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.


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Job Upgrade Strategies for Employment Professionals

ladderRecent advice from about career advancement strategies in a small organization with little room for promotion resonated for me.  We think about job upgrades for clients every day, but what about us?

In the relatively small refugee resettlement network where we all work with limited resources, it’s often hard to advance without having to consider leaving the work you’re passionate about, the agencies you know make a difference and the communities where you have strong connections.

When I reflect on successful career paths I see in our network, they all have changing employers and/or geographic locations in common. That can also mean overseas experience, working with refugees in camps, urban environments or resettlement processing centers.

How can you build skills to achieve career advancement for yourself, until you’re ready to make a big move?

Build your Educational Credentials

For example, hrbartender says “look for opportunities to learn something new. Your community partners can help you with that.  Here are two examples:

  1.  Human service agencies often required Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for social workers to maintain their professional credentials. Consider how to access courses offered through the agencies you already collaborate with for client referrals.  Ask your social worker colleagues about training resources made available to members of the National Association of Social Work (NASW).
  2. HR professionals are all about training and you have lots of those in your job development contacts, right? Ask them for advice. Or, find contact information for the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Read hrbartender’s post for more smart suggestions for continuing to grow professionally without switching jobs (or while building your skills for the next career move).

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May 4-6, 2015: NAWDP 2015 Annual Conference

NAWDP 2015 Annual Conference

May 4-6, 2015  Las Vegas, Nevada

Over 900 workforce professionals from across the nation are expected including: One-Stop Center/AJC Staff, Job Developers, Re-Entry Specialist, Youth Build Grantees, Community College Representatives, Job Corps Professionals, Senior Community and Employment Service Providers, Business and Employer Representatives, WIB Executive Directors, Career and Guidance Counselors, Juvenile Justice Specialists, Educators and Trainers.

Click here to learn more about this event.

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