Reminder: Register Now to Join our Webinar on Wednesday, March 30th

webinar2Please join us Wednesday, March 30th at 2pm EST for our webinar, The Interactive Job Readiness Classroom: Activities that Motivate Clients.

Learn how to incorporate interactive activities into the job readiness classroom. Hear how your peers incorporate games, videos, and Higher eLearning resources to keep job readiness classes fun, client-centered and results-oriented.

Register for the webinar here.

Panelists will discuss resources that require varying levels of technology in the classroom. Whether you have zero connectivity or a whole computer lab at your disposal, you’ll want to try something you hear during this webinar.

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Reader Question: How Do You Portray Unique Refugee Experience on a Resume?

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Ok, so this isn’t Nate, but he’s almost as cool!

Nate Weigel, Employment Coordinator at World Relief Tri-Cities is looking for advice about creating effective client resumes.

Obviously resumes are an important aspect of the American employment process, but clients often lack traditional U.S. work experience. This can make it difficult to create a competitive resume.

Are there ways we can use the unique refugee experience as an asset to make their resume stand out?  What experience can you offer that doesn’t just omit relevant experience on a resume because it’s unconventional?

This is a great question, and one that we’ve been asked before.  If you have any advice for Nate, please comment on this post or send us your suggestions and resources so that we can compile your feedback in a future blog post.

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Free Higher Webinar: The Interactive job Readiness Classroom

webinar2Please join us Wednesday, March 30th at 2pm EST for a free webinar, The Interactive Job Readiness Classroom: Activities that Motivate Clients.

Learn how to incorporate interactive activities into the job readiness classroom. Hear how your peers use games, videos, and Higher eLearning resources to keep job readiness classes fun, client-centered and results-oriented.

Peer panelists will discuss resources that require varying levels of technology in the classroom. Whether you have zero connectivity or a whole computer lab at your disposal, you’ll want to try something you hear during this webinar.

Please join us Wednesday, March 30th at 2pm EST. Register for the webinar here.

 

 

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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.

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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 information@higheradvantage.org.

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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 information@higheradvantage.org.

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Free Card Sort Tool to ID Core Values

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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