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Class of 2016 Average Starting Salary

average salary for class of 2016 graduates

Don’t panic if your starting salary is less than the average.  By the time you graduate you should know that the average starting salary will vary depending on several factors.  Some of the factors impacting starting salary include:

Career path.

College major.

Industry or occupation.

Geography and cost of living in different areas.

Job search.

Prior experience and college experience.

College or university you attended.

Some data indicates that grads who used their campus career centers do better.

Your goal is to collect information of what is happening in the entry-level career marketplace so you can make informed decisions, seek opportunities and find ways to grow in the career path you have chosen.

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6 Ways You are Just Killing your Resume

killing your resumeMost HBCU students and new HBCU alumni don’t really know that the better the economy is the more competition there is to land really good interviews for their dream position. One reason is that Millennials are willing do a little bit of job hopping and therefore you might find yourself in a competitive situation as you apply for jobs and internships.  Good economy = busy recruiters who are quick to toss your resume.  Here are just six resume writing no-no’s that are just killing your resume.

Two manny erors. Those spelling errors turn you off right? So why do you think it would be any different with recruiters and hiring managers? Of course that should be “Too many errors” and recruiters really hate it when you don’t proof read and correct your own resume.

No outcomes anywhere. Stop filling your resume with a bunch of tasks.  Recruiters have to be able to see that you know why you did what you did and what happened as a result of your work.

Irrelevant stuff having nothing to do with the job. If you are bent on killing your resume, this is really one way to do it. Double check the content you include for relevance.

Lying won’t just kill your resume, it will kill your career. By the way, it is totally unnecessary. Work with a resume writer or the career center to turn the experience you do have into meaningful work that recruiters want to see.

You are rushing through it and it shows in the lack of thoughtful details. This is one sure way of killing your resume and forcing the recruiter to send it to “File 13” otherwise known as the trash.

Trying to use the same resume for everything and sticking to a boring template with either generic details or general information. I get it.  You are hoping the recruiter will sift through it and make the case for you.  That won’t work.  Recruiters are super busy people and the better the economy is, the busier they get.  Take the time to read the job postings carefully and customize your document to meet those specific needs.

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Resume Guide

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Resume Guide; How to Look Good on Paper

Resume GuideAfter 16 years in Human Resources and Career Development in Higher Education we recently published the Resume Guide; How to Look Good on Paper! Resume Writing Guide for Diverse College Students and New Alumni. it is available at AMAZON.COM.

If you have connected with us over the years, you know that we are small, but our purpose and mission to bring career development to students and emerging professionals of color is OVER-SIZED!!!

This Resume Guide represents our next step in education our diverse students, new alumni and emerging professionals about a key component in the employment and job search process.

The Resume Guide includes:

*Sample resumes that  received positive responses from employers and graduate schools.

*Answers to 60+ FAQs on resume writing such as “How do I spot weak areas on my resume?” “How do I address skill gaps?” and “How do I demonstrate my diversity on my resume?”

*Thousands of keywords and the only exercise you will need to learn how to use resume writing to prepare effectively for the job interview.

*Step-by-step guide to build a resume.

*Clarification on the key strategic value of your resume and how your entire college experience will impact your resume for life.

There are several ways to purchase our new Resume Guide:

1. Buying the Resume Guide for you? The book is available at Amazon.com if you want to purchase it for yourself.

2. promotional new graphicBuy the Resume Guide for your Alma Mater: We are seeking sponsors willing to purchase books in batches of 10 books for $150 (that is a 30% discounted rate) for campus organizations or programs (Athletics, Honors, Fraternities, Sororities etc.) at their Alma Mater, in their name.

3. Buy the Resume Guide for your Nonprofit or Government agency:

Nonprofits and government agencies can get a 25% discount off each copy of the Resume Guide.  Send us an email at mrobin@thehbcucareercenter.com for our Shopify coupon.

I have worked with many or you over the years, answering questions, writing resumes and supported your career development through this website.

We ask that you consider supporting this work for the new professionals behind you.

I’ll be happy to work with you on discounts for a larger number of books.

Send me questions or let me know your interest at mrobin(at)thehbcucareercenter(dot)com.

MarciaRobinson MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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Learning to code – The ultimate cheat sheet

Learning to codeThere are a ton of people exploring the idea of learning to code.

Where are people learning to code?

Coding boot camps, coding camps and coding dojos are popping up everywhere.

While the jury is still out on whether or not the government should offer financial aid to students signing up for coding boot camps, (See Slate.com article titled: Great! Now Washington Wants to Ruin Coding Boot Camps), a lot of people are getting excited about learning to code.

If you have set your next career goal as learning to code, Muse has put together an awesome infographic to help you make a decision about which computer language you might want to study.

Check out their Simple Guide to Figuring out Which Programming Language to Learn.

After perusing this infographic they call the “ultimate cheat sheet” you might be able to decide which software language you want to jump into first.

They go through program by program rating key criteria such as difficulty of the language, ease of use and where in industry you would find that type of software.  Best part? They tell you where the jobs are and what salaries to expect. They also give you a little bit of history of the language.  The languages include Python, Java, C, C++, Javascript, C#, Ruby, PHP and Objective C.

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How to Make Sure People Read Your LinkedIn Profile

Don’t you just love micro-learning?

I love these quick video lessons.  They are an awesome tool to get a bunch of information across in a very quick and compact way.  This video from Business Insider does just that.  Recruiter Donna Serdula shares 5 tips to make sure people read your LinkedIn profile.  From the header to her tips on giving recommendations, your LinkedIn profile is probably the best way out there for employers to find out a LOT about you in a very short time.  Remember that a busy recruiter doesn’t have a whole lot of time, so to make sure people read your LinkedIn profile, follow these tips!

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Smart Career Gifts for New Grads

2016 graduatesIt’s still commencement season and graduation gift giving is at it’s peak.  For the new graduate in your life, help to jump start the professional life with smart career gifts for new graduates.

Career gift # 1 is Professional attire.  Many new grads struggle to build a professional wardrobe.  Stick to retail gift card to stores specializing in business professional or business casual attire such as Men’s Warehouse or Jos A. Banks for men or Kasper and Ann Taylor for women.  This way new grads won’t spend the money on other things.

Career gift # 2 is a Starbucks gift card.  New grads may need to do some professional career networking over coffee or tea at a nearby Starbucks Coffee shop. It would be nice for a new graduate to be able to pick up the tab for hosting an informational interview or going out with new colleagues.

Career gift # 3 is a real leather portfolio.  Not “pleather”. Get real leather.  Graduation is a time to upgrade to professional accessories and this career gift will do that.   They can be pricy but it’s a really great investment.

Career gift # 4 is Passport fee.  I’ve been recommending this for a few years and new grads love it.  Write a check for passport fees, and include the passport application.

Carer gift # 5 is membership in a professional association. Find out about a career area of interest and pledge the membership fee for the first year for a new grad.

Career gift # 6 is the first student loan repayment.  New grads know only too well that college loans become due six months after graduation. Offer to pick up the first payment or the first few payments for a new grad.

Career gift # 7 is a tablet.  If the college graduate already has a smart phone, consider upgrading with an iPad or a similar tablet.

Career gift # 8 is transportation.  Doesn’t sound cool, but this is a necessity that new grads overlook.  Whether they have a job, looking for a job, apartment hunting etc,  they will need mobility until they get a paycheck.  This could be bus passes or tokens, gas card or navigation equipment.

Career gift # 9 is career coaching session. The job market is a competitive place for new grads.  Just as you would give a gift card for a spa treatment, gift a session with a professional career coach.  Find a coach you trust and make the connection or pay for a career assessment session.

Career gift #10 is magazine subscription.  There are certain magazines and media that will help new grads transition from college campus to the real world.  Some to consider: Fast Company, B.O.S.S. Mag, Black Enterprise and Success Magazine.  Find out where their occupational interests lie down the road.  Magazines and business media can help them get there.

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