Supporting Women as First-Time Jobseekers

This webinar will share effective strategies to assist women newcomers in preparing for the U.S. job market. It will identify key barriers to employment that women newcomers experience and explore how service providers can address these barriers in a strengths-based, holistic way.

One key area of focus will be how to create a supportive and safe environment for women to clearly define their career aspirations and understand the steps needed to achieve these goals. We will delve into methods for assisting first-time jobseekers in identifying and articulating their transferable skills, particularly those gained from informal or unstructured employment experiences. This is crucial in building confidence and easing the transition into a new professional environment. Additionally, this session will draw upon Switchboard’s recently published evidence summary to share effective strategies for improving employment outcomes for female newcomers. These strategies aim to guide female newcomers towards successful and fulfilling employment paths.

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

• Identify and describe the barriers that prevent women in newcomer populations from participating in the workforce.

• Devise strategies to create supportive spaces for women that lower barriers to participation in workforce preparation and placement programs.

• Evaluate approaches used to assist women in articulating their transferrable skills and career goals and in understanding the necessary steps to achieve these aspirations.