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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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Campus Jobs are Real Jobs Too!

campus jobsWorking throughout the college experience is a reality for most HBCU college students. If you are lucky enough to land one of the jobs on campus, I encourage you to take your work seriously. Campus jobs are real jobs too and should be taken seriously as legitimate opportunities to gain new skills, build your professional network and earn real money…without the commute.

Putting aside the schedule flexibility and the short commute, college students can gain the following real advantages by working in campus jobs.

1. Meet college and university staff beyond the classroom. Supervisors who are impressed by student workers are often willing to write letters of recommendation or provide professional references.

2. Gain real, marketable skills in your preferred career area. College campuses are just like other organizations with employees in pretty much every functional area. From public relations to food service to library services, there are thousands of campus jobs.

3. Learn how to execute an effective job search process.  Landing campus jobs is one of the first experiences college students have with independently walking through the job search process or connecting with the career center staff on campus.

4. Develop actual professional soft skills which are necessary for future workplace success. Office etiquette, workplace social savvy, communication skills, following instructions etc. are all valuable skills that college students need to learn.

Campus jobs are real jobs too and our HBCU college students need to use the opportunity to develop real networking relationships and real job skills.

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Graduating with No Work Experience? No Problem

If you are graduating from cono skills or experiencellege and have little or no work experience in the field, you better start thinking about how to sell yourself in the job interview.  If you think you have too little related work experience or no internships, you should be thinking hard about what other relevant experience to sell in the job interview.

Keep in mind that employers are not as interested in where you developed the skills you have, as much as they want to know which job skills you have. Even if you have little to no work experience, employers are extremely interested in the knowledge, abilities, work ethic and attitude you do have.  The way to demonstrate these in job interviews is to share relevant stories from your personal life, classroom or extra curricular experiences.

For example:
Let’s say you finished a hospitality or culinary program, with some hands on training – maybe a restaurant class. Plus you have experience catering events for church or community organization. Even if you have no work experience in a real restaurant, you still have some experiences to talk about in a job interview.  The ultimate goal for job search success is to share your strongest relevant job skills and best personal attributes with employers in the job interview.

Prepare for the job interview in 3 steps:

1. Make a list of the job skills and competencies employers in your field want from new employees.  The HBCU career center can help.
2. Think about personal experiences that demonstrate each of these job skills and competencies. Remember that experiences do not have to be paid!
3. For each job skill and competency find the best example in your past to demonstrate the job skill and competency.

Use these examples in the job interview to increase chances of a second interview.

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