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Should I Add my Temp Jobs on my Resume?

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Don’t Forget Temp Jobs!

I often jump into the #JobHuntChat on Twitter on Monday nights at 9p EST where people who are searching for jobs hang out in spirited conversation with Recruiters and HR people who hire.

One big topic of discussion was whether or not to include temp jobs on a resume. For the most part, all the recruiters shared that it was appropriate to list temp jobs on our resumes. However, the one caveat? The temp jobs you list, must be relevant to your career story or the position for which you are applying.

Some of the comments in the chat included:

“Just list it. If they screen you out that is their loss. It’s one more way to determine you are finding a place that values the whole YOU” – @RecruiterScrib

“List them if they are relevant” – @GemmaTothSCP

“Relevance matters I think. If it’s not relevant, use the space to share something relevant. Diverse skills matter but the resume reader has a short attention span. Use it wisely” – @breea16

“I say list. It’s all about relevance. If the only thing you have to brag about as an entre into a great role is temp exposure, I say use it” – @MarciaFRobinson

The fact is, in a successful job search or internship search we use the background, experience and skills that what we already have. If what we have is experience in temp jobs then that is what we use until we have more.

I know plenty of people whose career passions turned into professional success because they were exposed to an occupation or a job that was temporary or seasonal. Find a way to include what is relevant on your resume for the position you are seeking.

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Devos Catches Heat For Student Loan “Scheme”

Betsy DeVos Catches Heat About her Ideas…Again

As the impeachment inquiry in Congress heated up, Betsy ‘the gift that keeps on giving’ DeVos, Trump’s Secretary of Education, also caught a little bit of heat. Not for undermining US foreign policy initiatives by strongarming Ukrainian politicians, but for floating the idea to implement what some are calling a “student loan scheme.”

This week DeVos suggested that the government’s student debt portfolio be handed over to what she called a “stand-alone government corporation.” What this means is that the president of the United States would no longer have the power unilaterally to do whatever they please with the debt without the approval of Congress. More than a few of her detractors are calling foul since it could look like DeVos is throwing this out as a way of putting a wrench in the student debt forgiveness talking points for 2020 Democratic candidates.

“One has to wonder: why isn’t Federal Student Aid a stand-alone government corporation, run by a professional, expert, and apolitical Board of Governors?” DeVos said in a tweet. “A separate Federal Student Aid organization would be better positioned to deliver world-class service to students and their families as they finance higher education.”

This is an odd suggestion because managing the debt already falls under the Department of Education’s list of responsibilities and people at the DOE are already tasked with being professional and unbiased experts. It’s also somewhat conspicuous that DeVos released the proposal just weeks after her agency was held in contempt of court for failing to stop collecting debt from some 15,000 students who had been defrauded by the for profit college company, Corinthian Colleges.

Private, for-profit career “colleges” like the now defunct Trump University, collected millions from students who got little or nothing in return.  Trump settled his university scam for $25 million after he became president.  

This new idea about private engagement in education being touted by DeVos is consistent with her interest in privatization of education through school voucher choice programs.  DeVos is also scrutinized because of personal investments by her family in charter schools

*Article by Raz Robinson, journalist and freelance writer, based in New York City. Connect with him on LinkedIn, follow him on Twitter @razrobinson or send an email to Rrob0904 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Cory Booker’s HBCU Plan

Senator Cory Booker HBCU Plan
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Cory Booker’s fledgling campaign (he might not be on the December debate stage) has recently announced that if he becomes president of the United States, he will support giving HBCUs and other minority serving institutions up to $100 billion.

Booker’s HBCU plan doesn’t make him particularly unique – Buttigieg, Warren, and Sanders have all given similar proposals.  Still, Booker has an interesting and specific angle.  Booker’s HBCU proposal doesn’t just suggest that the government spend $100 billion dollars, but includes specifics showing that $40 billion of it has to go towards climate research. Another $30 billion would go towards furthering STEM initiatives and education and another $30 billion would go towards upgrading grounds and facilities at HBCUs.

“HBCUs make our country stronger and more reflective of the diversity that makes us so great,” Mr. Booker said in a statement announcing the proposal. “I am here today because of the power of these institutions to uplift and bring about opportunity to black Americans.” 

A 2017 report comissioned by the United Negro College Fund found that HBCUs create around 134,090 jobs in their respective regions, approximately 43 percent of those jobs are on-campus and 57 percent are off-campus. The study also found that on-campus jobs feed off-campus ones. “For every job created on campus there are 1.3 off-campus jobs that exist because of spending related to the HBCU.”

It’s not all good though. Some have critiqued Bookers’ emphasis on STEM programming, and rightfully so. “There are maybe 10 to 20 HBCUs facing being shuttered that don’t have those fields,” Jerry Crawford II, a professor of journalism and a director of the multicultural scholars program at the University of Kansas, told the New York Times.

Senator Booker’s HBCU plan also acknowledges that many students at HBCUs rely heavily on access to Pell Grants, so Booker wants to double the maximum value for Pell from $6,200 to $12,400.  

Booker has so far come off as one of the less threatening candidates in the 2020 race. He has not exactly been shaking his fist at anyone like Bernie Sanders or Eliabeth Warren, but also lacking the hawkish devotion to the status quo like say, Joe Biden.

It’s perhaps that middle of the road nature that has left his campaign poll numbers in such dire straits even though he has met the individual contribution minimum. 

On the signing of the FUTURE Act to fund HBCUs, Booker tweeted:

@CoryBooker“Happy to see the Senate pass the #FUTUREAct to provide critical funding for HBCUs. When I am president, we’re going to make a historic $100 billion investment into HBCUs and MSIs to restore justice and empower Black and Brown communities all across America.

*Article by Raz Robinson, journalist and freelance writer, based in New York City. Connect with him on LinkedIn, follow him on Twitter @razrobinson or send an email to Rrob0904 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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