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February 2016

February Newsletter

Where Did You Start the Race? By Julie Hoff, Executive Director Even from a young age, I noticed that not everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. Think of getting a job as a race; if your opponent has a 50 foot head start, do you really have an equal chance of winning the race? Starting 50 feet behind everyone else is what getting a job is like for many people who don’t look, dress, or talk in the ways favored in the American workforce…and this is the unfortunate reality of nearly every person that walks through Daily Work’s door. …
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Where Did You Start the Race?

Where did you start the race? I have never bought into the idea that America is the land of equal opportunity. Despite this, I know that I already cashed a winning lottery ticket simply by being born here and I know there is no other country in which I would rather live. But even from a young age, I noticed that not everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. Think of getting a job as a race; if your opponent has a 50 foot head start, do you really have an equal chance of winning the race? Starting 50 feet …
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Does Implicit Bias Make Equal Opportunity Impossible?

Does Implicit Bias Make Equal Opportunity Impossible? In my last blog post, I explored what an Implicit Bias is and what can be done to acknowledge them and move in a direction of working through them. Writing that post, as well as doing my work with clients at Daily Work, has me thinking about how employers might be holding unconscious biases toward job seekers during the application process. During the application process, job seekers typically provide their name and address. Once they reach the interview phase, employers will likely learn a job seeker’s race, age gender, and legal background. Now …
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Looking for a New Way to Challenge Yourself?

As a visual communications volunteer at Daily Work, I recently was reminded of the importance of non-verbal communication skills when a job seeker stopped in on a Wednesday, a day the office is normally closed. The job seeker, we’ll call her Adia, was desperate to apply online to a job that was going to close that day. I tried to explain to Adia that the office was closed and that I could not help her or meet her needs. This was extremely difficult to convey to her because English is her second language. I could feel the stress of the …
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Now is the Time to Work Together

Now is the Time to Work Together September 11, 2001, is a day that everyone, who was alive then, remembers. It is a day people know where they were when the attacks took place on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the plane that was meant for the White House. It is a day which invoked fear and anger, confusion and chaos. Now fast forward. November 13, 2015, is a day that everyone will remember. A total of eight coordinated attacks of bombings and shootings in Paris, France, occurred five minutes apart, starting at 9:20 p.m. til about 10 p.m., …
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Free Concert to Benefit Daily Work

Do you love music? Need some culture in your life? If the answer is yes, then please join us on February 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. for a free concert by the Twin Cities’ multi-cultural performing group, Kingdom of the Lotus. The concert will be held at Christ on Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, 105 University Avenue, and will feature the traditional music and dance of Khmer. For an informational flier click Cambodian Music Concert. To learn more about the performing group, visit www.kingdomofthelotus.com The concert is free to attend, but any donations received will benefit Daily Work! We look forward …
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Excited for Spring? Here’s another Reason to be Excited!

Excited for Spring?  Here’s another Reason to be Excited! Daily Work is hosting its 4th annual Steps to Success Luncheon on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Our luncheon is a compelling, one-hour event that focuses on the stories of the people who come to Daily Work for help. Our goal is to inspire YOU to become more engaged in our mission to help motivated job seekers find employment success and become financially self-sufficient. Your partnership is making the difference in the lives of more than 200 job seekers we serve every year. We cannot wait to share their stories with you on …
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Challenges Immigrants Face

Challenges Immigrants Face There are many things immigrants struggle with when they come to America: adapting to the new weather conditions, adapting to the culture, learning the new language, struggling to get employment and so on. According to research, finding and maintaining work, though, can be a struggle for many immigrants. Documentation status, lower education level, lack of training, and limited English proficiency may limit employment opportunities (De Castro, A. B., Rue, T., & T. Takeuchi, D. (2010). Are you someone who is facing the challenge of employment? Then I have good news for you. Daily Work’s primary function is …
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