Sunday, May 15, 2011

The BDPA Insider - May 15, 2011



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The BDPA Education and Technology Foundation is proud to open up the application period for any graduating high school student or current college student interested in the 2011 Eli Lilly and Company Scholarship for BDPA Students!

The purpose of the Lilly/BDPA Scholarship is to recognize outstanding minority students, with an interest in information technology, who make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential, and make an impact on their communities through service to others.

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A Media Event Royale – SEO Target Marketing
Government 2.0
TeraGrid ‘11
“Hacking” Career Day
BDPA Supports Teacher Appreciation Month
NBDPA Increases HBCU and Minority Serving Institution (HBCU/MSI) Participation
BDPA IT Institute – 2011 Enrollment Periods
Techie Camp
SiriusXM Satellite Radio Career Opportunities
Endgame for the World’s Most Wanted?

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There have been thousands of BDPA leaders, members and supporters over the years. Each of them have added value to the organization. It would be difficult to name the 'top 10' of these people when it came to influencing the growth and evolution of our national organization. If asked to create that list ... methinks that I would place Dr. William Bundy on the list.

Dr. Bundy is a Naval War College Professor and a retired Navy captain.  He was the first African American to rise from the enlisted ranks to command a submarine and the third African American to command a submarine.

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I have served on a number of nonprofit boards in my time. I have not had a chance to serve on a corporate board in my career. It appears that very few people of color are getting the opportunity to serve on corporate boards.

At least that is the conclusion reached in the corporate board census by the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD). 

ABD reported a surprising decline in the combined number of seats for women and people of color on the boards of the nation’s leading corporations. The largest decline was among Blacks. This year’s report found that in the Fortune 100 between 2004 and 2010, African Americans lost over 40 board seats while white men increased their presence on corporate boards, adding over 30.

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Posted by Ricardo Wilkins on 15 May 2011
I recently decided to start shifting my SharePoint-related posts over to a new blog, instead of here at RixBits.com.  My main concern was that I had [at least] two very different types of content that I was producing at RixBits, and I felt it was time to stop mixing them.  SharePoint, while a very popular topic, certainly has a smaller and more specific audience than many of the other general techie topics I blog about.  I wanted to make sure that anyone coming to RixBits to read about tablet PCs, or about how Apple is overrated, would not be confused when they see a post related to SharePoint team development using InfoPath.  :)

But as I thought about it a little more, I realized how important the idea of multiple personalities is to social media……

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by AOL Jobs Contributor, Posted Apr 5th 2011 @ 9:57AM
You're Unemployable After ...'
The rest of that sentence is one of those things hiring managers know but won't share -- usually. 
  1. Once you're unemployed more than six months, you're considered pretty much unemployable.
  2. When it comes to getting a job, who you know really does matter
  3. If you're trying to get a job at a specific company, often the best thing to do is to avoid HR entirely.
  4. People assume someone's reading their cover letter.
  5. We will judge you based on your e-mail address.
  6. If you're in your 50s or 60s, don't put the year you graduated on your resume.
  7. There's a myth out there that a resume has to be one page.
  8. I always read resumes from the bottom up. 
  9. Most of us use applicant-tracking systems that scan resumes for key words.
  10. Resumes don't need color to stand out.

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The rumors were right . Microsoft announced on May 10 that it bought Skype, an Internet communications vendor, for $8.5 billion.

Instead of trying to mash Skype into an existing Microsoft business division, the company has decided to create a new, separate Skype business division , with Skype CEO Tony Bates as the newly minted President. Bates will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

In its press release announcing the deal, Microsoft played up the potential synergies between Skype and its own communications offerings, including its Lync VOIP platform, Outlook mail, Messenger instant-messaging, Hotmail Web mail and Xbox Live gaming service.

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