Navigating the workplace and job market as a racial minority comes with a unique set of challenges. According to a report by Revliolabs, there has been a decline in diverse hiring. Errol Pierre, a business executive adjunct college professor has insights into how people of color can successfully navigate an unfair and unbalanced workforce.
Find a Mentor
Building a network of professional connections can open new opportunities. Racial minorities can benefit from finding a professional mentor with the same background as them. However, finding the right person to guide you through your career can prove successful.
Fight Imposter Syndrome and Protect Your Mental Health
Imposter syndrome and feeling like you’re unqualified for the role is common in many marginalized groups, especially women of color. Understand that you don’t need to live up to impossible standards. Your mental health is very important. Pierre notes how code-switching at the workplace can take a mental toll. Journaling or seeing a therapist can help.
Establish rapport with other employees who you normally wouldn’t talk to, Pierre suggests. This is the first step to take in establishing a network of allies who can be in your corner.
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