Why We Should Thank Ellen DeGeneres for Convincing Will Smith to make an Instagram account

I remember the first time I heard Will Smith had created an Instagram account.  I was going through my stories and a couple of people I followed were giving him a shout out and saying, “Go follow my uncle, Will.” I honestly thought he had, had one this entire time, I just didn’t follow him and I don’t know about you, but my Instagram timeline got a thousand times better once Will Smith joined the app.

He made his debut on December 14, 2017 while on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Ellen taught Will the know all of the social media app. She taught him how to take selfies with a duck face and make mirror selfies.  Ellen also taught him how to do a throwback in which they then recreated the 90’s NBC sitcom, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air opening credits scene.

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Although, he’s still fairly new to Instagram, Will has accumulated over 19.8 million followers, knows how to make highlights, do stories, videos, hashtags and overall great content.

I personally, just want to thank Ellen for teaching Will about Instagram, because he is the best person to follow for sure, whether it’s a video of him recreating his son, Jaden’s video, a video of his family, a video of him dancing or just Will experiencing life, it’s pretty much brightens my day!

So, What Does A Talent Acquisition Coordinator *Actually* Do?

What are the duties of a TA Coordinator?

The duties of a TA Coordinator are, in my opinion, similarly to an Administrative Assistant. We partner with Recruiters at the company, and about 85-90% of what we do is schedule interviews for external and internal candidates (calendar management), handle logistics of interviews, booking conference rooms, creating interview agendas, making sure candidates are on the security check-in list, ordering food if necessary, handling the background and drug test activity for candidates and over being the face of the company, as we are the people that a candidate is interacting with up to on boarding!!

Who is this job ideally for/not for?

The job is ideally for someone who is organized, knows how to prioritize, wants to become a recruiter, doesn’t mind being an assistant to a recruiter, knows how to communicate with people of all levels in a company, knows how to get things done and how to find alternatives in a situation where something goes wrong.  This job is not for someone who doesn’t know how to be organized or how to prioritize things.  This job isn’t for someone who is looking for an ‘easy’ job, who doesn’t like repetitive work, etc.

What’s a typical day like for a talent acquisition coordinator?

A typical day for a talent acquisition coordinator consist of coordinating the interview process for external and internal candidates.  You come in to work for the day and you’ll have an interview schedule request from your recruiter.  Your next step is to reach out to the candidate to get their availability for the next two weeks and the interview panels availability for the next two weeks.  Once you have everyone’s availability, it’s a big puzzle piece of trying to get an interview agenda together.  You’re booking conference rooms, putting the candidate on the security list, getting lunch for any candidates who will be interviewing for a long period of time, etc.  You may also have an offer request from your recruiter.  The recruiter will give you the basic information (salary, location, start date, bonuses (if any), etc.) and you plug that information into the applicant tracking system and send it out for approvals.  Once it’s approved, you send the offer letter to the candidate, unless of course, the hiring manager wants to be the one to send the offer letter.  Putting together on-boarding packaged for the candidate and mailing it out.  You may be handling reimbursements for candidates who have spent their own money on food or gas.  On days that candidates have onsite interviews, you could also be escorting the candidates to their interviews.

What are the usual job requirements?

Any type of HR/Talent Acquisition experience.  Probably administrative experience as well.  Before I got into the field of Talent Acquisition, I only had experience as an Admissions Representative and Career Coach (However, don’t be like me, but I believe I put I experience doing recruitment in undergrad, which I didn’t)

What’s the average salary like?

Depends on the company and where you stay.  In Nashville, the pay can be as low at $15/hr and up to $53,000.  While in Los Angeles, the highest I have seen was about $70,000 for the job title.  In Memphis, I’ve seen some as low as $10 and some as high up $67,000.  It really depends on your experience, location and what you are willing to take for the position.

Top 10 Songs of the Week


  1. 6ix9ine x Nicki Minaj – FEFE
  2. Lyrica Anderson x Kevin Gates – Feenin
  3. Kiana Lede x A$AP Ferg – Fairplay Remix
  4. DaniLeigh – Lil BeBe
  5. Zhavia Ward – Candlelight
  6. KAYTRANADA x AlunaGeorge x GoldLink – TOGETHER
  7. DJ Khlaed x Justin Bieber x Chance the Rapper x Quavo – No Brainer
  8. Chance the Rapper – Wala Cam
  9. Kanye West – All Mine
  10. Chance the Rapper – I Might Need Security

Making Your Profile Photo on LinkedIn Visible to Only Connections for POC

As an active job seeker within Talent Acquisition/Human Resources, I’ve discovered that finding a job, is a job itself.  You see so many people on your LinkedIn feed, people at your current job or peers via social media who are consistently getting new jobs or promotions at work.  I was having a recent conversation with a co-worker of mine, as we both have been looking for a new job.  One thing I have noticed is that a recruiter would reach out to me via e-mail for my availability because they liked my resume and once I replied back I did not hear anything back.

This happened to me a while ago.  I applied to a position as a Recruiter. The Director of Talent Acquisition (I put her title, because I feel like once you get to this level, you should be a little more professional in how you conduct things), reached out to me to schedule an interview that night that I applied for the position.  I replied back the following day with my availability.  Three days later I had not heard back from her.  I immediately e-mailed her to follow-up as I had not heard from her and to reassure my availability to speak for an interview.  During those three days, I had been out of town, so I wasn’t checking my e-mail or anything like that.  After sending her my e-mail, I realized that she had looked at my LinkedIn profile.

Another time this happened, basically the same situation.  This lady is the Head of Strategic Initiative, again someone who I would uphold to a more professional standard.  She e-mailed asking for my availability, I replied back and no response.  Of course, I followed-up, because these people got my anxious and exited to possibly interview for a new job, unlike the previous person, she e-mailed me back with some bullshit excuse as to why she hadn’t followed back up with me.  I also noticed that in between the time of her sending me an e-mail and me getting back to her with my availability she had looked at my LinkedIn.

My LinkedIn profile says EVERYTHING that my resume says, except for the fact that I am black.  I personally feel like that could be the only reason why these employers are not getting back to me.  I have two disadvantages, I am first woman and I am second black.

It made it realize that I was being professionally ghosted.  Professionally ghosting is when a business contact suddenly becomes unresponsive to all forms of communications, without explanation.  And similarly to ghosting in dating, it can leave the other party feeling confused, let down and disappointed. I have definitely felt confused and let down.  As someone who is actively seeking a new role, you are confused because you do not get any answers as to why the recruiter stopped reaching out to you or what you did wrong in the situation.

I also realized that it is because I am a person of color as there was another company who did not reach out to me, but the VP of Global Talent Acquisition at the company I had applied to looked at my LinkedIn profile.  I had already assumed I wasn’t going to get a call back as that is what had been happening a lot lately, but about a week later, someone who I am connected with on LinkedIn from the company posted a picture of them at their Talent Acquisition meeting and not a single person in the photo was black let alone a person of color.

Once I realized that it may be the fact that I am a black female, I changed my settings on LinkedIn to where you can’t see my profile photo unless you are my friend.  I only recently changed this setting and haven’t really applied to any jobs and do not know if it has affected anything, but I know for a fact that my settings will stay this way until I find a job that I feel as if I can stay with until the end of my career. But also in the same breathe, it’s kind of like, but what if I do this and I show up to the interview? They will still disqualify me because of the color of my skin, it’s just that now, I have wasted time and energy by physically showing up to the place.  Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Top 4 Apps to Use When Searching for a New Home

Remember going to the grocery store and picking up those Real Estate magazines that showed you homes in your local area? That’s no longer a thing anymore as mobile apps and online real estate is becoming prominent.  Check out some of the most popular and useful tools to use when searching for your next house.


Trulia have three different apps.  Trulia Real Estate for Homes for Sale & Rent, Trulia Rentals for Homes & Apartments for Rent and Trulia Mortgage for Rates & Home Loan Calculators.  Trulia is a personal favorite and I have always used Trulia when looking for an apartment, especially when I was getting ready to move to Los Angeles, a place I had never been and didn’t know anything about.  I love that it shows the crime rates in that area and it even gives you any crimes that have been reported near the area, they give you the schools in the area, shops and eats and you can even calculate the commute from your home to your job, the gym, local grocery shops or wherever you would go to on a daily basis.  It allows you to do everything in app as opposed to having to use a lot of other websites or apps to look all of those things up. The app also looks exactly like the website, but of course, its mobile friendly and I truly admire that in an app that also has a website.


Zillow also has a couple of different apps.  Zillow Real Estate & Rentals for Homes for Sale & for Rent and Zillow Rentals for Apartments & Homes for Rent.  Zillow is the most downloaded real estate-related app for both Apple and Android phones.  The app, like Trulia looks exactly like the website.  I personally never use the interactive map, because I prefer a list, but Zillow offers an Interactive Map were it displays different neighborhoods and areas of the city you’re interested and red dotes that show were homes are available.  Zillow also allows a draw feature.  Basically when you hit the draw button, it will give you a marker to draw around the area that you want the Interactive Map to be on and show you all the homes in that area.  Unfortunately, the only thing Zillow shoes you is nearby schools.


Realtor.com Real Estate offers the ability to search for homes by school and district.  What stood out to me the most about this app is that it offers a News section about news and insights on real estate, interior decorating, etc.  Realtor.com app also offers a “Sign Snap” options.  Basically what you do is take a picture of a real estate sign and you’ll be able to get the home details.


Redfin is an app that is aimed at redefining the real estate industry.  When you click on a home that you’re interested in, they give you a button that says schedule tour with the next available date and time.  When you click on that button, if the time they showed doesn’t work for you, you can choose another date and time that works better for you.  You can choose to be guided by a Redfin Agent or go into the home by yourself.

The Good Reads

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“The Sacrifice,” by Joyce Carol Oates is a ficitional retelling of the Brawley story, set in the invented Red Rock neighborhood of Pascayne, NJ.

book 2A young adult novel, Hate List, is a novel about Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, who opened fire on their school cafeteria.  Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

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Lily Wilder, a young Manhattan lawyer, is having serious doubts about getting married. Unlike most of those brides, she warms her cold feet in one bed, office and bar bathroom after another. Lily really, really likes sex with lots of different people, however a week before her weeding to Will, a responsible archaeologist, is threatening to end all of her fun.

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Diving in Stilettos First by Shauntay Dunbar.  I actually had the pleasure of meeting the beauty behind this book down at Essence Festival and just hearing her talk about the premise of the book made me purchase it. I felt like it related to my life so much (that is until I actually started reading the book, she was once married and I’ve never been married outside of that, we twinkies).  Basically she talks about her living the single life in New York City and the different guys she dated!

Top 10 Songs of the Week


I’ve been in a 00’s mood in the music genre, so this week’s Top 10 Songs of the Week are dedicated to this decade!

  1. Bow Wow x Jermaine Dupri | Roc The Mic
  2. Vistoso Bosses x Soulja Boy | Delirious
  3. Teairra Mari | Make Her Feel Good
  4. Cheri Dennis x Yung Job x Gorilla Zoe | Portrait of Love
  5. B5 | All I Do
  6. Usher | Superstar
  7. Justin Timberlake | SexyBack
  8. Gwen Stefani | Hollaback Girl
  9. Ciara x Missy Elliot | One, Two Step
  10. CeeLo Green | F**k You