(News One) — Even though Black male unemployment is at a record low of 17%, African-American men are still suffering from the fallout of The Great Recession. According to MSNBC, the current unemployment rate for black men is down from last year’s rate of 17.7%, but still more than double the current rate of 7.9% for their white counterparts. Our social environment creates more obstacles to employment for even highly marketable black male job seekers, so African-American men need focused plans for successful career development. Here are some fresh approaches that can help black men address their unique employment concerns:
1. Find an internship or volunteer. Volunteering or interning is an excellent way to get the inside scoop on job openings at organizations. One recruitment coordinator told the New York Daily News: “It’s a great way for an employer to assess your skills and motivations. It also opens up networking opportunities as well, since you’ll be able to communicate with all sorts of individuals.” Giving your time can also help you build your resume and stay active between full-time positions.