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Values, Interests, Skills and Abilities

Influence Career Choices

Career ToolKit

Resume RejectionHistorically Black Colleges and Universities employ thousands of professionals who are committed to the education, welfare and development of their students and communities. Since many HBCU’s have limited budgets sometimes employee professional development and staff training is just not in the cards. In many cases, HBCU staff neglect their own professional development as they work to develop their students.  The career resources here all support HBCU employees,

TheHBCUCareerCenter.com invites HBCU employees to use items in the career toolkit and suggest other resources you find useful.

1. Post jobs and search for jobs at TheHBCUCareerCenter.com

Post jobs and look for jobs at TheHBCUCareerCenter and get exposure on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. HBCU’s get 50% Discount for posting campus employment opportunities. Email us at thehbcucareercenter@yahoo.com for your school’s discount code.

2. Questions about professional development – ASK Us

There is a ton of free career information and professional development resources on the internet. However, not all of it is relevant or even correct. If you need help separating fact from fiction, send us your questions using the ASK Us feature on the home page.  You can also book free career consultations via our Facebook calendar.

3. Discover our Career Development Model

A key item in our career toolkit is our 5-Point Career Development Model to help us  have conversations with diverse students, alumni and professionals about career planning. It isn’t necessary to use these 5 points in any particular order.  The goal is to find out where you are, what you need to improve and jump in!

Point #1 – Personal Exploration

Career assessment tools help you explore your V.I.S.A – Values, Interests, Skills and Abilities.  These are some of the important factors that will influence your life and career choices. The more you understand about yourself, the better you will be able to evaluate options and make decisions.

Point #2 – Expand Career and Industry Awareness

Expanding your knowledge and awareness of careers and industries is a must for anyone looking to find their place in the current evolving workplace.  This research is how you will know which skills and competencies are currently in demand and which skills will be in demand in the future.

Point #3 – Create and Manage a Personal Brand

Everyone must take ownership of their own career plans and personal brand. Whether you are a student, a new graduate, an emerging professional or a seasoned expert, you must definitely understand how to become the kind of professional that the labor market needs. Resumes, communication skills, interviewing skills, networking, social media and personal image management are all critical to building a personal brand.

Point #4 – Gain Experience

Experiencing meaningful, non-trivial professional experiences is a major part of ca success career strategy and impacts your longer term career satisfaction.  Experience while in college will come through work, internships, co-ops, field experiences, volunteer opportunities and even study-abroad. Explore the college campus for the departments that organize these types of activities.  It is possible to have a competitive resume with significant experience even before you graduate.

Point #5 – Life After College

Emerging professionals and new alumni must develop plans for successful transitions to life after college. No one expects you to miss out on the fun of pre-graduation experiences, but I will tell you that the grads who transition successfully, do a little bit of planning and thinking ahead.  The resources here will help with Graduate School,  finding success in the first years on the job and just basically increasing knowledge of the world around you.

Next Steps

1. Follow The HBCU Career Center on Twitter or connect on Facebook for current, relevant updates on career trends, what employers seek and how to develop a marketable brand.

2. Email us at thehbcucareercenter@yahoo.com with additional resource links. Thanks to the HBCU students, alumni and staff who have already submitted links to the free (or low cost) resources listed here.

3. Explore the membership area of our site with resources and tools to expand on each of the 5 points in this career development model.

Question about a resource here? ASK Us.

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