In today’s economy, a job seeker might grimace at the thought of the odds against them, especially with jobless numbers for African Americans remaining high (at 15.5% in March). And just finding a new gig can be a job within itself, requiring hours of research, correspondence and legwork to even get a foot in the door. But how can one fix a problem without the right tools? Here, BlackEnterprise.com details the necessary essentials you need to lead you to success in getting a job and maximize your efforts to build the career you feel you deserve.Â
Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.