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26-Year-Old Elijah Wallace Received 99 Rejections Before Landing His Dream Job On His 100th Application

Finding the ideal job is no easy feat. And with the pandemic rapidly shifting the job market, landing the job of choice has gotten more complicated. This narrative couldn’t be more accurate for people like 26-year-old Elijah Wallace. An accomplished graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago, Wallace landed his first post-collegiate role with JP Morgan – staying there for about two years before venturing off to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors as the founder of a watch company. However, Wallace found out what many other start-up founders already know – entrepreneurial life is a real grind and hustle. With profits taking too long to come in from his business, Wallace started exploring the job market again. As many know, Wallace admits this search was definitely a “process.” “[Applying for jobs] was a full-time job in itself; I networked on LinkedIn every day and applied for 100 jobs in finance and received rejection after rejection,” according to Wallace, as reported by Metro. “I...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 15, 2022

Report Finds Black Engineers Feel More Confident Entering Tech Industry With Technical Interview Practice

Black engineers made up for only six percent of computer programmers across the nation in 2020, compared to white engineers accounting for 68 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Karat, a technical interviewing company, released a new research report in partnership with Howard University (HU) that explores the job access barrier for Black software engineers. The pair teamed up to host focus groups earlier this year to survey 300 Black computer science students and alumni from Howard University, Morehouse College and University of North Carolina Charlotte. The Interview Access Gap for Black Engineers report is co-authored by Dr. Legand Burge, III, a computer science professor at HU; Dr. Katherine Picho-Kiroga, assistant professor of educational psychology at HU; and Portia Kibble Smith, head of diversity and inclusion at Karat. “There’s been a lot of research conducted on STEM education and the opportunity gaps that exist for Black students,” Kibble Smith told...

Michelai Graham

Sep 16, 2021

How To Crush Your Next Job Interview

You’ve just landed a job interview, and you’re understandably excited. Suddenly, your stomach shifts with anxiety as you try to figure out what to do next. First, don’t panic. Follow these simple steps to nail that interview and walk away with a job offer. Do your homework Learn everything you can about your prospective employer. Review their product line and price points, read both employee and customer reviews on third-party sites, and read study any local industry analyses you can find.  You’ll not only be able to determine if this company is a good fit for you but sprinkling this kind of information into an interview can set you apart from other candidates. Dress appropriately Each business has its own workplace attire standards, which you should try to determine before your interview. You may want to wear something in line with what your prospective employer expects its staff to wear, but formal business attire is best when in doubt. Also, make sure your paperwork, such as your...


Oct 30, 2020

How to Write a Killer Resume and Land Your Next Job

One of the first steps to landing your next job is producing a resume that effectively showcases you to a potential employer. Your resume, along with your cover letter, often serves as the first impression a hiring manager has of you. And just as you would wear a sharply pressed suit to a job fair to make a favorable first impression, you should take similar care to craft a resume that is polished and professional to maximize your chances of landing an interview and securing a job. Most resumes consist of your contact information, followed by sections that detail your experience, skills, education, and relevant interests (usually in that order). There are numerous resume templates online that you can download and swap out boilerplate language with your own information. But you’ll need to put in a little more elbow grease to craft a resume that really stands out. Formatting Your Resume In most cases, it’s best to keep your resume formatting fairly simple. Use a conventional font,...


Aug 25, 2020

Research Reveals Black Women Wearing Natural Hairstyles Are Less Likely to Get Job Interviews

Though natural hairstyles are more popular these days, Black women who wear styles like curly afros, twists, or braids are less likely to get job interviews, reports CNN . A study — which has yet to be published — conducted by researchers from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business reports that participants deemed natural hairstyles as unprofessional. Researchers selected hundreds of people from various racial backgrounds to score potential job candidates for competence, professionalism, among other things. As a result, the findings show that Black women with natural hair scored lower for competence and professionalism compared to Black women with straight hair. In addition, Black women donning natural coifs had lower scores than white women with straight hair and curly hair. Despite companies’ recent efforts to “eradicate racism at systemic and structural levels,” researcher Ashleigh Shelby Rosette — a management professor and a senior associate dean — noted that many biases...

Niki McGloster

Aug 14, 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

How to Write an Effective Cover Letter

Nearly every job application requires a cover letter — a brief one to two-page document in which you make your case in writing as to why you are the best candidate for the job opening in question. Your cover letter allows you to provide context to your career trajectory thus far, provide concrete and detailed examples of your past success, and outline how your experience to date would add value to a prospective employer. A well-written cover letter can help you advance to the next stage of the job application process, while a poorly written one may end your chances of landing the job. But you can craft an engaging and persuasive cover letter by following these simple tips. Tailor your cover letter Many job candidates draft a single cover letter and use it for every job opening to which they apply. Experienced HR managers can quickly spot these generic cover letters — letters which call into question a job applicant’s desire to work for their company and, if hired, their willingness...


Mar 26, 2020