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April 2016 Newsletter

April 2016 1 in 4 Minnesotans Can’t Afford a Basic Standard of Living…   We think that’s one too many.  On May 11 you can help more people like Ingrid get a better job and make ends meet. Ingrid recently got a full-time, permanent job with great benefits and room to advance, something she hasn’t had since 2011. Ingrid will share her journey to find a permanent position at our luncheon on May 11 (see more about Ingrid below).   Ingrid’s story is just one of several inspiring stories you will hear about at Daily Work’s 4th annual Steps to …
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Beating the Interview Jitters

Beating the Interview Jitters Most of us experience fear or anxiety when going to a job interview. Think about your most recent interview: did it go well or could it have gone better? Imagine walking into that same interview and having to speak a language that isn’t your first. Imagine not being able to read or calculate something because you do not understand what’s written. Imagine not knowing what to say or how interviews are conducted because in your country you obtain a job through a friend or family member and then you just show up and begin working.  When …
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When Nervousness Goes Beyond Normal

When Nervousness Goes Beyond Normal My whole life I have been someone who worried about everything, but then when I was in high school, I was always so anxious that I couldn’t sleep, eat or concentrate on anything except for my nerves. I brought this up to my doctor and was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Initially, I did not know that anxiety disorders were a real thing and that I wasn’t the only one who suffered from severe anxiety. But according to the National Institute for Mental Health (NAMI), anxiety affects around 20% of the population at any given …
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Meet Ingrid. Daily Work’s Featured Speaker at May 11 Steps to Success Luncheon

Meet Ingrid. Daily Work’s Featured Speaker at May 11 Steps to Success Luncheon Ingrid is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. She’s friendly, open, easy-going, and patient. In fact she was the first person I worked with on my own as a new intern at Daily Work…I was really nervous about what I was supposed to do, and it was Ingrid who did a great job of making ME feel welcome. Looking at her resume, I thought it would be really easy to help her get a job. Ingrid is such a nice person and has such a …
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Working Together, We Can Create Equity for All

Working Together, We Can Create Equity for All Can you imagine moving to a foreign country and starting a new life? Think about if you didn’t know the native language…how would you obtain employment, how would you navigate your way around a foreign land? This is a real concern for immigrants vying for equity when moving to the United States. Daily Work is a nonprofit that supports people of all cultures, genders, races, and religions, including many immigrants. We assist people with job-readiness, resumes, mock interviewing and accessing other providing referrals for services or resources that Daily Work does not provide. …
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News Flash – March 2016

  Daily Work is one of the charities eligible for grant funds available through member-directed giving programs of Thrivent Financial, but only about 1/2 of eligible members actually participate in the opportunities available! Don’t be one of the 50 percent who lose the chance to direct their dollars! There’s two ways to help: Thrivent Choice Dollars or Thrivent Action Teams. To learn more about these opportunities,  visit our website. If you’re ready to allocate your Thrivent Choice dollars, click here to direct them now. Don’t wait! There’s just 10 days left. 2015 Thrivent Choice dollars expire March 31! Not a Thrivent member?  Thrivent is …
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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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