VALUABLE TIPS FOR BLACK MEN WHO REALLY WANT JOBS: HERE’S HOW YOU GET IT DONE
By Simi Mira Afroza
Now that we’re in a new year, job seekers have made resolutions that involve finding employment where they will be happier and make more money. Finding a new job can be quite the adventure, and we want to help you fulfill your resolution by landing that perfect job via a helpful list from Rolling Out. While you are on your mission to a new job or career, apply these tips, create your own reality and resist defeat.
- Figure Out Your Personal Skills – When looking for long term employment, the first thing on the “to do list” is to find out what you love, what you like, what you’re good at, and where your experience is. Make a list and then find the industries that are best suited for that list. Once you know where you are headed, take some quick training courses, update your resume, and start hunting.
- Have a Self Marketing Plan – When you begin applying for jobs, you will be competing with thousands of people for the same positions. You have to market yourself in a way that makes you stand out from everyone else. One way you can do this is by learning personal likes and dislikes of potential employers to make the interview more personable. Load your resume with branding that targets the company you are applying for.
- Keep Your Emotions In Check – Be prepared for negative outcomes, because it will happen when you are seeking employment. Don’t let frustration and anger build up. Talk to someone about it, and keep in mind that all negativity will eventually turn into a positive.
- Don’t Let Your Record Hold You Back – If you have a criminal record, it doesn’t mean you can’t find a great job. Learn about the laws protecting ex-prisoners in your state and prepare yourself with the right answers to those interview questions.
- Get a Degree or Training – As the job market becomes more competitive, this is a good time to invest in a college degree or a trade school skill. It is estimated that in the next 10 years, 63 percent of jobs will require higher education.
- Volunteer or Do an Internship – These are also things that can be added to your resume. This give you an inside advantage for jobs that become available and a chance for an employer to judge your skills prior to application.
- Have Good Credit – Due to the high volume of applicants and the higher rate of criminal activity, many employers are performing credit checks. Get a head of them and get anything negative cleaned off your credit report.
- Always Communicate Clearly and Effectively – This is a must for most employers when they are seeking new employees. If you cannot communicate effectively, hiring companies will figure that you will not be productive or an asset to their team.
- Network – Networking is just as important as the skills you possess. Get out there and join groups, whether in-person or on social media, and make connections with people that have pull in your desired job market. The more people that know you and can attest to your skills and knowledge, the better your chances are of landing a job.