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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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The Feeling that Makes it Worthwhile

The Feeling that Makes it Worthwhile… When I started my internship as a case manager, my role as an intern became more apparent: Help people with barriers find work. The first jobseeker I was paired with was Teshome Argu, an immigrant from Ethiopia. When Teshome first came to Daily Work, he was working as an airplane cleaner at the airport. As you may have heard in the news recently, many of the airport jobs do not pay very well. Teshome’s goal was to find a second job to help make ends meet. He was very adamant that he wanted only …
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How To Encourage Persistence

How To Encourage Persistence… When it comes to the topic of persistence, there are platitudes aplenty. We’ve all heard the old adage, “When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Then there is the timeworn quote attributed to former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley that goes, “Ambition is the path to success; persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” These snippets of advice sound nice, but they don’t do much good for somebody who is in need of some actual, real-life persistence. For example, try one of these tidbits on a struggling job seeker. You’ll find that they have tried …
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Resume: Tips for Success

Resume Tips for Success… As a fairly new intern at Daily Work, I have observed and worked with several job seekers in the process of applying for jobs. The step that seems to be most crucial (and time-consuming) is the resume writing process. In the job search process, the resume acts as an overview of one’s fundamental strengths, skills, experience and education. In a way, the resume acts as an interview in paper form. While it is important to put all relevant experience and information, resumes should be short and concise so as not to overwhelm the employer who is …
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Driving Into Daily Work

Interning at Daily Work… When I used to hear the word internship, I don’t know about you, but an image popped in my head of a young college student running coffee errands and mail runs for business men and women in an office setting. So after getting placed at Daily Work as a case manager intern, I had a million questions going through my head. Will I learn something from my time here? How effective are their services? I had no idea what to expect. Fast forward to my now several weeks at Daily Work, and it’s already proven to be the …
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Not So Jolly Holiday Job Hiring

‘Tis the season to hire temporary employees, but Target is said to be hiring 20 percent less workers this year. The numbers are as follows: 2012 hires – 88,000; 2013 – 70,000. There are pros and cons to this drop in hiring. However, will the cons be more impactful than the pros? Pros The fewer temp workers, the more permanent jobs at the end of the season More hours are being offered to current employees, many of whom also need more work Cons: Fewer possible jobs for struggling job seekers Less help during the holiday shopping season The overall effect …
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When One Job Isn’t Enough

In Part II of the job stacking series, Becky Billings describes what to look for in a second or third job. It’s also a great example of the types of conversations Daily Work has with job seekers. Job Stacking can be used when one job isn’t sufficient, either in financial return or skill attainment. To get what they need to survive or advance, some Daily Work job seekers work two or three jobs at a time. To begin, you need to define the reasons why you are looking for an additional job: Financial – your first job doesn’t meet your financial …
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