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What is Your Vision?

What is your vision? What instincts are guiding you towards your goals?

Bishop T.D. Jakes spoke this powerful message on one of Oprah’s Life Class shows. Bishop Jakes talked about instincts and the power behind learning to listen to your instincts.

My favorite is the story of the Giraffe and the Turtle. Imagine yourself as the giraffe. You reach to the top of the tree and that is where you find your food. Imagine the turtle as the people who have not understood your passion, and tried to hold you back or hold you down. The turtle represents your haters and all of the negative naysayers. The turtle finds his food on the ground. You both have different views of the world. We eat at the level of our vision. The turtle can’t reach the heights of the giraffe and if the giraffe bends down to the turtle all the blood rushes to his head, and he becomes unconscious.

Be the giraffe! When you are built to be tall you will endanger your position if you lower your perspective. You cannot explain to a turtle a giraffe decision. A turtle will not understand your instinct to reach higher. But that does not make the turtle bad or wrong, it is not their vision. Stop allowing turtles to hold you back.

Bishop T.D. Jakes-Instinct

Vote for Success Creators to WIN the GWUL Thursday Network Pitch Contest

Please vote for Success Creators to win the MicroGrant competition by clicking "like" on the video directly from the Thursday Network – Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) Young Professionals FaceBook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/ThursdayNetwork/posts/1527812813907378

Success Creators serves to bridge the gap and connect the right employees to the right companies! #SuccessCreators #GWUL #ThursdayNetwork #MicrograntCompetition

#MoneyMonday – How to Raise Money for Your Startup

Today is #MoneyMonday Do you need money and funding for your project, film production, music demo tracks, small business, idea, concept, app development, or entrepreneurial pursuit?

Ask for it!

Top Sites for Crowdfunding and Startups
UPDATED: As of July 24, 2017
http://citystartuplabs.com/
https://www.indiegogo.com/
http://www.appbackr.com/
http://www.moola-hoop.com/
http://www.gofundme.com/
https://www.kickstarter.com/
https://angel.co/
http://www.investedin.com/
https://zip.kiva.org/
https://www.rockethub.com/

Small Business Grants
http://www.businessgrants.org/

Washington DC 2017 Career Fair – Renaissance Hotel (July 20, 2017)

The Washington DC 2017 Career Fair is being held at the Renaissance Hotel on July 20. Job seekers who register on EventBrite are given early priority access and can arrive at 9:30 AM with an EventBrite Ticket.

This Professional Hiring Event is free for job seekers to attend.

To register visit here: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/washington-dc-metro-career-fair-meet-with-hiring-employers-tickets-25270472664?aff=eiosprexshreclip&ref=eiosprexshreclip

Open Positions include:
Regional Sales Manager

Customer Service Associate

Account Manager
Call Center Representative
Financial Services Representative
Bank Teller
Administrative Assistant
Customer Service Representative
I.T Help Desk
Regional Sales Manager
Retail Manager
Admissions Counselor
Licensed Customer Service Representative
Sales Agent and Commissioned Sales Agent
Account Clerk Specialist
Accounting Technician
Admin Analyst II
Admin Analyst III
Admin Secretary II
Associate Accountant
Community Services Officer
Digital Marketing Associate
Digital Marketing Associate
Website Designer
Sr. QA Automation Engineer
Sr. Software Engineer
Web Administrator
Accounting Intern
Channel Sales Development Representative
Inside Sales Representative
Lead Development Representative
Mid-Market Sales Development Representative
Sales Development Representative
Human Resource Generalist
Human Resource Manager
    

Professional Dress is required and bringing additional copies of your resume is strongly recommended. 
We will see you there. 

Washington, D.C. Career Fair

Washington, D.C. Career Fair – To Register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/washington-dc-career-fair-tickets-26741248795?aff=eiosprexshrefabk&ref=eiosprexshrefabk
Meet face to face with top employers hiring for Sales, Customer Service, Dispatcher, Retail, Financial Services, Management, I.T., Healthcare, Government, Education, Accounting and more. 
If you have been looking for a new career or just ready to start a new job you don’t want to miss this exciting hiring event. 
Professional Dress is required and bringing additional copies of your resume is strongly recommended. 
What to expect ? 
Multiple employers hiring for open positions throughout the D.C. Metro Area.
Great Networking opportunities in a relaxed, professional environment
Face to face meetings with recruiters, managers and human resources professionals.
100% free event to attend

Free Resource for Small Business Owners

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.

SBDC advisors provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.
https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/sbdc?from_mobile=true

How to find money, land internships, and attend school debt free! 

To those that owe Sallie Mae, those of you seeking higher education, those seeking to get their foot in the door or a career change, or those with children this information is for you! How to find money, land internships, and attend school debt free!
Already in debt? Accumulated a rack of student loans? Here are some options:

 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service

Teacher Loan Forgiveness:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher

Military Student Loan Forgiveness Programs:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher

Research Federal Government Employee College Loan Repayment Programs and Private Companies…
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Just graduated college now what? Here are some options to get your career started!

Presidential Management Fellows Program for Graduate Students/Graduates: http://www.pmf.gov/
College career advisor and career center for help with writing a resume, employment opportunities, and alumni career support.
LinkedIn – Create a complete professional profile and join LinkedIn groups related to your desired career. This is a recruitment tool used by many companies! Also a great way to network.

https://touch.www.linkedin.com/?sessionid=6321123258007552&rs=false&redirectUrl=%23stream&ahoy=no#stream

Military Enlisted and Officer Programs – Contact your local military recruiter for info on loan repayment options and available jobs opportunities.

http://todaysmilitary.com/contact-a-recruiter

Use your network! Friends, family, classmates, local meetup groups, associates, and organizations are great resources!
Check out Indeed.com for jobs and to research salaries (Google search is good for researching salaries and job opportunities too!):

http://www.indeed.com/m/
For private industry jobs: Go directly to the company site and research two things: Job Opportunities and the Hiring Officials.

You will use the hiring officials names to personally address your cover letters. Plus it is good to call an follow up on the status after submitting your application.
For Federal Positions post graduation and Internships for high school and college students (search for the term “Pathways”) visit: USAJobs.gov
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Money, Money, Money for School!
Complete the FAFSA application and talk with the college finance department. You or your child may be eligible for grants, or loans (if needed).

 

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

 

Download and/or visit the one stop shop created by the Million Dollar Scholar Kid for Scholarships!

 

Scholly: Scholarship Search by Scholly, LLC

myscholly.com
Create a donor list and call/write/email each person (this list can include family, friends, pastor, old teachers, church family, hair clients, former coworkers, any affiliated sororities or organizations, etc.)

 

Contact your elected officials for scholarship opportunities (Governor, Senator, House Delegates, etc. Call the office and ask specifically for scholarships)

 

Check with your church to see if they are offering scholarships; ask local organizations about scholarship opportunities like fraternities/sororities/Urban League/NAACP/BIG/etc.

 

If your or your child are a STEM major look up the STOKES Scholarship which offers 100% tuition, an internship, and guaranteed employment for minority students: http://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/10288/stokes_educational_scholarship_program_scholarship.php

 

Visit School Soup

http://schoolsoup.com/

 

Need dorm room supplies:

 

Plan a Trunk Party/Farewell Event…register at local stores like Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond to get the needed items for your apartment or dorm.

 

To prepare for your career and get paid: Seek internships, volunteer and paid gigs that give you the experience desired. Your college career advisor and network is a great resource to find volunteer opportunities, internships, and jobs.

Land Your Dream Career!

Frequently I am asked about scholarships, internships and pathways to entering into the Federal Government or the private industry. Here is information that I compiled that may be useful for you, your children, or graduates/transitioning adults.

Tips for Transitioning Adults and Students:

Step 1: Conduct a job search to research and determine eligible positions. Carefully review the requirements and ensure that your skills, education, and professional experience meet the requirements. Recommended sites:
· Indeed (http://www.indeed.com/)
· USAJobs (https://www.usajobs.gov/)
· Career One Stop (http://www.careeronestop.org/site/american-job-center.aspx)
· Intelligence Careers (https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/)

Step 2: Develop Training/Education Plan:
· (Students) Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor at your university to discuss a degree plan that is aligned with your desired career.
· (Transitioning Adults) Search for professional certification programs, academic programs at both major universities and community colleges, look for training opportunities within your organization and free online/in class training options.
· (All) Look for professional certification grants, college scholarships, and training opportunities. Career One Stop is a great resource: (http://www.careeronestop.org/FindTraining/find-training.aspx)

Step 3: (Students) Find money for college
· Submit your FAFSA Application: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
· Use the Scholly App to easily search for scholarships: http://home.myscholly.com/
· Scholarships for Students Interested in Intelligence Careers (Variety of Professions Cyber/IT, HR, Criminal Justice, Linguists, STEM, Business Management/Acquisition, etc.): https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html

Step 4: Apply for Internship/Fellowship
· Students and Recent Graduates: https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads
· Presidential Management Fellows Program (For Advanced Degree Graduates e.g., master’s, Ph.D., J.D.): https://www.pmf.gov/

Step 5: Network!
· Create a LinkedIn profile. Join industry groups and connect with professionals from your desired industry on LinkedIn.
· Contact your career advisor for help seeking internships/jobs.
· Connect with professors, members from your college alumni association, friends, family, mentors, colleagues, fellow members of professional organizations, fraternities, sororities, religious organizations, and volunteer organizations for references or leads for jobs.
· Attend Job Fairs and talk with recruiters to gain insight on desired skills and tips for landing the job! Do a search online for job fairs or contact your career advisor.
o Hiring Our Heroes: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/events/hiringfairs
o National Career Fairs: http://www.nationalcareerfairs.com/
o Intelligence Careers: https://intelligencecareers.com/events/

· Join professional organizations to network and gain industry inside knowledge. Examples of organizations include:
o National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA): http://www.nfbpa.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3916
o Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA): http://www.bdpa.org/
o Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA): http://www.afcea.org/site/
o National Security Executives and Professionals: http://www.nsepa.com/
o Federally Employed Women: https://www.few.org/
o Blacks in Government: http://www.bignet.org/

SCHEDULED CAREER FAIRS & OPEN HOUSES (East Coast – Maine to Florida)

Visit Career Fairs East Coast (www.careerfairs-eastcoast.com) for a current list of career fairs and open houses! The listings include general career fairs, career fairs for those with security clearances, and websites that store resumes for jobseekers. Special notes: Check with both the sponsor and the hosting facility for listed Career Fairs and Open Houses before leaving home. Pre-registration or early registration can often make for easier access. Many Career Fair providers now require that you pre-register and do not accept resumes onsite. Some require early registration if not holding Military ID. When attending Career, Fairs be sure to bring more resumes than you plan to distribute. When attending, an Open House be sure to bring a half-dozen copies of your resume. Also, note the resources listed at the end of this career fair listing. These resources are categorized by type of search. Please feel free to forward this listing to others you feel can benefit from the information and ability to plan. To receive your own copy of the listing please request such at: jimditt@careerfairs-eastcoast.com. Next distribution scheduled for July 2, 2017. Find the Career Fairs and Open Houses here: http://www.careerfairs-eastcoast.com