Meet the Black, Female Entrepreneurs Making a Safe Space for Minority Professionals

Dipper co-founders Jacinta C. Mathis and Netta Jenkins have discovered new purpose amid growing economic unease. April 29, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When you think about the “American Dream,” what probably comes to mind is getting a quality education and pursuing a successful career. As children, most minorities were encouraged to get a degree so they can land their dream jobs. However, achieving those goals didn’t prepare us for substandard workplace environments, bad leadership, lack of equal pay and overall pervasive discrimination. Now, amid the COVID-19 crisis, we have to cope with the added challenge of toxic remote-work experiences. However, there are many minority professionals making major strides in giving a voice to the voiceless. Take black, female tech innovators Jacinta C. Mathis and Netta Jenkins, who have created solutions platform Dipper, a digital safe place and community for minorities to share their workplace experiences — whether good, […]

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Why Your Best Move Might Be to Ditch Your Day Job for a Dream Job

If working for someone else isn’t making you as happy as you expected, it might be time to quit your 9-to-5 and start your own business. March 17, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes There’s nothing more discouraging than going to a job you hate every day knowing you have a dream or a business that you can’t give your full attention to. If this sounds like you, dropping out of your career could be the best move you ever make. But I think it’s important to try to transition gradually into full-time entrepreneurship and start building the dream while you’re still working. While you Rehab you on your career rehab journey, you can Rehab your business as you develop your business idea. When you Rehab your business, […]

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Smart Tips for Setting the Pace at Your New Job

You may not be the boss, but you are in charge of just how quickly you assimilate and how much work you take on in the early days of a new job. Find out how to do it right. March 10, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes When you start a new job, it’s important to begin the career relationship the way you want it to be for as long as you plan to have that job. You’re in the driver’s seat, so don’t be afraid to set your work pace in the first 90 days. During this stage, you should be evaluating what you like and dislike about your job as you get to know the people, the culture, and your responsibilities. The first 90 days is […]

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How to Fearlessly – But Softly – Break Up with Your Job

Once you know a job isn’t right for you, it’s time to move on to the next better position. Here’s how to leave your place of employment without burning any bridges. March 3, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes According to The Balance Careers website, some of the top reasons that employees quit their job relate directly to the employer. Employers don’t always support the career goals of the employee, for instance, and sometimes the culture of the employer isn’t a good fit for the employee. Or employees feel frustrated with the poor leadership and lack of vision of the organizations. If you’re feeling frustrated at work, these signs might be familiar to you. If so, it’s time to make the break for good. Your breakup has to […]

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Building Your Street Cred to Get the Salary You Deserve

Once you know how to earn credibility in a job environment, you can ask for – and earn – the money you deserve. February 25, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes According to the Macmillan Dictionary, “street cred” means “respect or admiration among young fashionable people, especially in a city.” In urban communities, people are seeking validation from their peers or people beneath them in the social pecking order. Individuals with street cred have nice cars, clothes and a strong influence on how people think and feel. This is similar to the corporate world, where professionals look up to industry leaders and their managers for their accomplishments, salaries or job titles. But here’s something I’ve learned over the years about the concept of “credibility:” We’re seeking it from other people […]

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How to Work the Room Like a Network Hustler

Learning to be a networking go-getter is easy if you follow this advice from a networking pro. February 18, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes The word hustler, by definition, means an aggressively enterprising person, or a go-getter. And while the word generally has a negative connotation these days, I think hustlers have genius ways for getting what they want from a new person or situation. You probably decided to rehab your career because you wanted to be a go-getter. Corporate America is your turf, so hustle yourself into new conversations with people who can help you level up your personal brand or land your dream job. Check out these four benefits of networking like a hustler: It builds your personal brand confidence because it gives you more […]

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Preparing for Showtime: The Job Interview

Learn how to properly prepare for a job interview and perform well as you interview for new jobs. February 11, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes Most traditional career coaches teach you to prepare for a job interview the usual way: Know your resume, research the company and review the job description. But I like to instruct my clients to tell their brand’s story in a way that displays their subject-matter expertise. When a person is looking for a new home, they want unique community amenities, appliances and spaces that other homes don’t offer. When you show up at a job interview, your goal is to showcase what’s unique and special about you. You want to walk out leaving a memorable impression and with the panel feeling like you killed […]

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Why You Need to Start Dating Jobs

The only way to find the career path that’s the best fit for you is to date around. We’ll show you how to make the most of your job dates. February 4, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes One way to develop your personal brand for your career is to start “dating” jobs. You can’t expand your career dimensions and be present in different career spaces and rooms without trying out various jobs to see how well they suit you. And when you date jobs, you can rapidly and easily increase your career salary because you’re constantly landing new jobs and learning skills as you travel your career path. Look at it like this: When you date people, you’re spending time with someone you like, but you’re not […]

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How to Become a Brand, Not an Employee

Learn about the quick-hitting things you can do now to begin building your brand at work. January 28, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes When you’re an employee, you often think you’re expected to only do what you’re told, and you don’t always see your knowledge as valuable. The employee mindset doesn’t challenge leadership or other team members to enhance or create a new, innovative way to perform an existing process. When you have a branding mindset, on the other hand, you think of your expertise and knowledge like a product or service. Brands offer unique products or experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s the same in the professional world: You have to go to work and provide expertise and unique experiences with your team members […]

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How to Turn Your Work-Related Stress and Anxiety into Accomplishments

Feeling sad about your current job or stuck in a career you hate? Use these tips to turn things around and start moving ahead while you’re looking for a new job. January 21, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes Career sadness can build over years and affect your confidence, but you have to get the sadness out and get to the root of what will make you happy. The process of letting go of this sadness will require you to fight off the mental, physical, and spiritual side effects of stress, anxiety, and depression. You can’t rehab your career if you’re feeling: Related: 8 Questions That Will Help Diagnose Your Current Career Status Stress Anxiety Depression So let’s lose the SAD. We’re going to rename SAD to ADS (short […]

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8 Questions That Will Help Diagnose Your Current Career Status

Ask yourself these 8 questions to determine what issues you need to fix in order to revamp your career. January 14, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes Once you decide your career needs rehabbing, you need to evaluate the current state of your career. This is the “diagnosis” phase. It’s similar to a contractor inspecting a home they’re planning to renovate: You’re going to evaluate what remains strong, what could use some minor repairs, and what needs to be completely gutted and rebuilt. This inspection of your career is called the Rehab YOU Evaluation, and it will require you to be transparent and open to new ways of designing, building, testing and launching your personal brand, once you select the career path that’s right for you. The Rehab YOU […]

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Build Your Squad for Financial Success

It’s time for women of color in business to lift each other up. January 13, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It was a fall evening in Washington, D.C., and I was in an Uber on my way to a book-launch event for my good friend, Minda Harts. As I was reading Minda’s book, The Memo: What Women of Color to Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table, I was shocked to come across an interesting section called “What About Your Friends?” In this section, she discusses the advantages of women of color sharing their career salaries and financial-management strategies with each other. We all know there is a wage-gap problem amongst women, and an even larger problem amongst women of color. As a young child, I was always taught to never share my personal finances with my family, friends and co-workers. […]

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The 9-Step Quick Guide to Rehabbing Your Career

If you feel stuck in a job you’ve outgrown — or never really wanted — these 9 tips can help you get unstuck and find work you love. January 7, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Kanika Tolver’s book Career Rehab. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes One of the most important phases of your career rehab journey is creating your Rehab YOU career blueprint. Become the architect of your career by considering your desired career path, location, salary, scope, organization type, benefits and perks and mentors. You’ll start to feel more confident in your career renovations as you craft your vision of your dream career. Here’s how to get started:  Related: Building a Meaningful Career 1. Be a brand, not an employee Most employees don’t see themselves as brands because they don’t feel empowered by their company’s leadership or don’t […]

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