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From the Open House - Tiffany Xiong, former Daily Work intern

To read more about what happened at the October 18 Fall Celebration and Open House, click here.

tiffany_xiong_10-2016My name is Tiffany Xiong and I was a social work intern in 2013. My experience with Daily Work was both personally and professionally rewarding for me.

At Daily Work, I helped people in a real, authentic and practical way. I helped them with their resumes and cover letters – many of them had never even had one before! I helped them understand current workforce recruitment practices and how to identify the transferable skills from the jobs they had before. On top of all of that, I learned how to write and craft amazing resumes and cover letters that helped me land the jobs I’ve gotten since my time at Daily Work.

Now years later, I realize the highlight of my time with Daily Work was how much the internship hit home for me. What made it so special for me is that I saw my own dad and mom in the job seekers. I saw my community, the Hmong community, in the job seekers.

I grew up in an immigrant family and my parents worked really hard to put a roof over our head, food on our table, and clothes on our back. We didn’t have much, but we had enough. My dad worked temporary and contract jobs and was often paid little because he didn’t have a college degree and had an accent. So despite being the smartest and most hardworking man I know, he never felt good enough or financially stable because he couldn’t find a good and stable job.

The job seekers that I helped were just like my parents; hardworking and smart people struggling to learn English and American workforce customs, access resources, and overcome bias and discrimination. Helping them was like me helping my parents and my community.

Although I changed my major to Sociology and International Relations, my time at Daily Work was both personally and professionally rewarding for me. I’m incredibly grateful to the staff and board for giving me that experience.

 

One Response to "Open House Remarks – Tiffany Xiong, former Daily Work intern"

  • Miranda Xiong
    October 28, 2016 - 8:09 am Reply

    Beautiful story!

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