Employment: Employee Perspective

From the employee side

Providing support preparing for and finding jobs

What follows are the “raw notes” from the forum “Hope, Opportunity, & Race,” held at the Chase Riverfront Center on Nov. 14., organized by the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow. Captured by meeting facilitators, they represent ideas discussed at five action-oriented workshops held during the forum. These notes are not definitive and do not represent the position of the Coalition, but rather reflect the unmediated concerns and ideas of participants in the forum.

In the weeks following the forum, these action items will be evaluated, sifted, sorted, and assigned to existing Action Committees. In some cases, new working groups will be formed to address issues not already covered by the Coalition’s existing structure. They will be further refined at the Coalition’s open public meeting on December 7 at Hanover Presbyterian Church.

Check the Coalition’s meeting schedule and join the conversation in person.  Your comments are also welcome at feedback@endnewjimcrow.org. 

Create a walk-in center to help and support African American job seekers

  • Apply for jobs that match their skill sets, credentials and education levels.
  • Offer mock-interview training, role playing
  • Provide knowledge of how to complete an application properly.
  • Creating supportive environment to inspire, encourage people to seek jobs/careers they are passionate about.
  • Research the company culture, employee base
  • Look for volunteer work to fill a gap in employment.
  • Help with professional presentation, business etiquette, dress, etc.
  • Provide support in writing attractive and engaging resumés
  • Advise on social media presence effect on job prospects
  • Support and educate for positive networking