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The Difficulties of Adapting in a new Environment

The Difficulties of Adapting in a new Environment When I arrived in the United States in 2010, I knew that everything was not going to be the same compared to my home country. On a positive note, I knew that there was a lot for me to learn about the American system and much to do to get going with life. Looking back at it, I now realize that I did not have many mentors or encouragers in my new life here. Like me, my fellow Africans also lacked the knowledge of what should be done to succeed in this …
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Educated…but still Unemployed

Hello Daily Work friends! My name is Lee Olafson and this is my first blog post as a volunteer web design and social media intern at Daily Work. I am also one of the people being helped by Daily Work and I am using this internship as a way to build my skills so I can find employment in the visual communications field. Here’s a little more about me: I am a junior at Metro State University working on a degree in advertising, marketing, and business administration. I also have an associate degree in liberal arts and an associate of …
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The Biggest Moment in My Life

English is my second language. I am Hmong and I am an immigrant to America from Laos. My family and I fled Laos and took refuge in Thailand at a refugee camp because of the Vietnam War. We were placed in a government resettlement program with the United States. Our first placement was in Minnesota. We started a new life, in an unknown country, with little to nothing except for the clothes on our backs. The most difficult barrier I faced was learning the language – English! Not knowing and understanding the language affected me academically, socially and personally. When …
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How often do you consider the poor and struggling?

How often do you consider the poor and struggling? By Ger Xiong, Daily Work Social Work Intern   Many of us are fortunate enough to have somebody provide us with financial help we need to go to school and get the skills we need to be successful in the workforce. Skills such as writing, reading, and basic computer skills are critical to finding and holding a job. Completing an online job application might seem easy, but for someone who does not have these skills, it can be a confusing and difficult process. Most of the time we don’t think about …
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Jessica’s Blog

  Seeking a Seasonal Job? 5 Tips for Acing Your Next Job Interview! Whether you’re seeking an extra job this holiday season or you’re on the hunt for a “forever” job, it always pays to be ready for your next interview. Here are five tips that will help you get hired.   Tip 1. Analyze the Job An important part of effective interviewing is preparation. Analyze what the company is seeking in a candidate and what will make you successful in the job. Then weave those things together in your interview answers. This will help the hiring manager see how …
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Lee’s Journey

Have you ever been to the point of giving up on yourself and your and your goals and dreams? To answer the question above – Yes I have. My name is Lee Olafson. I am one of the people who has been helped by Daily Work and I am writing to encourage you to make a donation to Daily Work today – Give to the Max Day. Here’s how Daily Work has made a difference in my life: When I first found Daily Work I was unable to work due to some significant health challenges. This led me down a …
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Celebrate with Us! Open House September 30

  NL – September 2014 Join us in our New Office Space – September 30 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. See the impact of how your support helps people build for a better future In the past two years, Daily Work grew out of the office space that had served us so well since our inception in the year 2000. We were to the point where it was hard to have a conversation over the din of often 4-6 conversations occurring at once in our 20×20 space. Visually, the space had a lot going on, mostly due to cramming 3-4 …
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Office Reboot! Watch Our Progress!

                        Office Reboot – Pictures at the bottom! If you have ever been to the Daily Work office or you are a regular reader of our blog posts, you may be aware that Daily Work’s St. Paul office space does not provide adequate space or privacy for our staff and job seekers. Here’s what Sarah, one of student interns, had to say after starting at Daily Work: “One of the first things that struck me about Daily Work’s St. Paul office space was that it was too small and that change needed to be made so that each job seeker …
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Job Application Assessments: What is it employers are looking for?

Job Application Assessments: What is it employers are looking for? More and more with online job applications, there are extensive questionnaires and assessments at the end of the application asking often redundant and seemingly pointless questions.  Often times there can be over one hundred questions.  Despite all of these questions, the instructions almost always say “There are no right or wrong answers, just answer honestly.” However, I sometimes wonder how honest the employers want you to be. One of the recent assessments I helped fill out with a client was a series of statements followed by check boxes stating “Strongly …
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Farewell from Becky Billings

Thank You Becky Billings… Becky Billings is an SEO specialist, writing, editing, social media and marketing professional who helped bring Daily Work’s social media, website, and grant writing to the next level. When she joined us last spring, first as a volunteer and then as consultant, Becky was also seeking full-time work, giving her great empathy and passion for Daily Work’s mission. Now a full-time employee herself, Becky does not have much time to volunteer or consult with Daily Work regularly, but for her final blog post, she wanted to share what her experience here meant to her. As we …
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