OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT
Refugee Social Services and Targeted Assistance Grants
The Employment Program is broken down into three areas of service:
- Job counseling, preparation and initial placement
Employables attend a series of job preparation meetings held in our ELT classrooms on Fridays. Every employable person between the ages of 18 and 65 is required to attend and participate in the trainings and question/answer sessions. Classes cover a wide range of material on what to expect in getting a job, and what the employer expects. Subjects covered are types of shifts and working environments, as well as types of employment, part time versus full time and shifts, applications, interviews, paychecks and withholding issues.
When the individual is sufficiently prepared for a job interview, the Employment Coordinator (EC)arranges an interview with a potential employer. Prep for that first interview has included how to act at an interview, common questions asked in interviews, and what to generally expect. If the refugee does not have English language skills, an interpreter accompanies the applicant and Employment Coordinator to the job interview.
The Employment Coordinator follows up on the job interview the next day to determine if it has resulted in a job offer. If the offer is extended, the Coordinator works with the future employee to solve any remaining issues involving work clothing, transportation, child care and starting schedule. In some cases, an interpreter is scheduled to accompany the new employee to the job orientation . The EC follows up with the new employer on the progress of the new employee during the next several weeks, with a final check coming 90 days after placement.
- Job Extended Services
Sometimes an employee and the job do not work out, and the EC begins the process over again; working to solve issues that may have come up with the first job. Should this be the case, the refugee can access additional placement services to find a new job.
- Job Upgrade
Sometime after the original placement, the EC may contact the placed employee or vice a versa with the option of changing jobs to assist the refugee in achieving goals they may have set. The EC is constantly approached by employers, or is meeting new employers that may offer jobs which match the interests of the originally placed employee.
All of the employment steps are inter-related, and non time-defined, as a continuous process of development. Refugees can return for any of these services after the original placement.