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The HBCU Career Center Launches Themed Months on Facebook! We hope you will LIKE it...
Last year we had lots of questions about if or when we would launch a Facebook page and why we didn't already have one. The fact is we were using Twitter pretty successfully to send spurts of relevant, timely career information to our HBCU family. However, as I reflected over break about how career centers really work best, we decided to launch our Facebook page with a focus on themed months. This way, instead of blogging, we will use Facebook to share more detailed career information based on what 13 years in career management has taught us in terms of priorities for people during the year.
Here's what we have done thus far and ave planned for the next several months. We would love your participation and support as we continue to enhance career and professional development of HBCU students, alumni, staff and community of support. In addition to the themes below, we will continue to share career, workplace information in addition to new jobs on our job board.
Apr & May 2013 - Countdown to Graduation, Internships, Summer Jobs and Study Abroad
Jun & Jul 2013 - Summer Job Success, Launching Careers, New Grad Job Search
Aug 2013 - Ending Internships, New Grad Job Search, Choosing a College or Choosing a Major
Sep 2013 - College Success, New Grad Job Search, First Year on the Job
Tell us your thoughts about what you would like to see us do to support the work of campus career centers who unselfishly serve their diverse HBCU communities.
The HBCU Career Center Team!
3 Cheap Ways to Enhance your Professional Brand in 2013
We are moving into another year of slim prospects for pay increases. Compensation experts Aon Hewitt expects 2013 base pay to rise about 3 % for executive, salaried exempt and salaried nonexempt positions. They are also forecasting an increase of about 2.9 % for nonunion hourly and 2.6 % for union positions. Whether or not there is a pay raise in your future next year, the responsibility is still on you to enhance your professional brand. In other words, you have to move forward with your own career plan and manage your professional brand whether there is a reward from your company or not. Keep in mind that you are preparing for your next opportunity which may or may not be with your current organization.
Here are 3 relatively inexpensive ways to enhance your professional brand in 2013.
Get Certified - This might just be the year you choose to add a certification to your credentials. Do the research and find out the costs associated with credentials relevant for your field. No matter the cost, compared to the cost of getting a new degree, certification is still a huge bargain. Use the certification finder at CareerInfonet.org to explore certifications as a way to enhance your professional brand.
Join a Professional Association
There are many advantages to joining professional associations. It is one of the best things you can do to enhance your professional brand at relatively low cost. Professional associations will help you connect with people in your occupation, provides information on trends in your field and offers opportunities for continued learning. Explore a list of professional associations for your field here.
Take a Class at Community College
Despite all the hoopla about the cost of higher education, community colleges continue to be a phenomenal bargain. Based on research from the College Affordability and Transparency Center at the US Department of Education, the national average tuition for public 2-year college is $2527 annually. Cut that in half for one semester only and further divide that amount by about 4 to get the cost of taking one class. How much could you improve your professional brand with a computer class, an event planning class or a business communication class? Think about your own job and look for places to improve and add value to what you have to offer.
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Since the first HBCUs were established in the early 1800's, these colleges and universities have evolved into a diverse set of nationally recognized institutions. The diversity at American HBCU's, despite what many people think, is not limited to the demograhics of the students who attend. Diversity at HBCU's is also evidenced by the thousands of faculty, staff and administrators who serve and support these students and their institutions. Despite financial challenges, HBCU's as a group, continue to produce competitive college graduates capable of translating their education and experience into lifelong employability. While representing only 3% of the nation's post-secondary institutions, HBCU's graduate 25% of African Americans with undergraduate degrees. TheHBCUCareerCenter was established to support the professional development of the students, alumni and staff of these historic institutions.