As Black women we face many barriers when entering the workforce.
One of those barriers occurs during the hiring process.
According to a 2021 Diversity Report, analyzing over 17 million applications in 2018 and 2019 qualified Black women are “58% less likely to be hired for a government job” than white male counterparts.
What’s even more unsettling is the “blinding PII” otherwise known as personally identifiable information actually increases the hiring rate of Black women by 26%.
Many of us may have been subjected to using the blinding PII by choosing to not share our race on a job application or changing our name from "Malika" to "Michelle" to appeal to white standards of professionalism but we should not have to tolerate workplace discrimination.
In addition to these barriers, the pandemic further proved the long-standing inequalities that disproportionally affect Black people.
The stress of finding a job while dealing with economic hardships caused by racial disparities can be burdensome.
However there are ways to uplift and educate one another as we navigate the ever-changing workforce.
I want to help us break down these barriers and create more inclusive work spaces to open doors for more African Americans and women of color.
For this reason I’m sharing some useful tips to help you get your foot in the door.
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Here are a six things I wish I knew when applying for a job: