Written By: Nsi Amah
Finding full-time work today is frustrating, it is more frustrating for a black college graduate. This is incredibly frustrating when you have done the work, internships, got
the connections and still companies don't pay you what you deserve. Many companies
will offer you a lower pay or salary even if you have the resume and references to prove
that you are a valuable asset to the company. At times, your unique name can go
against you because the potential employer knows, based on your resume, that you are
a person of color applying for a job.
During this tough time as a black professional, it is best to know your worth and ask for
more even though they will turn you down. Think of it like this, you will get one thousand
no's before you get that one yes. This is how things work today but you have to know
your worth as a black woman, otherwise, you won't earn the respect that you deserve.
You have to polish that resume as fancy as you can get it and start throwing it around
until the fish start to bite. At least with the interviews that you will attend, you will get the
practice that you will need. Practice will only improve you as time goes on.
I remember I was applying to a start-up company in New York City and the manager told me that she loved me in the interviews. She told me that I would be a good fit for
her team, although I have a part-time job back in New Jersey. She also gave me the paperwork stating that she is going with another candidate. She emailed this to me because
she would rather have her candidate live in New York and have time within their schedule.
So that experience was disheartening because I have been searching for a job in New
York for almost a year before this.
For the manager to tell me that I was fit for the team and then change her mind about
me within the same week was unprofessional on her end. So I took the news with a
grain of salt but I had to explain to her how unprofessional she was to me. When
managers treat you unprofessionally during your job search, don't be afraid to speak up
about it. Usually, they are unaware of their actions because no one addresses it to
them. So be sure to speak your mind politely and hope that they learn from their
experience with you.
As a young black professional, know your worth and don't settle for less. No company
will have the power to deceive you once you have that self-confidence. It won't be an
easy journey but it will be worth it in the end. You have to remember to speak your mind
when they are not professional with you nor fair. As long as your resume and your
awesome interview outfit represent you, nothing can stop you. Young black
professionals are needed and we have to set a path for the younger generation
because it will be much harder for them. Stay strong and keep yourself sharp.