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Vice Media, Clubhouse, Paper Magazine Become The Latest To Announce Major Layoffs And Organizational Pivots

Growing up, you likely heard the phrase, “If it ain’t one thing, it’s another,” or “There’s always something going on.” The deeper you get into adulthood, the more phrases like those become a reality. And the current state of the job market is prime evidence. Since late 2022, companies have been announcing significant layoffs that have affected thousands of people. As 2023 began, those announcements seemed to pick up, especially regarding big tech. While the people affected by layoffs feel it the most, companies have noted the challenges and tough decisions it required to take these steps. Recently, Vice Media, Clubhouse, Paper Magazine, and Dropbox have become the latest major organizations announcing employment changes.

Josh Rodgers

Apr 28, 2023

How Employees And Employers Benefit By Listing Salaries In Job Descriptions

“Honesty is the best policy.” This is a phrase many people have used or lived by. It’s often used as a guiding principle, so it’s hard to accept when that energy is not reciprocated, regardless of the space. One of the spaces where this concept is most covert is job seeking. Those interested in jumping into the often tumultuous space of job hunting come to the table with a list of requirements that’s best for them.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by AFROTECH ( And while everyone may have different priorities around what would make a job relationship ideal, nearly everyone wants to earn a livable wage that supports their lifestyle and affirms their value. The problem, however, is that not all companies are open and honest about their budgets and the suggested salary aligned with posted positions. This process can be problematic for both the employer and the employee. It doesn’t have to be this way. Both entities can benefit from salary transparency. Here’s...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 24, 2023

Why Employee Resource Groups Are A Win-Win For Black Professionals And Their Employers

Have you ever felt slightly reserved during your first day at a new job? You quietly take in many of the elements of the new environment and mentally observe the vibes of the people that come with it. At some point, an opportunity presents itself for you and your colleagues to come together. There are a few options for groups to engage with, and with very little thought, you choose the group you assume you have the most in common with. This process is the power of culture and acknowledgment of community. According to Medical News Today, people desire to be in community. It is explained as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Despite how overt many people are in avoiding human interaction, Maslow’s theory suggests there’s an innate sense of belonging that people crave. At this intersection, many corporations create programming around these human needs through employee resource groups (ERGs).

Josh Rodgers

Mar 15, 2023

TikToker Reveals That A Voicemail Greeting May Have Prevented Her From Getting A Job

Voicemails can hold us back from getting jobs now? According to Daily Dot, one TikToker claims that she learned that a voicemail greeting prevented her from landing a new job. With more than 8,000 followers (as of this writing), Zanaya Jones is no stranger to getting candid about her life on the social media platform. In the latest video, however, she recalls an incident where she claims she “didn’t get hired” because of her voicemail. @zanayajones8 #harristeeter #fyp #dumbmanagers ♬ original sound – zanayajones8 “Yes, Miss Jones, I recommend if you apply for a job and you expect somebody to call you that you have a more appropriate response on your voicemail,” said the prospective employer, according to the TikTok. “So thank you for applying, and no need to give us a call back.”

Shanique Yates

Feb 3, 2022

Here's How Google's Bserat Ghebremicael Is Cultivating A Community For Black Employees

Through Google’s commitment of promoting inclusivity at a global scale, the Black Googler Network (BGN), an employee resource group that cultivates Black talent, is one of the efforts spawned within the company’s continual mission. BGN’s Bserat Ghebremicael leads as the group’s Head of Experience to support Black Googlers along their journeys, as well as to help with inclusion and belonging at the tech giant.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 4, 2021

Edward Jones To Pay Black Employees $34M To Settle Race Discrimination Lawsuit

St. Louis-based financial services firm Edward Jones has been ordered by a federal judge to pay a $34 million settlement for bias claims by Black financial advisors, Reuters first reported. The firm is known for serving individual investors and boasts more than 19,000 financial advisors. This settlement comes after Stowell & Friedman filed a class-action lawsuit in 2018 on behalf of roughly 800 Black financial advisors. The official complaint was “race discrimination,” states a court filing that names Wayne Bland as the main plaintiff in the class action case. The Black financial advisors accused Edward Jones of assigning them to less lucrative work, denying them working with certain high-level client accounts, and depriving them of advancement opportunities. In the case represented, Edward Jones, which Dowd Bennett denied wrongdoing, went as far as to try to get the case dismissed since it claimed that the named plaintiffs failed to provide more than speculative claims in the...

Michelai Graham

May 11, 2021

Black Employees Leaving Slack At Alarming Rates Forces The Company To Address Diversity Issues

If there is one thing that we’ve learned in this past year, it’s that Black employees will not continue working at companies that don’t value them. Slack is learning this the hard way after recently sharing some of its diversity insights in an annual report. The company has 2,527 global employees, 516 of which were hired last year alone. Only 4.5 percent of Slack’s employees are Black, while 53.1 percent are white and 28.3 percent are Asian. The company said in the report that it has seen an “overall decline in underrepresented minorities,” which isn’t good since Slack continues to expand its team year over year. This report ultimately shows that Slack is lacking severely with its diversity and inclusion efforts, despite executives saying they want to implement change. “While we know we haven’t—and won’t—always get it right on the first try, we’re committed to listening to our employees, meeting them where they are with tools, resources and support that are most resonant for them,...

Michelai Graham

May 4, 2021

Tech Startup Bevy Raises $40M Series C to Break Diversity Barriers in Tech and Empower Its Black Employees

Tech startup Bevy — the only enterprise virtual, hybrid, and in-person event community platform on the market — announced that the company has just secured a $40 million Series C funding round in an effort to continue helping companies expand their global customer communities and drive radical change for diversity and inclusion in tech. The funding round was led by Accel Partners — for the second time in the past year — with participation from other investors such as LinkedIn, Qualtrics co-founder Ryan Smith, Upfront Ventures, as well as over 25 top Black leaders in the tech industry. Bevy — currently operating with a completely remote workforce located in 10 different countries on four continents — plans to use the new funding to expand its team from 100 employees to 250 later this year. Not only does this new funding round mark a major milestone for Bevy, it also outlines the company’s intentions to establish more diversity in tech so it deliberately carved out more space to allow...

Njera Perkins

Mar 24, 2021

Founders Partner to Serve as a Free Mental Health Resource to the Black Community Post-Election

For Black Americans, 2020 has been both the year of reckoning and trauma amid the COVID-19 pandemic and long-lead conversations surrounding systemic racism worldwide. As emotions are still running high all over the country pending election results, Americans — Black Americans especially — have been grappling with anger, frustration and sadness as they attempt to navigate their day-to-day tasks to resume business as usual. With another historic election still ahead of us, Black employees need a safe place to share our experiences and process our feelings in a productive manner. To help provide access to mental health resources for Black & Brown professionals during this time, Mimconnect — the career networking platform — has partnered with Bright Ventures and KOKORO to host a free digital wellness session called BREATHE for the Black community post-election. Mimconnect’s ongoing wellness series is designed to curate a safe, anonymized space to address employee concerns. Private...

Njera Perkins

Nov 4, 2020

How to Negotiate a Raise Successfully

Are you underpaid compared to your peers? Have you taken on more responsibilities at work without a salary increase? You probably need to advocate for a raise — a task most people find daunting, especially the first time. But you can do it, given the right strategy, proper preparation, and a little confidence. Determine the Right Strategy The first step is to determine what strategy will be the most effective. Who has decision-making authority over your possible salary increase? It may be your immediate supervisor. Depending on your company’s process and your supervisor’s personality, a direct, fact-based appeal may be the most successful approach. But the decision-maker might be two levels above that person, or there may be multiple decision-makers. Some may be persuaded by logic. To appeal to others, you may need to pander a bit. Do Your Research Being able to prove you are underpaid relative to your peers can strengthen your argument for a raise. Find salary data for comparable...


Nov 3, 2020

How To Effectively Fill Out An Application And Land The Job

Nearly every employer uses a job application form as a part of the hiring process. Some employers use software known as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS systems) to create online job application forms candidates must complete for consideration before they can be invited for an interview. Other employers will schedule phone, or even initial interviews, solely based on resumes and cover letters, but later, they will then ask a group of finalists to complete a job application to move forward. These job applications may seem redundant to candidates, but employers will usually submit them to a third-party background check service to verify employment dates, as well as check criminal history and credit score. Whether you find yourself applying for a position using an online job application form, or if you’re handed one after the first round of interviews, it’s important to complete your job application correctly to maximize your chances of landing a job offer. To do so, complete the job...


Jul 24, 2020

Submit Your Application! Here Are America's Best Employers For Diversity

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace has become more and more of a priority in recent years and while some companies still struggle, there are others that are making tremendous strides. In 2018, Forbes and market research firm Statista began their annual Best Employers for Diversity list.  They surveyed 60,000 Americans working for businesses with a minimum of 1,000 employees about the workplace environment. Participants were asked to openly and honestly rate their employers based on general diversity, as well as age, gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation equality. Answers from workers belonging to minority groups were taken to account and weighted accordingly. Now in its third year, the final list features 500 companies including employers such as Netflix, Google, eBay, and more. Here are the top 5 employers and how they rank in terms of diversity in the workplace.   1. SAP Industry : IT, Internet, Software & Services SAP is a great place for women to work....

Stephanie Ogbogu

Feb 19, 2020