Tips For Black Job Seekers
By Dante Lee
1) Tighten up your resume.
Make sure to correct all typos, and limit it to just one page.
Also, don't mention any work experience from more than 10
years ago - unless its really relevant.
2) Don't overdress.
When you go to a job interview, dress modestly and go easy
on the cologne or perfume. Remember, it's you and your skills
that they are interested in - not your fashion style.
Sign up on BlackJobs.com. Free to use, this web site was
created for African American professionals. It features thousands
of well-paying job opportunities from major employers and
recruiters, and allows you to profile yourself in front of
around. There's always someone who knows someone who's hiring.
Don't be afraid to call or email your friends and family, and
let them know you're looking for a job.
Check the obituaries. This may sound funny, but the local
obituaries will always tell you where the deceased person
last worked. Obviously, there is a new position open.
Start with an internship. If you're a high school or college
student, the best way to get in the door is often through
an internship program. Check with your school's career center
Work for the government. Many people only want to work
for major corporations. However, federal, state, county and
city governments are always hiring and usually offer good
perks. Use Google to find their web sites, and start applying.
Send a "thank you" card. During your job interview, be
sure to get the business card of the person who interviewed
you. It's in your best interested to send them a "thank you"
note or card. Don't email it; Send it via postal mail within
Check Black magazines. Many Black magazines often feature
ads from employers and recruiters who are looking to hire
African Americans. Such include Black Enterprise, Black Collegian,
Savoy Professional, Black EOE Journal, Black MBA Magazine,
HBCU Connect, and even Diversity Inc.
Be persistent. Success comes to those who don't give up.
There are jobs out there. You will find one soon. Just don't
Lee is the co-founder of Lee Moss Media, which owns www.BlackJobs.com
- the largest online career center for African American professionals.
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