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Can You Pass the Test?

Can You Pass the Test? By Lian Conrad, Case Management Intern Imagine that as a job seeker, you have just spent the last fifteen minutes working on a job application for an entry level position that you feel would be a good fit with your skills and schedule. After working hard to accurately type in the ingredients of your work history for the job application formula, you think that you are done with the application. However, it gets more complicated. Right as you breathe a sigh of relief and click the “Next” arrow, thinking that you will be submitting the …
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Daily Work – Defined by Gratitude

Daily Work – Defined by Gratitude By Rachel O’Keefe, case management intern The holidays are a time when many people account for their blessings and celebrate them. It’s always during this period that I’m struck by how fleeting gratitude can be and that when time isn’t set aside to take stock of blessings, they often go unrecognized. Gratitude is defined as, “the quality of being thankful” or “readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” I’ve been a Case Manager Intern at Daily Work for about four months now and in that short span of time, I’ve witnessed more …
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Volunteer Spotlight: Dave Krahn

Volunteer Spotlight: Dave Krahn By July Zheng, case management intern Dave Krahn is Daily Work’s most committed ambassador. His name practically personifies Daily Work. Dave has been volunteering with Daily Work since 2005 in every capacity possible, as a board member, board chairman, volunteer executive director, donor, and now as a case manager working personally with job seekers. When I first saw Dave, I sensed he is very kind, friendly and warm-hearted. I immediately started to relax as we talked because he is so nice and easy to talk to. Dave told me that he learned about Daily Work as …
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Discovering my Strengths at Daily Work

Discovering my Strengths at Daily Work By Trisha Nelson In·tern: a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience. Synonyms: trainee, apprentice, probationer, student, novice, beginner Daily Work relies heavily on the help of volunteers and interns. The turnaround for those individuals is so quick, it’s amazing that it functions so well. Coming in to Daily Work, I was not sure what to prepare for. I was scared to meet with job seekers, and I was afraid of not knowing what to do or what to expect. Fast forward …
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Volunteering Improves Employability

Volunteering Improves Employability By Anab Gurhan Editor’s Note: Here’s the first in a three-part series about how volunteering makes a difference at Daily Work. In this first post, we talk about the different perception of “volunteer” work in other countries and how it can be used to improve employability here. Imagine, you spend a third of your valued time every day to voluntarily help people in need. You help by doing things such as delivering food and water, gathering wood to build huts to displaced families due to a natural disaster in your community, or driving a tiny gravel road …
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Volunteers Add ROI at Daily Work

Volunteers Add ROI at Daily Work By Julie Hoff, Executive Director at Daily Work Return on Investment, aka ROI is the measure of choice for today’s investors. Whether you’re investing in the stock market or a nonprofit, we all want to know that our dollars are generating the best return possible. At Daily Work, donors who invest in our mission to turn at-risk job seekers into valued employees are getting greater returns because of the high quality, passionate contributions of volunteers. Did you know that Daily Work averages more than 120 volunteer hours per week! That’s more than 6,000 hours …
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Awareness

Awareness By Rachel O’Keefe, Case Management Intern Over the past couple months I have observed Daily Work’s case management process, participated in resume building and submitting job applications, and learned about resources in the surrounding area. Throughout this time I have gained a better understanding of the barriers that exist for many job seekers. Around 74% of the people that Daily Work serves are immigrants. As a case manager at Daily Work, I’ve gotten glimpses of just how strenuous and taxing the immigration process can be. Whether people come as refugees, with a visa or a green card, or sponsored …
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The Courage to Show Up and Be Seen

The Courage to Show Up and Be Seen By: Lian Conrad, Case Management Intern “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen” –says Brené Brown, public speaker and author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers on empathy, vulnerability, and courage. As a case manager at Daily Work who works with job seekers to set goals to gain self-sufficiency, I can see Brown’s sentiment reflected in the job seekers who come to Daily Work every day. Brown sees vulnerability as an act of courage, not as a sign of weakness and she encourages people to truly think about …
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“Growing Up” at Daily Work

“Growing Up” at Daily Work By July Zheng, case management intern When I first came to Daily Work in end of May, 2017 to have my internship interview, I was full of my curiosities toward what Daily Work does and how Daily Work works. It is a totally new concept in my world. I am an international student who comes from China. In my country, we do have some nonprofit agencies, but we don’t have nonprofit agency for helping struggling job seekers find jobs, such as Daily Work. All I know about it is the focus is on helping struggling …
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Social Justice: Do the Poor pay more?

  Social Justice: Do the Poor pay more? By Marbel Lih, Case Management Intern Eradicating poverty goes beyond flinging a dollar at a beggar by the road side. Instead, it requires the country to dig deep to find those problems that are responsible for making people homeless and keeping them below the poverty margin.  It goes beyond just table talk and must involve concrete action.  The Hunt A few months ago, Daily Work sent a few of us interns out on a scavenger hunt in the St Paul community. The purpose was for us to find the available resources in …
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