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A new year, for many of us, signifies renewal or new projects. For me personally, I'll tackle organizing the garage and shedding some unwanted holiday pounds. AAEE bloggers would like to begin this bright new year with an invitation to you.

The American Association for Education in Employment has been partnering with Education Week Top School Jobs for over four years now, sharing thoughts about education careers and employment in the field. But rather than just writing about what we think interests you, we are hoping to engage in a meaningful exchange with Career Corner blog readers. We know that teachers, like the other many unemployed professionals, are facing tremendous challenges in their job searches. AAEE's most recent Educator Supply and Demand Report shows us that opportunities vary widely among teaching fields and regions, and even states within regions. Many are also encountering 'underemployment' or career stagnation. With Top School Jobs and AAEE as resources, you have access to seasoned school district human resource and university career center members from all over the U.S., ready to respond to your questions and share tips.

So -- what's on your mind?

--Diana Sanchez, Career Counselor, California State University San Marcos and
AAEE, Director of Professional Development


I would like to hear from HR members as well as administrators regarding ways to help my resume and cover letter shine above others using the online application process. I am attempting to return to the workforce after a five year hiatus. I have almost ten years of experience in both regular and special education, but it's difficult to convey this in such a brief, non personal way, especially when I know that hundreds of other resumes are being submitted as well. What are they looking for on these documents that could help secure an interview? Thank you.

When UC Berkeley announced its elimination of student sports including baseball, men’s, women’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse teams and its defunding of the national-champion men’s rugby team, the chancellor sighed, “Sorry, but this was necessary!”
But was it? Yes, the university is in dire financial straits. Yet $3 million was somehow found by Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau to pay the Bain consulting firm to uncover waste, inefficiencies in UC Berkeley (Cal), despite the fact that a prominent East Coast university was accomplishing the same thing without expensive consultants.
Essentially, the process requires collecting, analyzing information from faculty, staff. Apparently, Cal senior management believe that the faculty, staff of their world-class university lacks the cognitive ability, integrity, energy to identify millions in savings. If consultants are necessary, the reason is clear: the chancellor has lost credibility with the people who provided the information to the consultants. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau has reigned for eight years, during which time the inefficiencies proliferated to $150 million. Even as Bain’s recommendations are implemented (‘They told me to do it’, Birgeneau), credibility, trust, problems remain.
Bain is interviewing faculty, staff, senior management and academic senate leaders to identify $150 million in inefficiencies, most of which could have been found internally. One easy-to-identify problem, for example, was wasteful procurement practices such as failing to secure bulk discounts on printers. But Birgeneau apparently has no concept of savings: even in procuring a consulting firm he failed to receive proposals from other firms.

Students, staff, faculty, California Legislators are the victims of his incompetent decisions. Now that sports teams are feeling the pinch, perhaps the California Alumni, benefactors, donors, will demand to know why Birgeneau is raking in $500,000 a year while abdicating his work responsibilities.

Let there be light.

The author, who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way the senior management operates.
PS University of California Berkeley (Cal) ranking drops. In 2004, for example, the London-based Times Higher Education ranked Cal the 2nd leading research university in the world, just behind Harvard; in 2009 that ranking had tumbled to 39th place.
University of California, Berkeley.

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