New to Refugee Employment? (Or Not.) Peer Support is Important.

Ever feel like noone gets what you do?  Wish you could hear from someone else doing this work?  Take two minutes to give yourself a quick dose of peer support.

Laura Pugliano, Lutheran Family Services in Lancaster, PA talks about her first year in refugee employment.  You’ll appreciate how much Laura’s experience captures the diversity, pace and sastifaction in what we all do.

Your Top 10 Interview Prep Best Practices

10 Interview Preparation Best Practices10 Interview Preparation Best Practices is a visual collection of your tips, tricks, and best practices for providing clients with the skills they need to successfully interview for employment.

This is the second of five resource sheets from speed dating”, where 120 refugee employment service providers at our Second Annual Refugee Employment  split into small groups and spent 10 minutes discussing each of five topics.

Be sure to download the complete set of notes here. There’s so much great information it was hard to know where to start!

Looking for more interview preparation resources? Through Higher’s Online Learning Institute, we offer several free eLearning modules that you and your clients can access. Consider showing one in job readiness class or one-on-one with clients. Interview Behavior Videos or How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions are great resources to check out.

We have several other resources in the works, so be sure to check back often. As always, please let us know your ideas for other resources to make your jobs easier.

New Resource for Supervisors

what about us infoLearning from 120 peers was one of the highlights of our Second Annual Refugee Employment Workshop. We have been working hard to turn everything we learned into resources you can use.

Download the first of five resource sheets from “speed dating”, where all attendees split into small groups and spent 10 minutes discussing each of five topics.

What About Us captures your solutions for time management, professional development and staff supervision.

We hope that both new and seasoned managers can find something useful in this resource. We were surprised to see that staff actually want more meetings!

Another item that showed up several times in the notes was the desire for professional development. We can help with this. Through Higher’s Online Learning Institute, we offer several free eLearning modules that you can offer to your staff as professional development opportunities.  Consider discussing them in a staff meeting after your team has completed a course.  Employability Assessment or Case Notes are great ones to start.

We have several other resources in the works, so be sure to check back often.  As always, please let us know your ideas for other resources to make your jobs easier.

 

2015 Picture Gallery: Happy New Year!

Omaha CollageCheck out the refugee employment cartoon from Gary Phelps with EWARM in Wichita, KS.

Tips for Working in the U.S. – Video

Check out advice for refugees from 28 of your peers who attended Higher’s Second Annual Refugee Employment Workshop in Omaha last week.

Let us know what you think and if there’s anything we can do to make it more useful for you and your clients.  Please feel free to share with your clients, colleagues and personal networks!

Live from Omaha!

Highlights from Day One of Higher’s Second Annual Refugee Employment Workshop
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Here are some statistics from  a packed day learning new sales-based techniques for job development from consultant Allen Anderson and our colleagues from Colorado and Nebraska.

92% of jobs are gotten through trusted referrals or being in the right place at the right time.

Only 8% of jobs are gotten through “competition” (applying along with everyone else.)

Each Job Developer should have strong relationships with at least 25 employers who are repeat hirers.

The majority of attendees at today’s optional session on job development spend less than 25% of their time developing relationships with employers.

120 attendees from 26 states, 50+ cities and 8 national resettlement agency networks are learning together here in Omaha. Follow what we’re all excited  about @higheradvantage!

 

 

 

 

6 Talking Points to Convince Your Boss to Send You To Omaha!

raiseJoin us at Higher’s Second Annual Refugee Employment Workshop, 11/4-6 in Omaha, NE!

1. There’s no risk involved and results are guaranteed.  Attendance at Higher peer workshops have been a proven strategy for new hire orientation and professional development for refugee employment professionals for 18 years.

2. At only $250 + expenses, it’s a very affordable learning opportunity. Pay now or after the start of the next fiscal year.

3.  You’ll bring back tons of new ideas and information to benefit the entire team.  For example, we’ll offer two sessions you can replicate at a staff meeting and in your own job readiness classes.

4.  Your clients will benefit from significantly expanded job opportunities. You’ll learn from the international consultant who has helped peers in Colorado and Nebraska, who will share what’s working for them.

5. We’ll hear about the latest academic research on refugee career advancement strategies based on impact research from Dr. Faith Nibbs, Director of the Forced Migration Innovation Project at SMU in Dallas, TX.  (New session just confirmed.)

6. It’s easy to learn more and register.  Click here, visit our homepage or get in touch at information@higheradvantage.org with any questions.