Work, independent contractors, employees, jobs, bosses, career, hustle, survival, success, money, and education; are keywords that you may find yourself wrestling with at the moment This pandemic has shifted things in the American landscape, and you may find yourself on the backend of trying situation. Don’t give up hope. I want to shed light on how you should think about work in the middle of a pandemic. I am specifically speaking to young men who are unemployed at the moment.
You are not alone. Bear with me for a moment while I break down a few scenarios that will give you hope as to gain rightful employment. Let me first express if you are an entrepreneur and have this strong urge to create a sustainable advantage for yourself or your community; be patient and only listen to someone who has been where you are one. Young black men tend to only listen to those in their immediate circles and thus price themselves out of the marketplace with bad information.
The game has changed in the American landscape when it comes to Career orientation for black men. Let me breakdown the ladder if your will.
Super Smart Black Men (Ivy League bound, HBCU’s etc.)
College Graduates (Those who take $30k annual positions)
Entrepreneurs: (Visionaries, Idealist, Change Makers)
Technology(Social Media, Bloggers, Vloggers, Editors, Content Creators)
Vocational Trade: (Plumbers, Mechanics, Engineers, Welding, Construction, Police Officer)
Ministry: (Pastors, Prophets, Choir Directors, Non-Profit Organizations)
No College but workforce experience: (Blue- & White-Collar Workers)
If you do not fall into the top categories, you are fine. There is no need to panic because you are not getting your just due or being recognized for fitting into those systemic labels that are placed upon you. Employment is a big issue for many young black men. All I can do is offer advice from the years I had to fight with the system for a decent livable wage. It’s a game of cat and mouse and you must navigate through the clutter for support. Many of the good jobs that you will need will not be advertised. Unless you get a few connections that can validate your resume and skills set, find something that keeps money in your pocket for the time being.
Have some pride about yourself and stop begging people that can’t help you. Better employment opportunities are on the way that can help your talent fill in the gaps that is needed in the American workforce. It’s easy to get priced out of the marketplace and decide to start a business. Entrepreneurship is a hard game to play without the support. It’s not necessary to revert to that game without a plan. I will leave you with 5 ways you should think about looking for Jobs in America.
It’s a steppingstone to something greater: Your unemployment is a blessing in Disguise. Work on yourself while you seek to make yourself attractive to the market for which you want to make an impact. Work to change the world not just to make money.
What doesn’t kill me will only make me stronger: Every setback is a setup for the breakthrough that is knocking at your door. If you are still alive you are still in the game.
Fighting the good fight of faith: Have faith that things will work out. Get away from anyone that can’t support your struggles. There is no progress without struggle.
I am the Job I seek: If you are looking for a job that pays you $20 hour, then work to be seen as someone worthy of that value. Don’t bring a $7 package to the table hoping someone will give you 20
My Community Needs me: Everything you do needs to be for the community. You are no longer of yourself. It’s about the community. Serve your community.
All is well and unfolding as it should. You will get the job that you need at the right time. Have faith that all things are working out for your good. Elevation is yours in this season and God will cover you as you work on yourself for the real work that you were brought to America to perform.