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Tips For Black Men Looking For Successful Careers

We know how hardworking black men are and they always want to support their families so imagine how difficult it can be for them if they are not being able to work.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Being unemployed can be frustrating for men. And being unemployed as a black man can be damaging to their self-esteem. We know how hardworking black men are and they always want to support their families so imagine how difficult it can be for them if they are not being able to work. There is nothing to worry about, though, the unemployment rate for black men is decreasing, which is a good thing. However, it is still important to know some ways to find a successful career as a black man. Here are tips and fresh approaches to help black men find a great job.


Volunteering or interning is a nice way to get yourself inside a company. You will also have the opportunity to get the inside scoop on job openings. By volunteering or interning, the employer can also assess your skills and see how motivated you are. This is also your chance to communicate with all sorts of people who can open up networking opportunities too. This may sound cliche, but you know, sometimes success is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. So take chances and find an internship or volunteer in some organizations.

Consider getting a degree or specialized training.

If you still do not have a college degree, you might want to consider getting one. Although a high level of education cannot secure a job for you, keep in mind that it is important to be competitive. I know you do not want to be left behind, so while you can, acquire a high level of education. This way, you can apply to jobs that require a college education.

Taking an inventory of your skills is important.

Assessing your career abilities and the skills that you might want to consider developing is important to develop a plan for the kinds of career groups that you network with. By taking an inventory of your personal skills and interests, you can easily identify the companies that need those skills, then you can then update, adapt, and refine your skills with training programs that can soon lead to paying jobs.

Investigate your credit status and clean it.

Most companies are doing credit checks on potential applicants as part of their background investigation. You surely do not want them to see that you have credit issues such as discrepancies and debt issues. So take time to investigate your credit status and get copies of your credit report and dispute incorrect entries. You can also seek help from creditors to make plans to eliminate debts. Re-establishing good credit and improving your credit rating will help your job prospects.

Work on your communication abilities and soft skills.

Conducting practice interviews will prepare you for the actual one. It is also vital to improve your soft skills and communication abilities so you can easily get along with others and be perceived as likable. That way, your chance of getting hired and stay in the company is high.

Never be discouraged by a criminal record.

Let us admit, many African-American men seeking employment have a criminal past but this should not discourage you from applying for the job you want. What you can do is prepare for the dreaded questions during an interview like, "Have you been incarcerated?". Practice your responses because providing the right response can help you secure the job that you want

Of course, job seeking is not an easy thing to do. Everyone surely finds it difficult. But I guess it is harder for black men. That is why it is always important to take extra steps to get the job that you desire. Never let negativity stand in your way of becoming successfully employed someday.