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The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- For more than a year leading up to the recently completed General Elections, I’ve written about Voter Suppression, gerrymandering, the Black vote and voters.  

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Developing Black CEOs

According to research conducted by Richard Zweigenhaft, a psychology professor at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., though Blacks account for more than 13 percent of the U.S. population, 

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Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Abuse in the Workplace

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal

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The Decision to Handle Rejection

The Decision to Handle Rejection

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life.“Man’s rejection can be God’s direction.  God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment–where we wouldn’t have thought of going on our own.  

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How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

(StatePoint) Everyone faces setbacks in life.

While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal motivators, say experts. 

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A Brave New World for College Grads: Hunting Down a Job in a Tough Economy

Written by Saint Joseph's University on 17 February 2009.

Unfortunately, in an economy like today’s, Matthew Brink, director of Career Development at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, has no secret tricks for landing a job. “It’s all about using the tried and true tactics for job hunting, but giving the process more time and effort,” he says.

Those tactics, according to Brink, include networking, targeting your job search, and responding to postings.

“We’re telling students the same things we’ve always told them: start early, share you resume with the career services office, attend the many networking events our office hosts throughout the year.”

Brink has the numbers to prove he’s not just blowing smoke. Surveys conducted by the University’s Career Development Center consistently show that graduates who make use of their services land jobs sooner and make more money. In 2008 alone, graduates who sought the help of the Center while at SJU are making nearly $12,000 more annually compared to those who went at it alone.

Brink says the first of those “tried and true tactics” he preaches about every year, networking, is especially critical in today’s market. Along with downsizing comes the shrinking of human resources staff and recruiters.

“We see companies beginning to limit their job postings as a cost savings,” he explains. “They move from marketing to gatekeeping. Students who leverage their contacts with alumni may be able to get on the inside track.”

“What job –seeking college grads may need to consider in this climate is compromise,” Brink adds. “If the goal is to sell pharmaceuticals, I say try selling other consumer goods like food or air conditioners, and sell them well. If the goal is to work for a Big Four accounting firm, consider a smaller one until the economy rebounds.”