11 Job Options for Low Skilled Clients

Want AdsMost of our newly arriving clients need to begin work before they have fully mastered English.  Although they bring strong transferable skills, they lack the US work experience many employers require.

After gathering great ideas from around the country, it’s time to repost this list from a September 2013 post with some great new ideas!

Several are seasonal summer opportunities.  Now is the time to pursue these.

  • School and University Student Services – contractor and direct employment in multiple dormitory, student union and sports facility food outlets.  Multiple janitorial, building and grounds maintenance opportunities, too.
  • Recycling – sorting single streams, electronic component break-down or simple processing into reusable materials could be contractor or government jobs.   
  • OrangeRoad- or Curb-side Trash Pick-up – it’s hot work, but road crews often leave from central locations and can be full time seasonal work for people who don’t want to work indoors
  • Goodwill Sheltered Employment – Opportunities could include retail stores, temporary staffing services, donation sorting and vocational training.  Lack of English is often a qualifying barrier for receiving services.
  • Food Processing – think beyond meat packing to the booming locavore, organic and artisanal sectors, as well as frozen food.  Look at grocery store suppliers, too.
  • OrangeFarming/gardening/landscaping – look into arboretums, urban farms, corporate campuses, apartment complexes, nurseries, garden stores and lawn care services
  • General labor with a small contractor – larger companies may have inflexible safety and security parameters, but small contractors or independent professionals may be willing to give clients a chance.
  • OrangeVehicle detailing – car washes, rental car agencies, other businesses with commercial fleets – like Greyhound or school districts and contract detailing services.
  • Home Healthcare for Relatives – in some cases, SSDI benefits can include payment for in-home care provided by a family member. Find out more from resettlement colleagues or other social work professionals.
  • Housekeeping – many clients are afraid of this type of work, but hotels are key employers in many places. Nursing homes, office cleaning contractors or anywhere with public space could also be options for this type of work.
  • Dishwasher Hotels, convention service contractors, chain restaurants and nursing homes can all be great possibilities.  Some fast food chains (like Kentucky Fried Chicken) have positions with no customer contact.

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