College Job Search Going Nowhere?

Let me tell you a story about a client I’ll call Beth—a talented, accomplished musician who was looking for a college teaching job. Beth was well-qualified for the jobs she applied for.  But she’d been applying for jobs for two years—and not getting anywhere. No interviews. No job offers. Nada. Beth was ready to give up . . .

She thought she was the problem.

That her recordings weren’t good enough, or that she didn’t have enough of the right kind of experience, or that she needed the “right” connections.

She never imagined that the real problem was with her application materials. Beth had followed examples she found online, the way many of her colleagues had. She thought her materials outlined her qualifications well.

They didn’t.

The thing is, the examples she found online were from musicians with backgrounds very different from Beth’s. And these example musicians were applying for positions at schools also very different from those that Beth was targeting.

Beth was clueless about the actual impression her application materials were creating.

And that impression wasn’t a good one. It wasn’t exactly bad. It was just “meh.” And in the highly competitive college job market, that wasn’t going to cut it.

Beth’s materials weren’t showcasing her strengths or the value she could bring to the job. Her materials made her look generic—a commodity indistinguishable from the other 200 candidates. So what did we do?

First, we overhauled her CV.

I taught Beth how to reformat, re-categorize, and re-order her material. To de-clutter and then highlight the details that the search committee would actually care about.

We then added in the key missing details that communicated not just the “who, what, when, and where” of her teaching, but HOW she teaches and the results she gets.

With these changes, Beth’s real strengths started to come into focus. Readers could now get more of a sense of the real person behind her CV.

Next, we turned to Beth’s cover letter and teaching philosophy statement.

And they weren’t pretty. Let’s just say her “before” versions were  not at ALL in sync with her newly upgraded CV.

The truth is, most musicians send cover letters and teaching philosophy statements that are ineffective, cliché-ridden, snooze fests. It’s not just that they’re God-awful boring, they also don’t directly address the search committee’s priorities.

And they fail to give the search committee a real sense of the candidate as a person and of how she connects with students. Instead of piquing the search committee’s interest, these materials are usually a turn off.

We worked hard on Beth’s materials and the results paid off—

Beth went from being ready to give up . . .  to landing an influential leadership position, as a program director in higher ed.

I’ve helped hundreds of musicians land rewarding jobs—but always worked one on one wot clients on these documents. That’s why I’m excited to announce—for the first time ever . . .

Two new group training programs for Cover letters and Teaching Philosophy Statements.

These online intensives are taught live in a dynamic group coaching format, giving participants the advantage of one-on-one expert feedback in a supportive group environment.

Because I get it, most musicians hate working on their promotional materials. It brings up all kinds of negative self-judgment and fears. I’ve found that working in a positive small group setting with accountability and support is the best antidote.

I created these trainings so you can avoid the angst and instead gain real clarity and confidence about what you communicate. So you can feel great about what you send out and have the best chance possible of getting the interview and landing the job.

I’m proud of these new training programs and if you’re actively applying for college teaching jobs and want expert help, I would be happy to have you join us.

The Musicians’ Cover Letter Seminar

  • Learn the “secrets” of what cover letters actually communicate so you can structure and focus your message for real impact.
  • Discover how to convey what distinguishes you from the competition so you’re not lost in the pile.
  • See dynamic “before” and “after” cover letter excerpts so you can understand exactly what’s needed to power up your applications.
  • Participate in problem-solving editing sessions to gain the feedback you need to upgrade your cover letters and your career confidence.

Three sessions over two weeks: Mondays and Thursdays, Feb, 3-13, 2020
Spaces are limited.

The Teaching Philosophy Bootcamp

  • Identify the stories from your past that best illustrate your teaching skills in action.
  • Discover your core values as an educator so you can convey your distinct strengths.
  • Analyze sample statements so you can apply key concepts to your own writing.
  • Receive expert editing suggestions and solutions in real time.

Three sessions over two weeks: Mondays and Thursdays, Feb. 17-27 2020
Spaces are limited.

For more career insights and inspiration, join our supportive community, our FREE Musicians Making It Facebook group. We’d love to have you!

Here’s to your forward motion,

Dream Big, Plan Smart, Live Well


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