Oh spring semester on campus! The campus calendar is busting from the seams with activities and events, seniors are feeling the crunch, professionals are submitting budgets … it’s all happening within 12 – 15 weeks!
You know what else is cooking on campus? Job searches. Now, I don’t mean you are looking for a job. I mean, you are assisting with an open job search on campus. Two words. Search. Committee.
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success. ~Ernest Shackleton
Do you get shivers down your spine when you are asked to sit on a search committee? The combing through resumes, organizing your schedule, sitting in meetings …
Typically I shy away from signing up for search committees, mostly because I dread organizing all of the resumes (i.e., printing off of Interview Exchange) … but today I had an “a-ha” moment during a search committee interview.
Maybe it was the second cup of coffee or the temperature being over 15 degrees.
But, as the interview wrapped up, and the final question was asked … you know, the FINAL question: “Do you have any questions for us?” I felt kind of happy and wrapped in a blanket of campus comfort. The candidate responded by asking about what it was like to be a staff member on this campus.
The committee answered. We shared our insights on our community, feeling connected, having colleagues, befriending one another, and really thinking our students are top notch. I felt kind of excited to be in that moment. I wanted to tell the candidate – it is the real deal. Sure we have road blocks and difficult people … but we have each other.
So, next time you get the dreaded email or call – take the challenge. Re-interview and re-inspire yourself for your campus job. Step up to the search committee plate and hit it out of the park. Even if you aren’t job searching, you should always be searching within your job.