A lot of the stress I experienced stemmed from nonexistent training, work-life balance, stressful work-load, and lack of passion in logistics. Yet, being a young Black leader determined to enhance the company, demand better practices, better connections, and community ties, led to a sense of outgrowing the company. I was evolving and striving to make an impact in the company, but I felt as if no one was truly seeing the potential of my work. Everyone around me was becoming complicit while I was yearning for more opportunity and advancement. I refused to work in the same position at mediocre pay for my entire life. This also led me to another realization – that my next opportunity needed to recognize and amplify my value, not diminish it. Being an outspoken leader demanding excellence is rare. I needed my next opportunity to see my leadership and intelligence as an opportunity for progress and advancement, not a threat.
Throughout my job search I went on a roller coaster of emotions: feeling overwhelmed, happy, excited, sad, and rejected. It was a mental battle between standing firm in my worth and value or sacrificing my sanity again to pay my bills. I was tired. Exhausted. Not to mention, it was quite horrifying to see the job requirements for entry levels positions. Majority of jobs in business require 3-5 years of experience, master’s degrees, relocation, or 3 interview rounds – but at the end of the day aren’t competitive enough in pay, benefits, or promotional growth. Leaving me to truly find what I wanted to do, where I wanted to live, and how I was going to make an impact.
If you’re struggling to find a job during this time, you are not alone. I want you to know you do not need to sacrifice your mental health and can conquer your job search. It will take time, but you can make your time worthwhile by following these 5 tips towards amplifying your career.