Nerd Alert: 5 Job-seeking Perks to Being a Geek
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Questlove, an award-winning musician and member of The Roots, is a self-professed music geek. (Image: File)

There’s a new definition of geek, and it may not look like Steve Urkel. Whether you’re into computers and technology, or have a strong passion for any specialized skill, talent or hobby, geeks have become the new hot commodity, especially when it comes to job candidates.

If you don’t consider yourself a geek, think about the things that really make you want to stay up late at night or keeps your heart skipping a beat. It could be sports, puzzles, and trivia or fashion and beauty; There’s a geek somewhere in you.

Brazen Careerist offers five ways being a geek works to your advantage in the job market and how you can strengthen those nerdy impulses:

1. Your geekiness makes you an obsessive problem-solver.
2. You taught yourself more than you ever learned in school.
3. You mastered work-life balance before it was even a “thing.”
4. You’re flexible to changes, diversity and new ways of learning.
5. You’ve got the drive to make a difference.

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Janell Hazelwood

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.