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Resume Writing Tip – Grab the Recruiter’s Attention

The recruiter won’t go digging for great information on your resume.  You have to find a way to make them read it. Research says you have under 20 seconds to make an impression on paper.  If you want to impress the recruiters and hiring managers, pay attention to this resume writing tip – Make sure the top third of your resume is really strong.

Contact information for sure. 

Recruiters and hiring managers have to be able to find you.  It happens more often than you think that the contact information on a resume is out of date.  Especially, right after graduation when your campus address may be no longer valuable.  Keep emails and social media avatars professional.

Powerful summary of qualifications, career highlights or professional profile

It really doesn’t matter much what you call this introductory section of your resume. By the way, there this still some debate about this resume writing tip.  You will see some people who say that Resume Objectives are out of date for emerging professionals. I don’t agree. Whatever you call it, this section must be powerful and markets you – the total you!

Education

If you are a new graduate or emerging professional or you have new and relevant training, this must show up early.  Don’t put it at the end of your resume.  The recruiter and hiring manager may not actually get there.

Accomplishments please

The top 30% of your resume is really just nothing without accomplishments.  Something telling what you have done – eg. 4 years of customer service experience, 15% growth in membership, managed budget in excess of $X amount.  Get the point?  Accomplishments mean something to a recruiter or hiring manager.  Don’t overlook this resume writing tip, if you really want some attention.

No errors. (can’t stress this one enough)

This resume writing tip is probably the one we see the most.  It is everywhere.  Despite that, we are human and we still make resume writing errors. More important than trying not to make errors, is getting someone to proof read your resume for you before you send it anywhere.

I write a lot about our mission to end resume fails.  In fact one of the hashtags we use at The HBCU Career Center all the time is #EndResumeFails.  We want to make sure job seekers don’t get discarded because of things that can easily be addressed.

Connect on our Instagram and find more resume writing tips with the #EndResumeFail hashtag.

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Free Resume Reviews – Countdown to Graduation

Free resume reviewFree resume reviews until May 31, 2019.

It is that time of year when most of the graduating class becomes – what we usually call in career centers – RESUMANIACs.  Career offices get busier as a steady stream of graduates drift into career centers for resume critiques and career advice as job search fears and anxiety set in as grads wonder about life after graduation.

For the second year in a row, The HBCU Career Center is offering an option for those who don’t make it to the career center on campus.  We are doing free resume reviews for anyone graduating in 2019 or anyone applying for internships.   We will do free resume reviews as long as the resume is posted on TheHBCUCareerCenter.com by May 31, 2019.  

What we will look at in a free resume review?

-Check your resume against the 50-Resume-Writing-Tips that Work checklist.

-Verify your contact details.

-Review your social media footprint.

-Offer insight on how to share your industry knowledge.

Essentially, we will be looking at your resume the same way a HR Manager or Recruiter will be looking at your resume.  The difference is, instead of putting it at the bottom of the pile, we will give you real information, tips and advice to improve your document.

Last year as we got closer to graduation, we had so many resumes to critique, graduates were waiting for up to a week to get their resume review completed.  Please don’t wait.  

Do it early!

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HBCU Federal Agency Opportunities for Week ending February 22

White House Initiative on HBCUsThis news is shared about HBCU Federal Agency Opportunities with The HBCU Career Center by the White House Initiatives on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

1. U.S. Department of the Interior

The Bureau of Land Management is currently accepting applications for minority college students to participate in paid summer internship through the “Direct Hire for Resource Assistant Summer Internship Program.” Minority undergraduate and graduate college students are encouraged to apply using one of nine Vendors:

http://info.manrrs.org/summerblminternship

https://inroads.org/BLM/

https://www.hacu.net/hacu/HNIP.asp

http://manoproject.org/events/bureau-of-land-management

https://abpadc.org/blm-internships/

https://www.environmentamericas.org/internship-positions/

https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/fieldexp/GeoCorps/blm-dha.aspx

http://www.usaconservation.org/programs/epic-internship/dha-home/dha-openings/

https://business-staffing-of-america-inc.breezy.hr/p/f6c025063917-bureau-of-land-management-internships

PLEASE HELP BLM SPREAD THE WORD! The Application period closes on March 8th.

For more information please contact Kim Oliver, Program Coordinator, at BLM_DHA@blm.gov

2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Below are positions with the USFWS posted February 14, 2019.  To view the complete list of positions currently available with FWS visit www.fws.gov/ humancapital/.  You may also view listings and links on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ USFWSJobs.

Ecologist http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/524525800 Department: Department of the Interior Agency: Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 1     vacancies – San Marcos, Texas Salary: $51,186.00 to $66,542.00 / Per Year Series and Grade: GS-0408-9 Open Period: Thursday, February 14, 2019 to Thursday, February 28, 2019 Position Information: Permanent – Full-Time Who May Apply: Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), Open to the public

Biological Science Technician http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/524554200 Department: Department of the Interior Agency: Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 3 vacancy – Carr, Colorado Salary: $32,460.00 to $42,194.00 / Per Year Series and Grade: GS-0404-4 Open Period: Thursday, February 14, 2019 to Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Position Information: Seasonal – Full-Time Who May Apply: Open to the public

Fish Biologist http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/524613700 Department: Department of the Interior Agency: Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): Few   vacancies – Anchorage, Alaska Salary: $56,146.00 to $72,991.00 / Per Year Series and Grade: GS-0482-9 Open Period: Thursday, February 14, 2019 to Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Position Information: Term – Full-Time Who May Apply: Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), Open to the public, Veterans

3. National Science Foundation

ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions

https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5383

Proposal Preparation Technical Assistance Webinar

February 26, 2019 2:00 PM  to  February 26, 2019 3:30 PM

The NSF ADVANCE program office will provide an overview of the funding opportunities in the latest ADVANCE solicitation (NSF 19-552) and answer questions from participants.

Contacts Jessie A. DeAro, (703) 292-5350, email:jdearo@nsf.gov        Preferred Contact Method: Email

NSF Related Organizations NSF-Wide  Division of Human Resource Development

Related Programs ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions

Small Business Administration

SBA To Host Emerging Small Business Conference (MS).

The Enterprise-Tocsin reports the Small Business Administration will host the “Delta Emerging Small Business Conference” on Feb. 28 in Greenville, MS. Topics include “federal/state/local procurement opportunities, local small business contracting database, accomplishing small Business online, [and] digitizing your business.”

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HBCU Student Opportunities for the Week ending February 22

This newsletter is sent to The HBCU Career Center from The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and UniversitiesWhite House Initiative on HBCUs

1. The Center for Advancing Opportunity

The Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) is searching for Doctoral, Graduate and Undergraduate HBCU students passionate about eliminating inequality and pursuing careers that can contribute to achieving this goal.

CAO awards scholarships/fellowships on a competitive basis to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Philosophy or Political Science and are interested in pursuing research in education, criminal justice, or entrepreneurialism.

Scholarships/Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated interest in CAO’s mission and vision.

CAO UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Undergraduate students are eligible to receive up to $7,500 a year for applicable to tuition, fees, or other expenses.

Requirements:

Enrolled full-time as a HBCU student at any four-year HBCU

Must be pursuing a degree in an eligible discipline (Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Philosophy, Political Science or Sociology)

Minimum GPA of 3.0

A citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America

Classified as a rising junior or senior as of Fall 2018

The applicant must be involved in pursuing research in education, criminal justice, or entrepreneurialism

CAO FELLOWSHIP  Graduate/Doctoral students are eligible to receive up to $40,000 a year for applicable to tuition, fees, or other expenses. Requirements:

Be a current doctoral or graduate student at an accredited college or university

Have applied to a doctoral or graduate program and awaiting a decision from the college or university

Must be pursuing a degree in an eligible discipline (Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Philosophy or Political Science)

Must have received a four-year degree from an HBCU

Provide 2017-2018 student aid report (received from FAFSA)

Minimum GPA of 3.0

The applicant must exhibit a continued interest in pursuing a career aimed at furthering education, criminal justice or entrepreneurialism research at HBCUs

The applicant must be interested in pursuing research in education, criminal justice, or entrepreneurialism

A citizen or permanent resident of the United States of AmericaInterested students should visit www.tmcf.org/our-scholarships to apply

2. J.P. Morgan Career Development Conference Opportunity for Female HBCU Students

J.P. Morgan Chase will be hosting a special 2 Day conference for female students in their Sophomore year in college where they are offering an all-expense paid trip to New York to experience a career development and exposure opportunity in Corporate and Investment Banking. We would like to share the opportunity with your Sophomore students and those graduating in the class of 2021 such that they may take advantage. J.P. Morgan has allocated at least 50 spots to HBCU students coming in through HBCU CONNECT. If you have any interested students please have them register on our website: www.hbcuconnect.com/jpmorgan-cib Full details are as follows: Join the Corporate & Investment Bank Women’s Conference What is the CIB Women’s Conference? This two-and-a-half day diversity women’s conference will provide you with a solid foundation of financial and business knowledge. What to expect • Deep dive educational sessions into the Corporate & Investment Bank (CIB) business areas • Career readiness workshops • Committed mentorship to help provide guidance and support • Supplemental online activities (i.e. financial modules and other relevant courses) These sessions will provide you with the opportunity to meet with our senior leaders across the CIB business, and position you to be successful and make an impact in your career.

Who are we seeking? • Highly driven and exceptional sophomores • Sophomore female students (graduating in 2021) from diverse backgrounds, including Black and Hispanic students • Talented individuals who are driven with strong intellectual curiosity • Don’t require visa sponsorship • GPA above 3.2 If you are looking for an event that affords you the opportunity to be given a deeper insight into investment banking, sales & trading, research, risk, treasury services, don’t hesitate to apply.

This invite only event will take place on: Date: Monday, April 15th – Wednesday, April 17th Location: J.P. Morgan New York City Office J.P. Morgan will provide flight and lodging accommodations for students chosen to attend this event. Space is limited and invitations will be sent to confirmed attendees. Deadline is Sunday 3rd March Register Now: http://hbcuconnect.com/jpmorgan-cib

3. Register Today! CDFA Federal Policy Conference — April 16-17 in Washington, DC!

CDFA Federal Policy Conference April 16-17, 2019 in Washington, DC

On April 16-17 in Washington DC, CDFA will host its 2019 CDFA Federal Policy Conference, featuring development finance experts and practitioners from key federal agencies, congressional offices, and policy organizations. The CDFA Federal Policy Conference will highlight rural and urban financing programs, the Opportunity Zones incentive, programs for supporting small business development, as well as financing programs for infrastructure, energy, brownfields remediation, and water systems financing.

Hosted at the Washington Marriott Georgetown, the two-day CDFA Federal Policy Conference will feature conference panels and workshops led by our federal financing partners at the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Transportation, and Treasury, as well as the Economic Development Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Small Business Administration. Space is limited – register early to secure your seat! Topics covered include: – Sustainable Infrastructure Finance – The Federal Financing Landscape – Urban and Rural Financing Approaches – Federal Grant Application Strategies – Opportunity Zones and Federal Financing Collaborations

4. Workforce Recruitment Program, The 2019 WRP database is now available!

Do you need highly qualified candidates for jobs at your agency? The Workforce Recruitment Program can help!

The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

Annually, trained WRP recruiters from federal agencies conduct personal interviews with interested candidates on college and university campuses across the country. Candidates represent all majors, and range from college freshmen to graduate students and law students. Information from these candidate interviews is compiled in a searchable database that is available through this website to federal Human Resources Specialists, Equal Employment Opportunity Specialists, and other hiring officials in federal agencies.

Start using this resource today by clicking the registration buttons on the right OR sign in using your e-mail address and password.

WRP is recognized by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as a model strategy in its guidance to federal agencies regarding the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities. Since the program’s expansion in 1995, over 7,000 students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP.

WRP is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO).

Want to learn more about WRP?

Are you a:

  • Federal Employer looking for top talent?
  • School looking to setup interviews for your campus?
  • Federal employee interested in becoming a Recruiter for WRP?
  • Student interested in learning how you can become a candidate for WRP?

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10 Things to Know about the Gig Economy

Gig Economy WorkersIf you haven’t heard the term “Gig Economy” before, let me explain.  The gig economy is the concept of short term jobs and projects everywhere and all the time.   Technology, of course, is enabling this new gig economy and companies like Uber, Lyft or Grub Hub are some of the familiar examples where workers can jump into to work and jump out of work at their own convenience.

Here are 10 things you should know about the gig economy.

1. Pew Research suggests that  “nearly 1 in 4 Americans now earn money from the digital platform economy.” Most of that work is for domestic tasks, such as housecleaning and repairs, or driving for companies such as Uber.

2. Before you think that gig economy work is not just for unskilled workers; think again.  Professionals like software engineers, HR professionals or Accountants are also participating in the gig economy with short term assignments.

3. There doesn’t seem to be any age limits for people working in the gig economy.  Your Uber or Lyft driver could be a medical student transporting paying passengers in between classes, a bank teller after hours making extra money after work or a retiree who spends the entire day driving.

4. There are 56 million freelance workers in the US partially because US workers are increasingly craving flexibility in their schedules and work locations.  These are key contributing factors driving the new gig economy.

5. There are some legal risks with the gig economy and depending on how you get paid, you may have to reconcile your taxes at the end of the year with the IRS.

6. Chances are if you are working in the gig economy, you are not getting any employment benefits like health insurance, retirement savings plan etc. from the employer.

7. Diane Mulcahy, author of Gig Economy, says that many companies will do just about anything to avoid hiring full time employees and love the idea of using just-in-time workers with no long term commitment.

8. The workers who are most successful in the gig economy are those who know how to manage their time and their costs effectively.

9. You can find gigs that suit your skill set and lifestyle through any number of gig economy websites like Behance, Fiverr, Freelancer, TaskRabbit, Guru and LocalSolo.  Job boards like Monster, CareerBuilder and TheHBCUCareerCenter.com also post short term gig jobs.

10. Although some gigs, like any other temporary job, could turn into a full time job, this is not likely, if this type of project work is preferred by employer.

Some believe the gig economy is not going to be as some people may have predicted.  Check out this article – The truth about the gig economy.

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5 Ways Recruiters are Using Artificial Intelligence in Hiring

Pexels-Photo-1367278Whether you know it or not, using Artificial Intelligence in hiring is becoming more widespread.

It shouldn’t surprise you because you are probably walking around campus with your smart phone or tablet cluttered with the latest apps to help you manage your life.  You are probably using apps to discover your favorite spots in your new college town, interacting with your favorite games and sports teams or your Alexa might even have woken you up today with your favorite programmed music.  You may even have interacted with artificial intelligence to schedule yourself for a job interview before.  You just didn’t know it.

If you haven’t already heard it, you should know that there is an emerging interaction that could impact you soon.  That new interaction will be with artificial intelligence in hiring processes when you are looking for internships or looking to land jobs and careers after graduation.

Studies from Oxford University, McKinsey and Pricewaterhouse Coopers forecast that up to 50% of current jobs could be replaced by smart machines within the next 20 years.  You probably already know that about 5 million jobs have been lost to automation since 2000.  Read the linked article and learn more.

However, that’s not what I am talking about here.  We will talk more about that many more times as the workplace changes.  Right now, I am just letting you know that, based on my recent research where I interviewed Human Resource professionals from major corporations, these are five of the ways that recruiters are currently using artificial intelligence in hiring.

HR is using Artificial Intelligence in Hiring

Ai is being used for sourcing applicants.  Your social media profiles have never been more valuable to you as a job seeker.

Ai used for screening applications.   You have heard that recruiters spend about twenty seconds looking at your resumes.  Well artificial intelligence is shaving time off this process even more.  Ai is screening applications in and out of contention very quickly.

Ai used to improve applicant user experience.  Do you have a question during the application process and wish you had someone to speak with? Well you can probably get answers from AI powered chat bots that could tell you where in the process you are, what might be missing from your application or what to expect in the next steps.

Ai used to market and brand their organizations.  So, you are perusing your favorite sites on the internet and ads for jobs, internships or organizations in which you might be interested, appear.  Companies trying to get your attention could start marketing their jobs to you, just like they market sneakers to you.

Ai used for predictive analytics.  Companies capture tons of human resources data.  They have data on who they hire, who they didn’t hire, who does well in their company and who didn’t do so well.  Imagine organizations then feeding that data back through artificial intelligence tools, that will help them create stronger profiles of the ideal hire.   The average cost of hiring a new employee is about $4000.  Employers are thinking Ai can help them lower those costs and find better quality hires in the process.

Just reading through that list of five ways companies are using artificial intelligence in hiring, I am sure your mind was probably racing about all the ways you could be included or excluded as a job seeker.  You are probably asking the question – How am I supposed to get past the algorithms that make Ai work?  We will talk more about that later.

For now, my goal is that you become aware.

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