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It is well documented Black names and culture are differentiating factors before the initial resume vetting process companies conduct is completed. More companies and organizations are focusing on diversifying their workforce. In today’s conversation with Jennifer Tardy, we are dissecting what black professionals may have experienced in their job search and how they could best navigate it.
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- Job seekers shouldn’t be concerned about their ethnicity being revealed on their resume.
- Jennifer says, “Don’t be concerned, be strategic. Being strategic with anything you reveal in your resume goes beyond race and ethnicity. Every single thing you list in your resume should confirm that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the job.”
- Jennifer says she loves to wear bright colored earrings but will refrain from doing so in an interview because that could be distracting. She wants the interviewer to be focused on her words, not the brightly colored earrings. I have worn colorful color ties with a dark-colored suit. It’s OK to bring yourself to work if it’s not a distraction from your work.
- Ask questions of the employer to find out how they are creating safe spaces for their Black employees to produce, learn, and grow. If you’re asked a biased question or a question that most would deem offensive, it is best to assume positive intent.
- Jennifer says when her client makes a comment that is inappropriate or asks an inappropriate question, she remains in control by “meeting people where they are by assuming positive intent. “This allows me to put emotion aside and look to call people in as opposed to calling them out.”
I am updating my free e-book entitled, “421 Modern Job Search Tips for 2021.” I plan to release it to my email list on October 30, before everyone else will be alerted on November 13. Want it early? Go to the blog to sign up.
About Mark Anthony Dyson
I am the "The Voice of Job Seekers!" I offer compassionate career and job search advice as I hack and re-imagine the job search process. You need to be "the prescription to an employer's job description." You must be solution-oriented and work in positions in companies where you are the remedy. Your job search must be a lifestyle, and your career must be in front of you constantly. You can no longer shed your aspirations at the change seasons. There are strengths you have that need constant use and development. Be sure you sign up to download my E-Book, "421 Modern Job Search Tips 2021!" You can find my career advice and work in media outlets such as Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Glassdoor, and many other outlets.