NAFSA’s Career Resources: In LA and All Year Round

May 22, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Megan C. Lawther McCarthy

Before we know it, we will be packing up and heading to beautiful Los Angeles for the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo. Whether this is your first conference or your 51st, there is something in the NAFSA 2017 Career Center (rooms 308 and 309 of the Los Angeles Convention Center) for you... See More

Implementing Strengths-Based Professional Development in Your Office

November 21, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Melissa Vivian

Earlier this year at the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, I had the opportunity to speak with my NAFSA colleagues about Gallup Education’s Clifton StrengthsFinder, an assessment tool designed to help individuals and organizations identify what it is that they do best and how to boost that greatness in others.

This year’s conference marked the second time I’ve had the pleasure of speaking about StrengthsFinder assessments. In 2015, our StrengthsFinder “primer” covered the theory behind the practice of taking a strengths focus in your career. For 2016, we moved the conversation further to the practical application of strengths for professional team development.

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Creating a Squeaky Clean Social Media Profile

November 09, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Mandy Reinig

The job search process can be long and tedious. What many job seekers don’t realize is that it can also be an embarrassing and a humbling process, especially if they do not clean up their social media channels prior to their job search.... See More

Networking on the Go with NAFSA

October 31, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Samantha Potempa and Jodi Simek

Networking is one of the most impactful ways you can build your professional expertise and effectiveness. But networking can sometimes take a backseat to some of the more immediate or urgent demands that we encounter in our jobs. ... See More

Post-Conference Glow: 16 Follow-Up Tips and Tricks

October 26, 2016 | Topics: Careers, Regional Conferences

By Lesley Robinson

I have nine NAFSA Annual Conferences under my belt, and only now do I feel like I have my post-conference routine down. For me, the NAFSA Annual Conference is always an exhilarating whirlwind of thought-provoking sessions, reception invitations, exhibit hall strategizing, business card collecting, and extreme networking.... See More

Two Career Challenges That Don’t Have to be Roadblocks

September 14, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Ellen H. Badger and Shawna Szabo

Throughout your career, you will be faced with unavoidable realities that may disrupt your journey. Rather than having these realities affect you in a negative way, why not turn lemons into lemonade? Transforming a possibly negative situation into a positive one is not easy, but it is a skill that certainly can be learned.... See More

Conflict at Work? Use Pre-departure Wisdom to Guide Your Next Move

September 07, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Samantha Martin

Are you in conflict at your office? We’ve all been there. Something got unexpectedly pushed onto our plate, something was said, someone clammed up, someone lashed out, something got dropped, someone was overlooked, something went unnoticed, etc. And, we take offense.... See More

Using NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies for Team Development and Hiring Purposes: Part 2

August 31, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Sora H. Friedman

Earlier this year, I kicked off this two-part blog series examining how NAFSA’s International Education (IE) Professional Competencies can be used for team development and hiring with a post providing background about the competencies and asking IE supervisors and hiring managers to provide feedback (via online survey) on how they are using the competencies in their own work.

Additionally, during the NAFSA 2016 conference in Denver, I led a presentation in the NAFSA 2016 Career Center considering how the competencies can be used as a tool to assess team skills, strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in order to assist with the professional development of current staff and to plan for future hiring searches. My goal with each was to engage with as many people as possible about how they have used the tool within their own offices. Here’s what I learned.

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