Looking for Arabic Language Job Readiness Resources?

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In case you didn’t know, YOU are our greatest resource! After receiving several requests for Arabic language resources, we put out a call for resources earlier this month, and sure enough, our network responded.

Our friends Ali Abid and Brittani Mcleod from Catholic Community Services of Utah submitted a helpful English/Arabic version of the Walmart job interview, and Carol Tucker from Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska provided us with several other Arabic/English Job Readiness materials.

Visit our Downloadable Resources section to check out these great resources! You may also want to check out a post we published in 2014 that links to picture vocabulary guides in several languages, including Arabic.

As we continue to serve Iraqi refugees and SIV recipients and anticipate increasing numbers of Syrian arrivals, these resources will continue to be a “must have” for your Cultural Orientation and Job Readiness tool box. If you have other Arabic language resources that you would like to share please email us at .

Arabic Language Job Readiness Resources

Here is a list of helpful Job Readiness Resources in Arabic that we have collected from our network:

Many thanks to Ali Abid and Brittani Mcleod at Catholic Community Services of Utah and Carol Tucker at Lutheran Family Services, Nebraska. If you have other Arabic language resources that you would like to share please email us at .

Free Card Sort Tool to ID Core Values

Some of the values included in the online values card sort tool featured in this post

“There are the values we think we should have and then there are the values we really have”, according to an article by Lily Zhang for The Muse.

The difference between the two is even harder to understand when you add cultural differences and all of the stressors involved in starting a job quickly in a new country.

 Values Card Sort by Richard Knowdell is a free resource that provides 54 different core values and three categories to sort them into ranging from Very Important to Not Important.

We usually help clients think about the marketable skills they offer.  When we talk about the kind of job they want based on values, it is often in the context of assuring their compliance with the requirement to accept the first available job.

How to Use the Tool in Your Work
  • Zhang suggests using this tool to clarify the choice between two career opportunities or define required qualities in a company’s culture.
  • Consider using it to focus a discussion about accepting the first available job.  You can explain how realistic job options will offer or lead toward the fundamental values clients prioritize in the exercise.
  • Use it to gently address cultural differences that might shift some of the values. For example, the stated value might be “close to home”. The real value might be “social status” that is damaged by using public transportation in their culture. This exercise could make it easier to talk about how different U.S. workplace values might help you help clients feel more open to being flexible.
  • For clients that have never had the chance to work or chose the kind of work they want to do, this simple exercise could help them begin to think about that choice for the first time.  It offers some good English language vocabulary, too.
  • You could even integrate into your employability assessment or initial discussions about program requirements and agency policies.
Some Technical Details

After a very simple sign-up process, it’s easy to find in in the Tools and Resources section listed on the top menu bar.  You can reset the tool as many times as you want to use it with more than one client.  Although they offer an option to print a report, it doesn’t really do that.


Fresh Research on Job Readiness

interview researchA recent study compares job search effectiveness in recent grads and more experienced job seekers. The differences between them were attributed primarily to soft skills learned in the workplace on the part of the higher skilled job seekers.

It’s interesting research. Click here to read for yourselves and see a summary infographic.

The bottom line for refugees? Most of our clients will rely on us to include best practices in our job readiness activities. The research shows that we’re well positioned to play this role and haven’t missed important trends.

Here are the relevant take-aways for refugee job seekers and employment service providers

1.  People with current job search experience (like us) are the best resource for job seekers.

When cutting edge job search strategies are technology-driven (like social media and apps to manage the process), traditional resources aren’t able to keep up. Traditional resources like websites and print resources don’t keep pace. The best way to learn about cutting-edge trends is to ask others fresh from a job search. (This means us, since we conduct job searches on a daily basis, right?)

2.  We’re all over three of the top five highest impact categories for improvement.

Networking skills, social media presence and effective responses to interview questions are in the top 5 categories that can deliver the highest impact on job search success. These topics are both cited by employers as important and got low scores from all job seekers surveyed. We all know these are important and provide clients information about them, when appropriate.

3.  Behavioral interview questions are hard for everyone.

Answering behavioral interview questions is the number one skill missing among all job seekers related to job interview skills. Higher has an eLearning course for that targeting refugee and immigrant job seekers. Check out this free resource on our website if you don’t’ already have your own username and password.

Know Your Rights Video in 9 Languages

everifyThe E-Verify Employee Rights and Responsibilities video is now captioned in Chinese (traditional), French, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Haitian-Creole. The video is also available in English and Spanish.

Click here to access the videos.  At just under six minutes, consider using the video in job readiness classes or as part of the support you provide to clients preparing to begin their first job.

Building Client Motivation through Job Readiness Activities

Building Client Motivation through Job Readiness Activities. A PowerPoint presentation from Carrie Thiele with ECDC affiliate African Community Center, Denver (ACC-DEN). Delivered at a job readiness session at Higher’s 2 Day Refugee Employment Workshop in Baltimore, 11/10-11/2014.

Vocabulary Picture Guides

Caritas of Austin, TX produced these great picture vocabulary guides for hotel housekeeping and entry level food services. They have been used with customized short term vocational training programs and target vocational ESL, employer relations and improved workplace communication. The files are large and may be difficult to reformat and print, so have been made available as separate downloads. They are laid out for a half-page format that can be printed on thick paper stock and laminated or bound into a simple double-sided booklet. There are many other language versions that we hope to make available soon. Thanks to Caritas of Austin for sharing this valuable resource.

Vladimir Bessonov’s Vocabulary List

Vladimir Bessonov’s vocabulary list of PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR to enhance your work with clients. You can see the original Higher blog post that explains how to use this tool HERE.

Cool Games in Higher’s U.S. Job Cycle eLearning Course

Screen shot of the Card Sort game in the eLearning course. We give you everything you need to download to use it later, too!

Our new U.S. Job Cycle  eLearning course demonstrates how to conduct a field-tested job readiness session.  It includes two flexible, interactive games – a card sort game and word search puzzle.

Check ’em out online in the eLearning course and download printable versions with instructions and everything you need to use them.

What?  Don’t have your free username and password for Higher’s Online Learning Institute, yet?  Click here to learn more and sign up.

Insider tip:  Sign up before December 17 and you could be eligible to enter a drawing to win a prize you’ll really want.

Surprising Restaurant Industry Stats [Infographic]

Restaurant Snip TwoDid you know that 52% of dishwashers surveyed would like to work additional hours?  Given the frequently parttime nature of this common starter job for our clients, this statistic isn’t surprising.

A useful infographic from the National Restaurant Association offers several facts that are surprising about upward mobility, employee longevity and a strong pathway to small business ownership.  Click here for a PDF version.

The visual presentation and strong factual evidence could help resistant clients better appreciate where entry level restaurant jobs can lead.

Thanks to HR Bartender, where I found the resource.  You can read much of the source research for the infographic here.