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Building a Network When You Don’t Have One

Building a Network When You Don’t Have One “Getting a job is all about who you know.” Have you ever heard that phrase before? I would bet that it’s a familiar saying to many of us. Knowing someone on the inside will boost your chances for getting that job: It’s “Job Search 101” for good reason! Studies show that 80% of jobs are found through networking. Not everyone has a huge network however. Many of our job seekers at Daily Work are immigrants; they haven’t had the same time and opportunities to build as robust a network as people whose …
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COVID-19 “Infects” Employment

COVID-19 “Infects” Employment At Daily Work, our mission is to assist job seekers in developing the skills and knowledge needed to obtain stable employment and to address any barriers to achieving it. As many of you know, the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has had lasting effects on our communities, families, and the world. More specifically, COVID-19 has “infected” the employment landscape, with immense impacts on unemployment rates, types of employment available, the financial health of families, and hiring opportunities. Prospective employees may be uncomfortable entering positions that require face-to-face interaction, employers may be downsizing due to state restrictions, or …
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How Values Impact Practice at Daily Work

Social Work Ethics mirror Daily Work Values As a social worker, I am dedicated to helping other people. Why else would I join the social work field? One connection that drew me to Daily Work is the overlap between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and Daily Work’s mission and values. While some of our case managers do not have a human or social services background, they still effectively engage these concepts in their work with jobseekers. Here are some similarities between Daily Work’s values and NASW Code of Ethics. Dignity Dignity is at the top …
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Are you a Good Listener?

Why Listening is the Key to Effective Communication We’ve all heard that good communication is key to a good relationships, understanding, and making the best possible first impression. So, what is effective communication? Listening is one critical component. Listening effectively with job seekers builds a relationship with them so that we can work effectively together in finding employment. Every day, Daily Work must gain information from job seekers to help them make employment decisions. Without good listening, Daily Work would not be able to obtain the information needed to help job seekers reach their goals. What else does listening do? Active …
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Silver Linings of Remote Work

The surprising benefits of remote work When I first learned that I was going to be doing my case management internship with Daily Work remotely due to COVID-19, I was very skeptical, and frankly, kind of scared. The idea of learning the ins and outs of the organization through a fully online orientation was daunting enough, but the necessity to also spend the rest of the summer conducting my appointments over the phone from home was nearly unimaginable. However, I made the choice to jump in headfirst and trust the process, and I am so glad I did! As my …
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15 Facts about Ethiopia

Learn about our neighbors from Ethiopia Here at Daily Work, many of the job seekers that we partner with are from Ethiopia, although each of their journeys to Daily Work is unique. Some individuals are born in Ethiopia and move to the U.S with their families when they are children. Others may move during their teenage years and then graduate from a U.S high school. We also see people who are later in their lives and have only just arrived. Some are awaiting their families’ arrival, so that they can start their new lives in the U.S. At Daily Work, …
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Time to take the Census is running out!

2020 census collection will end September 30 What is the census?Just once every 10 years, the federal government counts each person living in the United States. In addition to determining how many representatives a state can send to Congress, population data informs how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed to communities across the country ― money that supports programs impacting education, housing, employment, health care, public policy and more. About 25% of MN households have NOT yet responded to the 2020 survey – and the Census Bureau has only until September 30 to try to connect with them! …
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Self Care During a Pandemic

Remember these three tips to stay healthy during COVID As we all know due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many agencies and workplaces, including Daily Work, have transitioned away from in-person contact to remote work practices for the safety of staff and clients. This lack of personal contact and other factors of the pandemic create additional stresses and anxieties for people. Here are a few tips to stay safe and take care of our physical and mental health. Eat Healthy When you eat healthy, you will sleep better and be better able to concentrate on tasks and other things. Also, you …
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COVID 19 Doesn’t Discriminate, Or Does It?

CDC report shows People of Color are getting COVID more frequently People often say that COVID-19 “doesn’t discriminate” in an attempt to encourage people who see themselves as immune to take social distancing and mask precautions more seriously. This good-natured attempt at promoting social responsibility is true in many ways: young, healthy people can contract the virus, and maybe more importantly, they can pass it on to those who are more vulnerable than them. However, even though COVID-19 can infect any of us, and in that sense, does not discriminate, our social structures certainly do. According to a report published …
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Race Battle Fatigue in the Workplace

People of Color Face Additional Challenges in the Workplace If you are a human in the rigorous American workforce, I am sure the feeling of fatigue is not distant to you. The challenges of going to work, attending to your mental and emotional health, and providing care for your family can all be very heavy obstacles to juggle. And oh, wait! Please do not get me started on maintaining a certain level of physical health – staying alive. Remembering to feed yourself and even drink water can be a daily challenge for some of us. Battling this fatigue is strenuous, …
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