LinkedIn Strategies for HBCU Students Prepare to Connect

LinkedIn Strategies for HBCU Students Prepare to Connect
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Graduate of South Carolina State University
Professional Educator for 32 years…..

William Jackson, M.Ed. Graduate of South Carolina State University
William Jackson, M.Ed. Graduate of South Carolina State University


The use of technology to promote personal and business
Brands has grown exponentially over the course of
several years. Building a relationship online is strategic,
planned and executed to obtain maximum visibility.
HBCU students are learning different strategies before
graduating that can get them not just a leg up, but their
whole bodies up and ready for new careers and leadership
responsibilities.
Moving from educational lifestyles to professional
lifestyles can be stressful, uncertain and daunting.
Learning as much as possible about how to Brand
yourself, Market your abilities, talents, strengths and
ambitions can mean the difference in struggling to
gain an entry level position to starting off in midlevel
positions with leadership growth potentials and a
salary to match.

As an HBCU professor from 2004 to 2017 teaching for
the Education Department of Edward Waters College,
the oldest HBCU in the state of Florida. I have provided
instruction in Educational Technology that guides the
Education student to use a combination of low and
medium tech in classrooms where they are expected to
teach a diverse student body.
Applying educational strategies that focus on content
that engaged the students learning interest and applies
their learning strengths, but also address learning
weaknesses or challenges with interactive online tools
and programs.

Even with approaching the use of tech for business and
entrepreneurialism there is a cross-instructional piece
that can be applied to business and education.
Sharing strategies that I apply in LinkedIn for personal
and business uses I hope these can be applied by
HBCU students.

  1. Showcase your knowledge on LinkedIn in areas that
    you’re majoring in and trying to gain entrance. Using
    microblogging, traditional blogging and even podcasting
    can help HBCU students gain visibility.
    2. When listening to Podcasts find subject areas that you
    can connect with and potentially be a future guest so
    you can share statistics, data driven results and the
    scalability of information.
    3. Do not allow impostor syndrome to stop you from
    sharing your knowledge. All it takes is a few minutes
    to attract followers and a few good observations.
    4. Show your value with the information you are shown.
    Regurgitate it with your spin that brings new attention
    can be applied to a new audience.
    5. Don’t short sell yourself, know your value and your
    worth.6. Grow your connections over time. Do not try to grow
    your audience to fast or overnight.
    7. Show interest of other people when reading content,
    instead of just posting content continuously read or
    view what others are posting and provide feedback.
    8. Seek engagement, building relationships that build
    to friendships, partnerships for potentially future
    collaborations.
    9. If you tag people make sure they will respond to you,
    and respond to them.
    10. Be mindful of your content. Comment on what is
    trending try not to comment on old news.11. Have a list of people that will engage with you.
    Follow them and engage with content that promotes
    connections and collaborations.
    12. When reading LinkedIn posts think about your replies
    before you reply to stay on the subject, not taking it
    to another direction.
    13. HBCU students should build their networks before
    graduation. It is easier to build a following slowly than
    to struggle in building a following with no strategies
    and no plan.
    14. Put Hash Tags in your postings to draw more attention
    to your content or others to expand more engagement.
    15. LinkedIn should show what you revolve around, your
    interests, your ideologies and your future directions.16. Follow HBCU instructors from other schools to share
    content and build your PLN and PLC
    PLN Professional Learning Network and Professional
    Learning Communities.
    17. Work to be a storyteller as well. People love to follow
    and engage with storytellers.
    18. When sharing information about what is going on at
    the HBCU make sure it is not centered around gossip,
    hearsay or third person mentioning and bashing of a
    persons reputation and professionalism.
    19. Remember the purpose of LinkedIn to network and
    share content.
    20. Don’t be afraid to follow HBCU instructors on LinkedIn
    on campus even if you are not taking their classes. Building
    a following by instructors can be used as reference material
    for future potential careers.Prof. William Jackson, M.Ed
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“Leaving Food On The Table During This Pandemic”

“Leaving Food On The Table During This Pandemic”
William Jackson, M.Ed.

My Quest To Teach
My Quest To Teach

The pandemic has affected families across this nation,
it has disrupted jobs, isolated families, created
divisions between people in politics and social justice
issues.

The pandemic also has shown the disparities between families
and their security in food. There are many lessons that have
been learned; the access to food, housing and living a life
with family that is consistent with living in the United States
of America.
The reality is that even before the pandemic families where
already experiencing challenges in obtaining food and food that
was healthy.

Food deserts, food insecurity and food deficiency are words that
are used in the media constantly when the discussions centers
on what is lacking in millions of American homes. This nation
has grown use to seeing other countries lacking of food, other
countries with children crying when hungry and no food is available,
other countries where parents are weeping because their children
are hungry and there is no food. Scenes of parents not begging for
themselves, but for their children.

The pandemic is showing that Americans are no different than what
is going on around the world and yes it has touched Black, White
and other cultures. My wife and I have been volunteering at food
distributions with our church, with community organizations and
obtained food for families that do not have transportation to
even get to the many sites that are distributing food.
Organizations like Farm Share https://www.farmshare.org/
have been doing the work in communities across this nation for
years. Because of the devastation of families that are in deep
need of food now Farm Share and others are being highlighted by
news media to share what resources are available to communities
that are in need.

Many parents and grandparents do not have to tell their children
not to leave food on the table because there are starving children
in the world. Now parents and grandparents in this nation are the
starving families and children are eating every morsel of food
because they may not be able to eat a consistent meal during the week.
Schools can only provide so much, children from elementary to high
school, colleges and universities have had to deal with food insecurity
from time to time with students, but now the need is greater because
many students cannot receive help to get food from their families
because their families are struggling as well.

Lessons that should be learned for this nation that cross cultural,
generational, gender and racial lines families are in need of consistent,
nutritious and life giving food.
Not food filled with sugars, chemicals, artificial ingredients and
foods that just fill stomachs and not nourish the body. Farm Share’s
calendar of distribution shows across the nation where the next food
give always are so families can prepare to attend and obtain what is
needed without getting out of their vehicles. Where people can obtain
food for the elderly that are not mobile where people that are disabled
can receive food that does help build strong bodies.

The United States of America is not as secure as we are lead to believe
there are more homeless, there are more mental health issues, there is
more poverty, there is more of an educational system where students are
not being serviced as they should be and Black and Brown children are
not receiving quality education because of alternative initiatives
impacted in racism and injustice.
Farm Share is providing services for all families on distribution days.
https://www.farmshare.org/fooddistributions

Sharing Knowledge and Experiences with AnnieRuth Foundation

Sharing Knowledge and Experiences with AnnieRuth Foundation
Annie Ruth Foundation
Dee Wilcox, Executive Director
AnnieRuth Foundation
http://sowingseeds.org
Sowing seeds, strengthening communities
William Jackson and Aida Correa-Jackson
Speaking at the AnnieRuth Foundations Business Seminar:
May 2021

Sharing words of encouragement to the students of
AnnieRuth Foundations Business Seminar: May 2021

Thanks to Dee Wilcox and the Board of AnnieRuth
Foundation for allowing me to speak to their
students during their business seminar.

The “alphabet” of success that leads to global influence and
exposure across digital tools and platforms. Sharing nuggets
of knowledge and dropping gems from 32 years of teaching,
speaking, mentoring, project development and collaborations.

William Jackson, M.Ed. Graduate of South Carolina State University
William Jackson, M.Ed. Graduate of South Carolina State University

These are shared with the young adults that will be our
future leaders, innovators, thought leaders and influencers
of the world.
A. Aspire to be part of something bigger than you are.
B. Be Bold in what you do. Be on time or early for meetings.
Do not subscribe to CPT (Colored People Time) when attending
events and activities.
C. Always be caring to people.
Don’t look at a persons skin color, eye color, eye shape,
hairstyle, or socio-economic status. We all have a story to
tell. Caring builds the world up, hating tears it down.
D. Don’t give into being “dared” to do anything. If there
are somethings you will not do, don’t let other entice or
threaten you to do things that can hurt your reputation,
psychology, emotional status and future life circumstances.
E. Be energetic even when you do not want to or feel like it.
You never know who could be watching you and have a blessing
for you based on your attitude and behavior.
F. Find a good network to be part of to learn from experts.
If you want to be a doctor, network with doctors. If you want
to be an attorney, network with attorneys, if you want to be
an educator, network with educators.
G. Get up and go! Be on time even when you do not feel like it.
There may be opportunties waiting for you that you could not do
on your own.
H. Say Hi to people, smile and when possible shake hands. The
world will remember your kindness and even when you mess up
they will remember the goodness in you and forgive you faster.
I. Be joyful. If your joyful and your spirit is joyful it will
take you further in your life. Small acts of kindness last a
long way….
J. Keep it real in relationships, and be authentically you.
Don’t play mind or emotional games, people will carry that
hurt with them to the grave.
K. Love life and living even when it hurts.
You have one life to live, love life during the hurt times and
the happy times.
L. Mentor others, share your knowledge, passion and purpose
with others. You may be planting a seed for the next Nobel
Peace Prize winner or talented author, doctor, President, etc.
M. Never give up on your dreams. People will try to make you
feel bad about your dreams, your hopes and your desires. Your
family may want you to stop dreaming, but never do that.
N. Opportunties come in challenging times. Look at things as
an out of the box thinker.
O. Praise God Every Day !!!!
P. Quit complaining, use challenges to help you blossom and
grow. Diamonds and precious gems only get better under pressure.
Q. Raise the bar to success for yourself and you raise your
vision for success. As you climb remember to try and bless
others on the way.
R. Success is not always money; your success can be your
life style, your family, achieving your goals and dreams.
S. You do not have to tell everyone your dreams, sometimes
it is better to keep your mouth shut.
T. Technology does not build relationship, spending time,
sharing conversations, breaking bread and even worshipping
together builds strong and lasting relationships.
U. Understand your great potential for success even if
you fail at first keep pushing forward. Learn from your
mistakes, dust yourself off and move forward and even if
you fail “fall forward” Denzel Washington.
Fall Forward
https://youtu.be/6cgxSL926N8?t=3
V. Visit libraries, museums and other cultural places to learn
about yours and other culture. The media will not share the
truth about your race, your color, your gender, your generation.
You should be a global learner and share your voice.
W. Your will is powerful, your words have power, your spirit in
you is unstoppable.
X. What do you bring to the table, if there seems to be no
room at the table bring your own chair and be willing to learn
in the process of making your place at the table.
Y. Your faith will take you farther than your personal strength.
Never rely just on you, your faith will carry you through the
hard times, it will lift you over the dangerous times and have
you appreciate the peaceful times.
Z. Do you have the guts to fail, do you have to nerve to push
forward even if you do not see the road. Even if you travel
alone have the faith to go and grow where no one else has
gone.

Free Food Distributions in Jacksonville, Florida

Free Food Distribution in Jacksonville, Florida
Web site for distribution sites and flyers across Florida
https://www.farmshare.org/fooddistributions

May 2021


Saturday, May 22nd at 9am
until all food is distributed.
Farm Share and Councilman Reggie Gaffney
providing food for the community.
New Fountain Chapel AME Ministries
737 Jessie Street Jacksonville,
Fl. 32206

June 2021


Saturday, June 5, 2021
8:30am-12:30pm
Jacksonville-Holy Spirit Catholic Church
11665 Fort Caroline Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32225, USA

Saturday, June 5, 2021
9:30am-11:30am
Crossroads Health & Wellness Center
5960 Beach Blvd,
Jacksonville, FL 32207, USA

Food is distributed according to number of
families occupying a vehicle. No one should
get out of their cars. Food will be placed in
the trunks or beds of trucks.

Free Food Distribution in Jacksonville, Florida

Free Food Distribution in Jacksonville, Florida
Web site for distribution sites and flyers across Florida
https://www.farmshare.org/fooddistributions

May 2021

Saturday, May 22nd at 9am
until all food is distributed.
Farm Share and Councilman Reggie Gaffney
providing food for the community.
New Fountain Chapel AME Ministries
737 Jessie Street Jacksonville,
Fl. 32206

June 2021

Saturday, June 5, 2021
8:30am-12:30pm
Jacksonville-Holy Spirit Catholic Church
11665 Fort Caroline Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32225, USA

Saturday, June 5, 2021
9:30am-11:30am
Crossroads Health & Wellness Center
5960 Beach Blvd,
Jacksonville, FL 32207, USA

Food is distributed according to number of
families occupying a vehicle. No one should
get out of their cars. Food will be placed in
the trunks or beds of trucks.