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The Memo – A Book Review

September 6, 2020 11:58 pm Published by

The book is The Memo; What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Place at the Table. If you follow The HBCU Career Center, you know that we giveaway books to students, emerging professionals and career centers. So, it’s no surprise that when Minda Harts released her new book in late 2019, I picked up 17 copies. One for me, one for my daughter and 15 to give away. So far, I have given away 13 copies of The Memo to career center staff, students or new graduates... View Article

Four Tips To Write A Great Personal Statement

March 11, 2020 7:39 am Published by

By Andrea Byrd (Mississippi Valley State University) Student Career Journal is a series of articles written by HBCU college students about life on campus, career topics and the career and professional experiences of black historical figures. If you are going to grad school, it’s pretty clear that personal statements are on your mind. Primarily the personal statement is a subjective piece of work. However, once an application is attached to a personal statement more objective criteria like grammar efficiency, education details and college activities are highly important. There are some... View Article

After You Quit – 4 Things You Wish You Could Tell Your Old Boss

January 28, 2020 11:59 am Published by

It is possible that you and your manager will go in separate directions and never talk or see each other again after you quit. There are often unspoken words when those working relationships end. If by some miracle you had the chance to tell an old boss why you left or why you hated working for them, what would you say? Here is what I would. “You Don’t Self Crit!” Unfortunately, it’s all too common that within the workplace, employees feel like their bosses dole out a lot of criticism,... View Article

Working with Recruiters – Why Can’t I Reach You?

June 15, 2017 5:00 am Published by

If you want to frustrate recruiters in the job search process, go ahead and make it hard for them to reach you.  What is the point of having multiple email addresses and phone numbers on your resume and then no one can connect with you. Recruiters hate that. Bottom line is that when you are working with recruiters, they must be able to reach you! Trust me – if you list phone numbers and email addresses on your resume, you should be easily and quickly accessible in both ways. If... View Article

Smart Career Gifts for New Grads

May 9, 2016 1:30 pm Published by

It’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... View Article

The Secret to Getting that First Job

February 27, 2016 5:23 am Published by

Every year another group of anxious, yet excited, graduates get ready to receive to walk the stage and hold those diplomas high. Some of these grads will be wise and visit their campus career centers early to get a jump start on the job search to get that first job.  Unfortunately, most new grads will walk away from campus with a lot of debt and no job.  The Washington Post actually reports that four out of five students graduate without having that first job. After working with many college graduates on... View Article

Ace Phone Interviews with 12 Tips

May 23, 2015 10:17 pm Published by

It’s no secret – If you don’t ace phone interviews or if you blow the phone screening; your chances of going further as a job candidate are slim. Phone interviews are a really practical, low cost way for recruiters to narrow the field of candidates pretty quickly. It is a great way to quickly screen the initial field of candidates and make some preliminary decisions about setting up face-to-face meetings. If you learn how to ace phone interviews, you improve your chances of getting your resume moved from the “possible”... View Article

5 Big Workplace Skills Employers Want

August 19, 2014 2:26 am Published by

Employers usually are not shy about saying what workplace skills they need to see in the new graduates they hire.  In an article published in the Deseret Morning News, Wendy Leonard said, “Colleges and universities dump a lot of graduates into the work force, and yet some in the work force still need additional, specialized training to perform well in the jobs they choose.” Why do students need to learn these workplace skills in addition to their college degree?  The reason is simple.  Most employers feel that students should know... View Article

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