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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!






  1. Our core Employment Team in New Haven, CT, Stephen Johnson, Owen Davis and myself are sad not to be in Omaha. I learned a lot, and presented, last year in Baltimore. I wonder how you gathered information saying that a majority of attendees spend less than 25% of their time developing relationships with employers. Our team as a whole certainly spends more than 25% of our time on employer relationships. We always trumpet this as the leading factor in our placement success. We have a part time job developer who does nothing else but employer outreach! Very best to all and may you have a productive few days in Omaha. – Will

  2. This was a fantastic opportunity for networking and learning new skills to benefit our refugee community! Thank you to the Higher team for your seamless coordination and energy, and hats off to the Omaha team as well for your warm hospitality!

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