like this: Fifty graduate students at a nearby university, pursuing master’s degrees in something like “Student Affairs,”…