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I recently read a great article that suggested some fresh new resume tips to get your 2014 job search started on the right foot, and hopefully ending soon. The point is to make that resume work for you! Often enough the only time we think of updating our résumé is when we make a career change, so like many job seekers you may be updating and revising the same old resume that you have used for years. Let’s give that a rest shall we? The key to landing an interview and being noticed among the crowd of anxious and eager job hunters is to set yourself apart, what better way to do that than to put to use some new trends and tips for sprucing up your résumé. A simple makeover could be the difference between 4 more weeks of unemployment and that first paycheck.

So take advantage of Jessica Holbrook Hernandez’s advice and give your résumé a fresh start for 2014:

Her advice is geared to a tech savvy audience, but even if technology is not your strong point, or if the concepts of social media elude you then consider working with a professional resume writing service or coach. Professional services like this vary a great deal in what they offer and the price. It’s up to you to  weigh the pros and cons. Even a great resume can improve when subject to a professional eye, and a mediocre resume can gain a competitive edge potentially all that’s needs to put you one step closer to an offer letter.


Sprinavasa Brown, Editor

Mosaic Metier

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Posted by | January 3, 2014 | Mosaic Blog

Good things

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What Not to Say In an Interview

Posted by | December 30, 2013 | Mosaic Blog

InterviewWhen you are a new prospect for a job it is very easy to get caught up in trying to impress your new boss, but you really need to know what not to say in an interview so that you do not come out looking like a Lone Ranger. It is important that you do not emphasize the words “I” and “Me” as this will give your new boss the feeling that you try to work alone and not as a team. Many employers want people who are willing to work together as a team and not try and handle their business single-handed.

Always keep in mind that the employer is hiring you to work with them and you must let them know that you are willing to work as a team member, and not alone, unless of course they expect you to work alone. Another thing that I strongly suggest that you not say in an interview is to bring up anything at all that will sound negative.

A job interview should always be positive even if you have had past failures, leave the past in the past and look to the future with a fresh start – assuming you have learned from the past failures, and you do not bring them to the future jobs. It is very important that you know what not to say in an interview, as it is what you should say, because we always want to say things that we think they want to hear.

Finally, to make your job interview a good experience, always remember that if it is not related to your resume – then don’t even mention it unless you are asked. Leave all of the small talk for another time; your job at this stage is to land the job. Knowing what not to say in an interview will help you more than knowing what to say.

Deena Pierott
Mosaic Metier


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Happy Holidays

Posted by | December 23, 2013 | Mosaic Blog

From your friends at Mosaic Metier….

CFC Holidays

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Any Twitters out there? Join me on a digital chat on Friday, December 20th with Black Enterprise Magazine.

Deena P.

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TutorThat’s some gig. Nathaniel Hannan tutors the children of wealthy families. And he makes up to $1,250 an hour.

He looks and sounds like many other young, highly qualified teachers.

Nathaniel Hannan, a 33-year-old Indiana native, went to Notre Dame and got his masters at Oxford in philosophy and geology before becoming a high school teacher in Washington, D.C. He loves to teach and has a gift for communicating.

But today, instead of working for a school, Hannan tutors the children of wealthy families. And he makes up to $1,250 an hour.

“It’s different clients, but the same business,” he said.

Actually, it’s a different business entirely—and it’s growing rapidly. While much of the American education system is struggling with tight budgets, overcrowded classrooms and low teacher pay, the tutor economy is booming.

More of the world’s millionaires and billionaires are seeking at-home teachers to give their children a leg up in the increasingly competitive and important education race. And, as the number of rich people grows around the world—and as more of them split their time between multiple homes in different countries—they are creating their own mobile, ultra-private schools in their homes.

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NPR’s Tell Me More is again using social media to reach out to a new community of leaders — this time, to recognize black innovators in technology. African-Americans represent just 5 percent of America’s scientists and engineers, according to a 2010 study by the National Science Foundation.

Tell Me More is asking African-American entrepreneurs and techies to profile themselves for the upcoming social media series.

I’ll be live tweeting a day in my life on Wednesday, December 11 using the hashtag #NPRBlacksinTech.

Deena Pierott, Founder
Mosaic Metier
iUrban Teen Tech

Click Here for the entire series and guests

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In celebration and reflection of 2013 American Education Week, The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA) will be hosting a series of Twitter roundtables on several important topics. The WHIEEAA works on important education issues impacting African Americans and they are inviting everyone to join the discussion, 12-1pm EST. The hashtag #AfAmEdchat will be used for each of the daily discussions.

The office of Mr David J Johns, Executive Director of  The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans has invited me to participate in one of their hosted Twitter Panels:   The Opportunity Gap — Facts, Myths and Possibilities in Black Academic Excellence session on Friday, November 22, 2013.

Please mark your calendars, sign-on to Twitter (or Tweetdeck) and participate in the conversation #AfAmEdChat November 18-22 from 12-1pm EST.

#AfAmEdChat Line up

Monday, November 18: All in the Family– Effective Faith & Community Partnerships to Support African American Educational Excellence
Special guests include @joshuadubois @revtonylee & Brenda Mitchell of@edpartners

Tuesday, November 19: Code Switch–Exposing Black Girls to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (#STEAM) Careers
Special guests include @6Gems of @BlackGirlsCode, @DNLee5 &@reshmasaujani of @GirlsWhoCode@HajjFlemings , @SocialgrlzLLC &@FMSupreme

Wednesday, November 20: To Whom Much is Given – Quality practices in cultivating Black Male achievement
Special guests include @DoveSoars ,  @DrJLMooreIII , @SFDeans &@uchangenow , @DrJFLJackson@PedroANoguera,  & @OTLCampaign

Thursday, November 21: Each One Teach One – Recruiting & supporting Black scholars in the education ecosystem

Special guests include @TheJLV@hartformemphis@JoiCunn@chrisemdin@latoiajones

Friday, November 22: The Opportunity Gap — Facts, Myths and Possibilities in Black Academic Excellence
Special guests include @deenapierott, @iurbanteen,  @AfricanaCarr@andreperryedu@SandyDarity &@NakLew

If you miss a chat you can find a summary of each day’s topic (via Storify) at the WHIEEAA webpage .

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Secrets of the Lucky Ones

Posted by | November 14, 2013 | Mosaic Blog


Do you consider yourself lucky? Or do you always seem to have that dark cloud hovering around..Read this interesting article I found in the Huffington Post and let me know what you think…

The Secrets Of The World’s Luckiest People

We tend to think of a bout of good fortune as a random act of kindness from the universe. Certainly that is sometimes true: Serendipity or (depending on your belief system) random chance can be the reason you narrowly miss an airport closure or get the last cab in a rainstorm.

But many of the life events we consider “lucky” are not so random at all. Instead, they are directly related to the actions we take and the worldview we embrace. After all, even winning the lottery requires buying a ticket.  Read entire article

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CIO Forum


CIO Forum – November 6th and 7th

Click Here for Full Agenda and Registration



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