Job Opportunities in Baltimore and Miami

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IRC Baltimore is expanding and has two new Americorps positions available. Click here to apply for two Job Placement Americorps positions, that will work with both Matching Grant and State employment programs.

EMM’s Miami office is hiring a Matching Grant Job Developer position. Would you be able to share this posting with your network?

 

 

 

 

If you have a refugee employment job opening, send it to information@higheradvantage.org and we’ll post them on Fridays.

Take Time to Celebrate One Refugee’s Success Today

Don’t lose sight of the individuals amidst the surge!

Sometimes it’s easy to get too busy to appreciate the personal triumphs that make our jobs worthwhile.  The single mom who gained the confidence to ace a job interview. The family that bought a car with their tax return.  The excitement of a first day at work in a job with a new employer partner.

“Nobody is ever just a refugee,” said Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, Nigerian novelist and non-fiction writer, delivering the keynote address at a World Humanitarian Day event in New York. “Nobody is ever just a single thing. And yet, in the public discourse today, we often speak of people as a single a thing. Refugee. Immigrant.”

In a different way, we can also slip into the bad habit of losing sight of any single client achievement among an overwhelming case load.

You can read more about Adichi’s remarks or listen to her entire speech to get a big picture take on the refugee crisis you address one client at a time every day. There may not be time in your schedule for speeches today.  Make time to think about one client’s success and appreciate the role you played in helping them achieve it. 

Please, Take a Quick Lunch Break Today

nyc lunch breakWhile you’re reading this, take a minute to feel good about the difference your hard work makes to refugees. We’re all hustling to get a huge number of arrivals settled in and on solid ground for success.

Leaving your desk at lunch will help you be even more productive and keep burnout away.  A recent article in themuse.com is a fast read on your smart phone while you get 15 minutes of fresh air and sunshine.  You deserve it.

 

 

Job Opportunity in New Orleans

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We’re exploring a new idea to share refugee employment job leads from around the country. It feels a bit like armchair travel. Fun.

Here’s an AmeriCorps volunteer post one with Catholic Charities Archidiocese of New Orleans. Perks of the position include world class food, music, and of Mardi Gras parades!

The role with focus on career counseling and financial literacy training. Download this job description here: Americorps Employment Services Success Coach

If you have a refugee employment job opening, send it to information@higheradvantage.org and we’ll post them on Fridays.

Reader Question: Can Anyone Share Examples of Good Opening Lines?

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Owen Davis, Employment Outreach Specialist with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven, CT asked for more detail after reading our recent post Consultative Selling: A Big Picture Conclusion. Peer presenter Hilary Lucas, Job Developer at Catholic Charities in Cleveland mentioned the importance of having a good opening line when reaching out to employers.

What opening lines have you found to be most successful? Help us answer Owen’s question in the comment section at the end of this post or at information@higheradvantage.org.

Meanwhile here are some tips on opening lines drawn from the 1-day training we hosted with DTG-EMP President Allen Anderson at our Second Annual Refugee Employment Workshop last fall in Omaha.

  • Keep your opening line to 20 seconds or less.
  • Make sure your opening line focuses on the needs of the employer.
  • Find ways to make your opening line interesting.

Allen Anderson also shared two types of openings to use with employers: the Credentials opening, and the Benefits Opening.

Both of these assume that you already know that there is a job opening and that you have access to the decision maker (or hiring department). Both types of opening include three elements: Greeting, Opening line, and Permission to proceed. Here are examples of each.

Credentials Opening

Hi Bill, this Betty Smith from Refugee Employment Services. I heard that you may be hiring an overnight stocker at your store? (Opening Line): I wanted to let you know about our free employment services to connect employers with new Americans who are work authorized and eager to work. We’ve had a lot of success with Walmart, Home Depot and other area business. I was hoping to introduce myself and see if our services might be helpful for your business. (Permission to proceed) Do you have a few minutes to talk?

Benefits Opening

Hi Bill, this Betty Smith from Refugee Employment Services. I heard that you may be hiring an overnight stocker at your store? (Opening line) I am hoping to give you access to free employment services that have helped local employers successfully hire motivated and reliable candidates. I think the quality of our services might be of real benefit to you. I was hoping for a chance to introduce myself and see if there was anything I could do to help you get a good employee for this stocker position? (Permission to proceed) Do you have a few minutes to talk?

 

Have a Job Opportunity to Share? Here’s one in Seattle!

Now HiringWorld Relief Seattle is hiring an Employment Specialist.  Seattle!  Chihuly Glass. The Space Needle.  Pike Street Market.  Strong business and community partnerships.  Innovative refugee programs all over the place.  Cool.

This also got us to thinking that there might be more of you out there who have job opportunities at your office that you would like to share.

Send a link for your refugee employment job opening to information@higheradvantage.org and we’ll post them.

Reader Question: How Do You Create Unique Email and Phone Numbers for Each Client…

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Rachel joined CCSWOH in January new to resettlement work. Her job focuses on in-house job readiness classes and in-house short term vocational training

….even if the client isn’t computer literate and doesn’t have a phone?

Rachel Wiers, Employment Specialist at Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio (CCSWOH) in Cincinnati needs a better solution for creating online applications that require a unique email address and phone number. She’s exhausted all of her team’s phone numbers.

The perfect solution is to spend enough time with each client to help them understand why and how they need to establish and monitor an email account. Rachel knows that, but it isn’t practical to make that happen every time, yet. Meanwhile clients need jobs.

I know this is a common problem because I had the same one. Instead of solving it, there’s a trail of blueunicorns@… email addresses on every free email service out there.

I know our network has better solutions than this. Please help Rachel with your advice by commenting on this blog post or by email at information@higheradvantage.org.

 

4 (Free) Productivity Tools for the Busy Job Developer

A guest post you won’t want to miss from Higher Peer Advisor Stephen Johnson

Our work is stressful. When every hour counts, saving a few minutes goes a long way. The number of productivity tools and applications (apps) out there is overwhelming.

How do we find the programs that actually support our work? Luckily, I’ve road-tested a few of them so you don’t have to. Here are my top four picks.

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.52.46 PM1. Google Voice 

You’re familiar with Google products (Docs, Slides, Calendar). But, have you heard of Google Voice?

With Voice you create a unique phone number for use on most mobile devices. This means you can have two phone numbers on the same phone. You can call or text from each separate number using the Google Voice app.

With this app, you no longer have to carry a separate work phone and still maintain some boundaries with clients and your personal life.

For job development, you can set it to see text and voice messages in your email to speed up your response time when you’re at your desk.

For anyone with an out-of-state area code, you can use a local number to cold call employers. Why not find 202-555-JOBS or the equivalent in your area?

Keep in mind that Voice app is free, but you’ll still pay for calls and data usage on your existing phone plan

2. SlyDial   Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.50.58 PM

How many times have you wanted to leave a voicemail for someone without actually having to talk to them? Here you are.

SlyDial is a phone-messaging service that sends you directly to voicemail . And, get this. You can send a recorded message to multiple numbers at one time. For me, this was so valuable for client reminders to attend a hiring event or job club.

3. Wunderlist  Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.49.39 PM

There are many task management tools out there. If you’re not using some type of system to keep track of your daily to-do list, you probably should be.

Wunderlist stands out for several reasons. The design and interface are simple, easy –to-use and stress-free. You can collaborate between co-workers to create a common to-do list, and access cloud-synced lists from a desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

The program integrates with email to quickly turn messages and attachments into manageable tasks. Supervisors can easily print task lists to delegate to a volunteer or intern.

4. Humin Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.54.51 PM

Ever wanted to track your contacts based on when or where you met them?

Humin organizes all of your contacts retroactively and remembers each addition intuitively. The strongest feature is the dynamic search function that lets you look up a contact based on when and where you first met.

Remember that employer you met at a Chamber of Commerce meeting last year but can’t remember his name? The program uses location service when you first save a contact and, context to anticipate the information you might like to remember down the road.

Humin is part of growing technology trend to develop more intuitive and contextual programs. The learning curve is a bit steeper than the other tools on the list. The more you use it, the more powerful it can be.

Editors note:  Technology moves fast.  Humin was  just acquired by Tinder.  Not sure what that means, but for now, their website is down.

stephen johnsonStephen Johnson just left his job as Early Employment Specialist at IRIS- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services in New Haven, Connecticut. He has 7 years of experience working with refugee communities.  He’s helped our national network in many ways as a member of Higher’s Peer Advisors Network. Bon voyage, Stephen, and thanks from all of us.  

Good Ideas to Celebrate World Refugee Day 2016

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Celebrating Refugee Day

World Refugee Day (June 20) is less than a month away.  

If you don’t yet have a plan for engaging your community, it’s not too late!

Check out this Higher post for seven ways you can engage employers around World Refugee Day.  And, here are four more creative examples from your peers’ 2015 World Refugee Day celebrations across the country.

Promote World Refugee Day and your communities’ celebrations with these two hashtags:  #WRD2016 and #withrefugees.  To make it even easier, get some quick facts and sample tweets, thanks to Refugee Council USA.

Tell us how you’ll showcase and engage employment partners on World Refugee Day this year at information@higheradvantage.org.

Working with Congolese Clients – Video

We’re sharing this video with your mainstream workforce peers today, and we thought you might like to see it too!  Thank you, James Kalunga, for sharing your expertise and client-centered approach with us.