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

Michelle Obama Has a Podcast

August 20, 2020 10:00 am Published by

Maybe you have heard and maybe you haven’t, but Michelle Obama has a podcast! The internet has been buzzing with the news. By the way, the internet buzzes with news of everything she does. So the news that Michelle Obama has a podcast, was no different. Just think about the buzz about the gold V.O.T.E. necklace she wore for her recorded speech, as she capped off the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Based on the post launch buzz, the podcast has been delivering so far! Of course... View Article

Green Jobs Continue to Explode

August 18, 2020 2:19 am Published by

A recent study revealed that the US green economy generates $1.3 trillion and created 9.5 million of workers.  To document some of the growth in this sector, the Bureau of Labor Statistics developed the Green Jobs Initiative a few years ago.  The goal was to develop and publish information in three areas. First, on the number of workers and trend over time of workers in green jobs. Second was to document the industrial, occupational, and geographic distribution of the jobs. Third was to collect and publish the information on the... View Article

Why Does Mackenzie Scott’s $1.7 billion Donation to HBCUs Feel a Bit Off?

August 16, 2020 5:30 pm Published by

After pledging to give most of her fortune back to society last year, Mackenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, just announced that she will donate $160 million to to six different  HBCU’s this week. Her wave of generosity is part of a $1.7 billion pledge to organizations doing “transformative” work in areas like racial equality, LGBTQ rights, and climate change.  Of the 106 HBCUs in existence, Howard University, Hampton University, Spelman College, Tuskegee University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Morehouse College each were allotted an eight figure donation.... 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

Resume Tips from Google, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs

August 9, 2020 8:37 am Published by

Resumes continue to be a big part of the job search and the hiring process. They are not going away! The HBCU Career Center shares resume tips because one of our goals is to end resume fails! We created and use the #EndResumeFails hashtag across our social media sites because we believe that too many resumes are tossed into the trash for formatting and content issues that could very easily be addressed. Although these resume tips are from recruiters and HR professionals at Google, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs, they apply... View Article

Delaware State University Buys Wesley College

August 5, 2020 3:24 pm Published by

This is unusual.  This is good! Spend a few minutes online googling “HBCU” and you will find articles that are quick to address the financial woes faced by many of these colleges and universities. So to see the news that Delaware State University, affectionately known as Del State, is financially sound enough to be purchasing Wesley College, is really exciting news. Don’t let the well publicized financial challenges fool you though because HBCUs have consistently produced successful college graduates for almost 200 years. About Delaware State University Del State is the... View Article

Black Teen Unemployment High During Coronavirus

August 1, 2020 12:47 pm Published by

The US Department of Labor released the employment numbers for July 2020.  The July jobs report showed non farm payroll went up by 1.8 million jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 10.2%. This reflects people returning to work as companies slowly reopened. The numbers are not good overall, but it is concerning that the unemployment rate among African American teens stands at 22.5%, down from the peak of shutdown in May of 34.9%. The Black teen unemployment rate typically lags other demographic groups and this time is no different... View Article

You Still Have to Excel in Your Virtual Internship

July 22, 2020 9:45 am Published by

Kudos to you for landing a summer internship during this pandemic. In all fairness, we wouldn’t have held it against you if you had not. It has been a trying year and having to abruptly leave campus, many HBCU students did not even get the chance to work with career services on campus on internship applications. Many companies also pulled back their internship offers or scrapped plans for internships all together. Others, like Bank of America, quickly envisioned and deployed virtual internships. As you jump into your virtual internships you... View Article

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