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Featured job 2-7The HBCU Career Center offers a niche job board that is now mobile!

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Featured Jobs currently on our niche job board: Apply, share or set up a Job Alert!

Nutrition Education Program Specialist – U of Wisconsin

Clinical Administrative Support Specialist – Dana Farber Cancer Institute

New Patient Coordinators – Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Community Nutrition Program Development and Evaluation Specialists – U of Wisconsin

Inside Sales Representatives – Dell Computers

Associate Director for Finance and Budget – Princeton University

Assistant Director of Campus Life – Bates College

Project and Membership Engagement Manager – Opportunity Finance Network

Program Officer – The Solutions Project

Communications Post Graduate Internships – Society of Professional Journalists

The HBCU Career Center job board is a http://www.jobs.thehbcucareercenter.com.

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January 2016 Unemployment Rate

Unemployment by educationThe US Department of Labor released the Unemployment Rate for January 2016 yesterday. Over the last 12 months, the number of unemployed workers was reduced by 1.1 million. The unemployment rate went down as well by 0.8%.

The jobless unemployment rate was reported for various groups of workers in the unemployment report for January 2016:

Adult men overall 4.5 %

Whites 4.3%

Adult women overall 4.5%

Teenagers 16.0 %

Blacks 8.8 %

Asians 3.7 %

Hispanics 5.9 %

The number of long term unemployed, (those unemployed beyond 27 weeks) remained unchanged at 2.1 million representing about 27% of the unemployed.

Unemployment rates for persons 25 years of age or older by educational level:

Less than High School – 7.4%

High School graduate with no college – 5.3%

High School graduate with some college – 4.2%

Bachelor’s degree or higher – 2.5%

Of course although the unemployment rate is much lower among college educated workers, a good job search plan and career search strategy, as well as knowing what employers want, is required to secure long term employment.

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No Pay Raise; What Else Could You Ask For?

no pay raiseLet’s face it, many of us see our annual pay raise as a way to feel value at work. It reaffirms our importance to the company and it is something employees look forward to – even more than they do the company picnic or Christmas party.

USA Today reported, based on survey data from Towers Watson (a compensation consulting firm) that U.S. employers were planning to give pay raises averaging 3% in 2015.  That was on par with the 2.9% average raise in 2014 and 2013.  However, if you are one of those workers who might be getting no pay raise this year, then what can you do? What else can you ask your employers for in lieu of a pay raise this year? Consider asking about Titles, Time or Transfers.


What about a change in title? Would that make you feel rewarded? Would that make you feel better about not getting a pay raise? Remember – part of your mission in your current work is to always be preparing for your next opportunity. Could a change in your job title have an impact on your future career? Would a more contemporary job title mean something to you as your career progresses?  Think about these things as you evaluate whether or not to ask for a title change at work in lieu of a raise.


Would some extra time off be a good reward for you? For many people this could be a good option.  Some people don’t necessarily appreciate time off in lieu of a raise, especially those who can’t get to choose when they use the time off. There are those workers who think that if the company can’t afford to give a pay raise, things must be really bad. That said, the last thing they want to do is be away from the office. You know – out of sight out of mind? Well if a raise is not an option, think about asking for time off in lieu of a pay raise this year.


So let’s say this year, there is no pay raise, you can’t get a new job title or can’t get any time off – could you get a transfer into another position offering a higher base salary? Many people forget the option to transfer into other roles at work. After all this may be the only way for you to get a salary increase you want or need this year. Look around for abandoned assignments if others have been laid off. Ask about picking up some of these assignments for a bump in salary. After all you will be saving the company money long term.

What would you consider in lieu of a raise?

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Job Outlook for Grads

2016 graduatesEvery year the National Association of Colleges and Employers surveys companies to find out about their plans to hire new college graduates. The Job Outlook for 2016 grad report shows that hiring for 2016 college grads is expected to be up by 11%.

This is a slight increase over the Spring 2015 report when companies indicated a 10% hiring rate for that graduating class.

While this job outlook report, coupled with the lower unemployment rate of 4.9% for January 2016, spells good news for graduates, they need to be aware of serious competition for good jobs.   Graduates with multiple internships, study abroad experiences, higher GPAs and campus leadership experiences will get hired first!

There are a few factors that could still have unpredictable impact on the job market this year including:

Lowering oil prices which might impact industries across the board and have significant impact on salaries in the petroleum industry.

The US Presidential campaigns could see a spike in hiring in certain occupations such as media and communications which disappear after the election.

Ongoing organizational restructuring, mergers and acquisitions or disappearing industries.

The Class of 2016 should be working with the career center, signing up on niche job boards and joining professional associations for the cheaper student rates before graduation.  This Ready, Set, Graduate checklist can help!

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Is a Gap Year Experience in your Future?

gap year experienceIf you graduated recently from a HBCU and have not landed your ideal job, think about doing something meaningful and exploring “gap year” activities.

According to Wikipedia, the term, “gap year” refers to a “prolonged period (often, but not always, a year) between two life stages. This “gap year” is also known as a “year out”, “year off”, “deferred year”, “bridging year”, “overseas experience”, “time off” and “time out”. Taking this time off is actually very popular in Europe and Australia where young adults are encouraged to take a break before or after college. Graduates are urged to take on meaningful experiences during this time for personal exploration before moving to the next life stage of career.

If you are not sure what your next career or grad school option should be. Think about incorporating a “gap year” experience into your overall career strategy.

Is the “gap year” a good alternative for you? The answer of course is – it depends. You will want to weigh the pros and cons of taking this time off.

Pros of a Gap Year experience

1. Great way to explore careers and get more clarity about what to pursue
2. You may be tired of school and would not do well in classes if you jumped into college right away. Taking the time to do something meaningful might save you spending on college and then dropping out.
3. You might be able to work to save some money before returning to school.

4. Traveling could help you to explore geographical options and other cultures.

5. Many colleges are actually very excited about recruiting students who have had meaningful gap year experiences.  I know students who got into their top schools by spending time doing things like wwoofing, starting a business and starting a music festival.

Cons of a Gap Year experience

1. You may never want to return to college or further your education if you languish in this “gap year”. This is probably the most common advice you will hear for not taking a break.
2. Once away from school you could lose touch with professors and others who encourage you to further your education.

Some colleges understand this urge that college graduates have and are now getting on board with innovative programs to meet the needs of these students. A recent article in the US News outlines “gap” year plans from Princeton University in New Jersey for incoming freshman.

The gap year concept is so significant that Princeton University is planning to send 10 percent of their incoming freshman admitted to the school overseas for a year to work in the social services. They will actually do this before these freshman students even set foot on the Princeton campus.

Here are some great articles on study abroad programs if you are looking for meaningful ways to spend your “gap” year after college.

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3 Ways to be Excellent at Work

In a recent conversation with an small business owner, the subject of workplace excellence came up. We were discussing organizational culture and the since she was getting ready to hire her first employees, she wanted to clarify what she meant when she talked to her staff about being excellent at work. The fact is, no matter what the employer says, all of us will have our own definitions of what it means to be excellent at work. Given the same constraints of duties and assignments and the required knowledge skills and abilities to do the job, there are some characteristics that I believe will always set people apart from their peers. I encourage everyone to have a similar conversation with themselves and come up with their own definition of what it means to be excellent at work. Here are three of the things I always prioritize and try to encourage.

Do good work.

Regardless of what type of Be Excellent at Workwork you do, to be accountable and to be excellent at work, you must do good work. Keep in mind that your work is the reason you were hired and why, hopefully, you will remain hired.  Whether you work for yourself or you have a boss like most people do, you must take pride of ownership in your work. One of my favorite quotes about doing good work, comes from Martin Luther King Jr. who said: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well’.”

Own your errors, your mistakes and your bad judgements.

We all make errors, mistakes and bad judgements sometimes. No sense acting like we don’t. Sometimes they become only visible in hindsight.  However, if you have a commitment to being excellent at work, you will do the ongoing self evaluation to see where you might be making errors or mistakes or where there is the potential for exercising bad judgement. Hopefully, you work in an environment that is not primarily punitive.  We all know those environments where the first reaction is to punish or put on blast the person who made an error or made a mistake.  This kind of environment breeds subterfuge and becomes a blaming workplace.  Being excellent at work means adapting the Steve Jobs approach to handling mistakes: “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It’s best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.” Another favorite is from Jack Welch, former CEO of GE who said that, “Mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”

Stay ethical, speak up and maintain your integrity.

At the end of the day, there are few things that we have with us all the time, regardless of our circumstances at work or the environment in which we work. One of those things is our personal integrity. Like I always say about integrity – It only weighs you down, when you don’t have any. Each of us make our own decisions about what we will do or won’t do based on where our ethical boundaries lie.  Once you have established your ethical boundaries, consider living by this Elie Wiesel quote: “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

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