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These resources, developed by Switchboard, are specifically intended to assist case managers in preparing clients for employment and should be used as a guide alongside the accompanying blog post.

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Newcomer women possess valuable skills to contribute to the workforce. Service providers have the unique opportunity to leverage these capabilities and empower newcomer women to actively engage in the workplace. This blog post addresses employment barriers that women face and explores strategies for supporting newcomer women in their career development.   Understanding the Participation Gap Recent […]

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This evidence summary, authored by Switchboard, summarizes the state of available evidence regarding strategies to improve the employment rates of refugee women in employment programs. Limited but growing evidence shows positive impacts of national policies on the employment rates of refugees. Canada’s Educational Credential Assessment requirement for economic migrants and private sponsorship programs has shown […]

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The Problem with Standalone Healthcare Vocational Training Before fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo with her husband and infant son, Veronicah had a decade-long career as a nurse. Like many refugees, Veronicah was forced to leave suddenly, and she did not pack her diploma or transcript, the necessary documentation to verify her professional history. In […]

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A mock interview emulates a real job interview and can help increase confidence, skills, and comfort with interview techniques. This interview can take place in person, virtually, or by phone. This guide describes the mock interview process, provides common questions, reviews guidelines for effective interviewing, and more.

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This resource, created by Upwardly Global, provides insight to the barriers that Ukrainian newcomers face when on the job market in the United States and how community sponsors can assist in the newcomer job seeker journey. It describes how internationally trained professionals (ITPs) face barriers throughout the job search process from recruitment and interviewing to […]

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This resource outlines steps employers can take to support Ukrainian newcomers, including: hiring, internships/returnships, training, mentoring/volunteerism, wrap-around support for women, widespread integration and top-level commitment, branding and messaging, and donating.

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This self-paced course is designed for direct service employment staff and other service providers who help prepare refugee clients for work in the United States. At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to identify adult education principles and recognize how these principles can be applied to refugee employment services. You will also […]

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In many employment programs, the key objectives are helping clients become self-sufficient and work towards their personal career goals. In addition to programs through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and other federal agencies, Department of Labor (DOL)-funded programs can help clients do just this. This information guide reviews how to get started in exploring […]

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Hosted on March 30, 2022, this training was delivered by Rishan Habte, Program Officer for Economic Empowerment, Switchboard; Kim Vitelli, Administrator, Office of Workforce Investment, Department of Labor (DOL); Ayreen Cadwallader, Workforce Researcher and Analyst, Office of Workforce Investment, DOL; and Karen Connor, Division Chief for Workforce Investment, DOL. With a record number of new […]