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

6 Twitter Job Search Strategies for Students

September 12, 2020 6:30 pm Published by

At the core of your Twitter job search has to be your own Twitter account! No brainer right? So know that you can’t do a Twitter job search without having your own professional Twitter account. Your first priority would be setting that up. We won’t cover that here, because it is rather easy and intuitive to follow the instructions to do it. What we will say though is to make sure your Twitter account stays professional. Doesn’t mean you can’t be personal, fun or show your personality. It just means... View Article

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 have followed The HBCU Career Center over the last decade, you know that we have given away a lot of 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... View Article

HBCU Online Education Offers Perfect Balance

September 2, 2020 7:44 pm Published by

The U.S. Department of Education (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011) reported that Blacks are more likely to enroll and complete their entire academic undergraduate coursework online (Moore, 2014). This was more than any other demographic group. However, others are jumping on the online education movement as well. A recent Forbes article stated that “Even before the pandemic, Research and Markets forecasted the online education market as $350 Billion by 2025.” Although Blacks are increasingly accessing online education programs, many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) still don’t have programs.... View Article

Women Leave Science Careers

August 31, 2020 12:00 pm Published by

The MIT Technology Review reported that even though equal amounts of men and women pursue graduate degrees in science a significant number of women leave science careers both in the private sector and academia. Why women leave science careers? Apparently the reasons are many. Nature.com says that nearly half of US women leave science careers after the birth of their first child. One study of 841 scientists revealed that more than 40 percent of women leave their full time science jobs after having a first child versus only 23 percent... View Article

Explore Niche Job Boards

August 28, 2020 2:18 pm Published by

The US economy is in recovery and employers are increasing the number of new job openings every month.  Niche job boards are an excellent way to find job openings from employers looking specifically for groups of interested applicants. What are Niche Job Boards Niche job boards or niche job sites are online job search websites where employers can target candidates with specific interests.  Most niche job boards lists jobs that are specific to certain industries so job seekers can increase the odds of finding a job in their industry.  Many job boards also attract... View Article

Trump’s Executive Order on Federal Student Loans Could Give Biden Trouble

August 25, 2020 5:00 pm Published by

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos officially implemented measures that will extend the deferment of federal student loans via the CARES Act. The extension not only pauses loan payments on student loans but reduces the interest to 0 percent through December 2020. While the current administration hasn’t been strong on the issue of student debt, it could prove a difficult topic for Joe Biden to beat Trump on this November. Though the student loan relief measures were set to expire at the end of August, President Trump noted that it was “appropriate... View Article

What Are HBCUs Doing To Stay Safe for Re-opening?

August 22, 2020 7:00 pm Published by

Why Re-Opening is Hard for HBCUs in particular.  During this pandemic, Morehouse College, one of the most reputable and well funded HBCUs,   is predicting enrollment will drop 25 percent in the Fall of 2020. This has prompted furloughs, layoffs, and everything in between to manage labor costs. It can be hard to understate the kind of monetary help that HBCUs all across the US needed before the pandemic. So with  COVID-19 slashing enrollment rates, HBCUs are looking to make coming back to school as appealing and safe..   Staying Remote... View Article

Resources for Black Professionals to find Freelance Work

August 20, 2020 5:45 pm Published by

Freelancing is a battle. Each day you wake up and prove your worth to people who could fire you at any minute or not pay you when the project is doneAs a freelancer trying to find your footing in a Gig Economy, you want to establish some healthy work boundaries, but saying no in a state of flux is so hard. These anxieties can just multiply when you’re a Black freelancer working against the systemic racism baked into employment at large. I’ve been there, and while there may be no... View Article

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