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Interview Like a P.R.O. Workshop

November 17, 2020 8:35 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Interview Like a P.R.O. Workshop The HBCU Career Center developed the Interview Like a P.R.O. technique over a decade ago. We have coached many people on how to use this interview technique to improve their job search outcomes. Since the interview phase is a critical part of the job search process, it makes perfect sense to focus on improving you job interview skills! Therefore, if you are thinking about finding a new job, new career or a new internship, know that your interview skills can really derail your job search.... View Article

Job Interview Tips for New Grads

November 13, 2020 8:13 am Published by

More than 3 million new grads pick up college degrees every spring. Only about a quarter (24%) of these new grads are planning to head to grad school. Some new grads travel and explore, but most of these new grads head straight into the job market. One of the biggest job search hurdles for new grads will be the job interview.  Therefore I assembled this reading list of job interview tips for new grads. Before the Job Interview Do your research and expand your career and industry awareness.  One of the... View Article

End Resume Fails and Ace your Job Interview

November 6, 2020 8:05 am Published by

We are on a mission at The HBCU Career Center to end resume fails. Our philosophy is that one of the best ways to prepare for any job interview is to truly commit and immerse yourself in the resume writing process.  After years of looking at a myriad of resumes, many of which were really bad, I ended up writing a Resume Guide: How to Look Good on Paper. How to End Resume Fails? I decided that to end resume fails, we needed to explain to people how the resume writing process... View Article

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Talk About Projects in Job Interviews

October 30, 2020 8:00 am Published by

Projects completed are great examples of practical use of your knowledge. If you share project information on a resume, it is still a good idea to talk about projects in job interviews. Keep in mind that the recruiter’s thinking process goes something like this – “The best indicator of future behavior of an employee or an intern in my company is that person’s past behavior.”  So, when you talk about projects in job interviews you are reassuring the recruiter that you have actually used the skills before.   For example, rather... View Article

Tips for Working with Employment Agencies

October 12, 2020 6:00 pm Published by

When the job search stalls, an employment agency could be the shot in the arm that a job seeker needs. An employment agency helps employers fill their vacant positions. They do this in two ways. First, they screen and submit the best job applicants and they serve as an advocate for job applicants. They do this by promoting the job applicant’s credentials to the employer. There are many myths about how an employment agency works with job seekers. Understanding some of the terms  used in the staffing industry helps clarify... View Article

Phone Interviews are Still a Thing – Even in the Age of Zoom

August 12, 2020 7:41 am Published by

So you are thinking that in the days of Zoom, FaceTime and Skype you don’t need to prepare phone interviews. Well you would be wrong if that is how you are thinking. Phone interviews still matter and this article on 10 Ways to ACE phone interviews still has valuable tips. Why are phone interviews still being used? First, you probably recognize why phone meetings with recruiters are being used right now. The big reason is that phone interviews lower costs. So do Zoom, FaceTime and Skype but those video tools probably take... View Article

Student Career Journal: Mock Interviews at MVSU

November 19, 2019 12:01 pm Published by

By Andrea Byrd Student Career Journal is a series of articles written by HBCU Students about career events, workshops and opportunities on their campus in order to encourage students to take advantage of the career services offered at their school. Mississippi Valley State University’s help students do a mock interview every semester.  The interviews are conducted by the Career Services Center (CSC) professional staff. The Career Services Center at the Valley offers resources to current students and alumni. The Centre has a number of programs and services designed to connect students... View Article

So You Missed Your Job Interview

May 27, 2019 10:33 am Published by

  So you missed your job interview.  It happens.  Just know that recruiters hate an empty interview chair! The fact is that it is harder to make a good impression at the job interview, if you don’t show up for the job interview.  Then it is even harder to recover after missing the interview. Having said that, there are many reasons that you could be a no-show for a scheduled interview.  It happened to me once.  My train broke down and I sat on an Amtrak for four hours one... View Article

Artificial Intelligence in Hiring; AI is all over your Job Search

May 13, 2018 4:02 pm Published by

If you are graduating soon, you should know that recruiters are increasingly using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the hiring process.  That voice on the other end of the phone could be a real person or a real computer like a Chatbot or an Avatar of some kind. You probably won’t know.  See how companies like Ikea, L’Oreal and PepsiCo are using the hiring robot Vera in the recruiting process. For the last several years the big issue I talked to new grads about was how to manage social media in... View Article

I’m just looking for a good place to work

January 15, 2018 9:58 pm Published by

One of the most stressful parts of the job search is evaluating whether or not a certain company would be a good place to work – for you.  Questions you ask yourself could be – How do I pick a good place to work? How do I know if I will like working in a certain company? A recent article in the Society for Human Resource Management magazine looked at data from the Effective Workplace Index which identified characteristics of high performing versus low performing organizations.  The index compares how... View Article



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