Tag Archive: employment trends

Join professional associations; Membership has rewards

November 7, 2019 9:22 am Published by

Membership has its rewards. “Man is a tool-using animal…Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all” ~ Thomas Carlyle Professional associations is one of the best tools out there if you are trying to get involved! We spend a lot of time being members of groups whether we define ourselves that way or not.  As children, we joined play teams, in high schools we were in sports or academic teams; in college we added Greek Life or clubs and as adults we are members of churches, community groups,... View Article

10 Things to Know about the Gig Economy

February 25, 2019 8:30 pm Published by

If you haven’t heard the term “Gig Economy” before, let me explain.  The gig economy is the concept of short term jobs and projects everywhere and all the time.   Technology, of course, is enabling this new gig economy and companies like Uber, Lyft or Grub Hub are some of the familiar examples where workers can jump into to work and jump out of work at their own convenience. Here are 10 things you should know about the gig economy. 1. Pew Research suggests that  “nearly 1 in 4 Americans... View Article

5 Ways Recruiters are Using Artificial Intelligence in Hiring

February 18, 2019 1:05 pm Published by

Whether you know it or not, using Artificial Intelligence in hiring is becoming more widespread. It shouldn’t surprise you because you are probably walking around campus with your smart phone or tablet cluttered with the latest apps to help you manage your life.  You are probably using apps to discover your favorite spots in your new college town, interacting with your favorite games and sports teams or your Alexa might even have woken you up today with your favorite programmed music.  You may even have interacted with artificial intelligence to... 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

Companies are Creating New Alumni Programs

April 25, 2018 5:11 pm Published by

There is another reason to never burn your bridges when you leave your company – You may want to go back one day.  And furthermore, the company may actually want you back! Employers are doing more to create a new type of alumni program.  Not the type you probably already know about where graduates from the same college join together to help recruit more employees from their alma mater.  This is the alumni program that HR offices are building where the “alumni” are actually former employees. In a recent publication... View Article

New York City Steps Up For Equal Pay

April 6, 2017 7:05 pm Published by

As of Wednesday, it is officially illegal for any potential employer in New York City, to ask a prospective employee to disclose their previous salary information. Passed in an overwhelming 47 to 3 vote, one day after the annual Equal-Pay-Day, this bill says that New York City job seekers will no longer have to fear how to answer the dreaded salary question in the job interview. This is the second of two recent strides against income inequality made by Public Advocate, Letitia James. The first was made in August 2016, when James released a report that... View Article

Is Your Prospective Employer Getting Diversity Right?

March 30, 2017 6:28 pm Published by

In many ways college is a safe space, a place where the burdens of under-representation for African Americans can be slightly offset by the pedagogical drive to innovate and create new knowledge. This is particularly the case at HBCU’s where students have the room to embark on the path of creating knowledge, developing the skills that they’ll need, but also growing in a space that positively cultivates their Blackness in tandem with its rich history. So for many of these African American students, the idea of exiting post-secondary and entering into... View Article

Teaching Job Skills Employers Want With Digital Education

March 13, 2017 11:14 am Published by

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has launched a new digital education initiative. The program officially titled “Technology Applications for Professional Success” is funded by Title III grants to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  The project started off in a rather unique way that involved students — “updating” the university’s story on Wikipedia. According to Dean of Student Affairs, Marcia Robinson, the goal of the program is to make sure students understand the way that technology and the new economy of information are having “an impact in our everyday lives.”... View Article

7 Ways the Workforce is Changing

October 30, 2016 1:36 pm Published by

The workforce is changing and some of the questions to ask are – Am I keeping up?  How am I preparing to stay competitive?  What do I know about employment trends? If you work with college students as much as I do, you too might find yourself thinking hard about whether or not colleges and training programs are preparing the workforce in a manner consistent with how the workforce is changing.  I read an article today in Forbes.com, that made me think that some of us still have a ways... View Article

20 Common Job Search Mistakes

September 2, 2015 12:59 pm Published by

If you have read my blog before, you know I love lists. They are a great way to get to the heart of the issue really fast. So after being in many conversations over the last several weeks about new grads who can’t find jobs, I wanted to just remind everyone of the 20 common job search mistakes updated for 2015.  Chances are that no one is making all of these job search mistakes, but if you have been struggling with a job search, you might want to consider these... View Article



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