Happy Monday! Are you ready for another week? Before things get crazy, take a few minutes individually or with your team (ideally with some good coffee!) to think about your job development strategy. Do you have one?
If you do, are you staying on track? Often when we get overwhelmed by the “tyranny of the urgent” (whatever is demanding our attention at the moment), we lose sight of our strategy, and we end up working harder and not smarter.
So what does a good refugee employment strategy look like? Well, there isn’t just one answer to this question. Your strategy will depend on your local economy, the skills of your clients, which jobs are accessible by public transportation, and which companies you have an “open door” with based on your personal or professional networks.
Here are four areas you can look at as you consider which employers you should be targeting:
While not always possible, the best case scenario is when you can match the aptitudes, interests and skills of your clients to local employers who are in need of motivated and dependable workers, which can be difficult for them to find.
A wonderful example of this was highlighted in a recent New York Times article and Al Jazeera video (below) on Bhutanese refugees in New York who have capitalized on their backgrounds in rural life and farming to meet the needs of NY dairy farms.
To find the most strategic industries to target in your area, check out some of the tools on www.careeronestop.org, which were highlighted in the recent Higher post, Hitting the Target: Prospecting Techniques That Work.
We’d love to hear how you and your team have developed your refugee employment strategy. How do you expand your employer network? Which employers do you prioritize? What strategies have you discovered that might be helpful for others? Let us know at email@example.com.