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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.”

Feb 3, 2022

Facebook & More Reach Out After Job Seeker's Transparent Post Goes Viral, 'Today, I Cried'

A moment of frustration and despair led Carah Lockett to LinkedIn, where she would write a viral post garnering half a million views from job recruiters and users who shared similar sentiments. Amidst the pandemic, many reconsidered their current job positions as transitional periods trickled into the workforce economy. The same went for Lockett, who would bravely quit her most recent Navy Federal Credit Union job in August 2021. “There was a lack of growth for me. I want to know that my efforts are working towards something — that there’s an end goal in mind,” she told AfroTech. “Unfortunately working in that branch, I was not able to move up in the way that I wanted to.” Lockett joins a cohort of millennials who have tapped into “The Great Resignation.” Approximately 63 percent of millennials are on the search for new employment opportunities, according to Bankrate’s August jobseeker survey. A push for higher pay is just one factor contributing to the growing quitting spree. The...

Oct 29, 2021

The Black TikTok Strike Isn't About Crediting Viral Dances, It's About Protecting Black Creativity In Digital Spaces

The Black TikTok strike made headlines last month after Black creators seemingly refused to create choreography to Megan Thee Stallion’s “Thot Sh*t” single for non-Black TikTokers to steal without giving credit. However, that wasn’t the beginning and end of the strike’s mission. In fact, the Black TikTok strike was never solely about Black creators refusing to create dances. The real reason for the strike was fueled by users who were fed up and frustrated with the way Black creativity on apps like TikTok is constantly stolen, replicated and profited off of for the benefit of others. According to TikTok influencer Erick Louis — whose viral video helped spark the beginning of the strike — he originally joined the app back in November because he saw the community being built by Black TikTokers that stirred joy, education and entertainment on the platform. However, it’s been disheartening for him to see the way Black creators are excluded and taken advantage of while TikTok does little...

Jul 28, 2021

A’Ziah 'Zola' King's Viral Twitter Thread-Turned-Movie Proves The Power Of Black Voices On Social Media

Believe it or not, Black culture is mainstream culture, but you wouldn’t know it sometimes by the way we are erased from receiving credit as trendsetters and innovators. In some cases, we are oftentimes disappointed — though not surprised — to see others profiting off of our contributions, but when it came to A’Ziah “Zola” King and her viral Twitter thread-turned-movie, she made sure she was always credited as the originator that sparked the first tweet-inspired feature film (yes, a Black woman did that). In 2015, King took to Twitter for a second time — after originally publishing the story on Tumblr and Twitter before deleting it — to share her wild and dangerous road trip story to Florida with strangers. What came of it was the greatest Twitter story ever told and a film adaptation at A24 that chronicled 148 tweets worth of friendship gone wrong, betrayal, stripping, sex trafficking and unbelievably real-life scenarios. The most important lesson from “Zola” is not the film’s...

Jul 7, 2021

Black-Owned Brands Whose Businesses Skyrocketed Amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a widespread negative impact on Black-owned businesses throughout the U.S. this year, forcing many to shut down and/or limit their services. However, some businesses managed to prevail in the midst of the global health crisis, even more so exceeding expectations no one could’ve imagined. While the tragedy of George Floyd’s death has played a huge part in this swell of support for Black-owned businesses this year, it’s opened many people’s eyes up to what we should’ve been doing all along — buying Black. The social uproar that ensued during the mass Black Lives Matter protests in June resulted in a huge surge in sales for Black-owned brands, but the wave of national support has also inspired ongoing campaigns to support these businesses beyond the moment that calls for it. While many owners of these brands were worried about how they were going to survive the pandemic early on, it seems to have turned around in their favor with astronomical success....

Dec 25, 2020

Social Media Shows its Power by Pouring Love into Black Girl Who Says 'I'm Ugly' in Viral Video

Social media’s influence is strong and once again Black Twitter uses its powers for good to spread positive messages across the platform to stress the importance of showing our Black youth love. If you haven’t heard by now, a video of Atlanta-based hairstylist Shabria — aka Lil Wave Daddy — went viral this past weekend of her encouraging a little Black girl named Ariyonna to appreciate her beauty after calling herself ugly. You’ll see the video capture Ariyonna catching a glimpse of herself in the mirror nonchalantly saying “I’m ugly,” to which Shabria responds by wrapping the 4-year-old in her arms and showering her with love. When Black Twitter and Black users on other social media platforms got ahold of the video it went viral in a matter of hours, sparking a massive wave of love and support for the young Black girl. Plus, it sent a mass message to all young Black girls about self-love and beauty. Celebrities...

Mar 12, 2020