A 501 c3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2000 with programs in SF, NY, and Chicago
Specializes in rebuilding careers for immigrant professionals. Recognized as thought leaders on immigrant professional talent inclusion by Harvard University, World Diversity Leadership Summit, and Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council
Recognized as innovator by Ashoka and John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award
Why does Upwardly Global exist? Global Leaders Waspada Indonesia Auditor Manizha (refugee) Afghanistan Physician Graal Brazil Arts Therapist Faith Kenya Social Worker Cristian Romania Engineer Evelyn El Salvador Engineer Cashier Waitress Nanny Home Health Aide Barista Housecleaner = Invisible in US Barista Taxi Driver
The Facts: Skilled, Educated but Underutilized
More than 1.3 million college-educated immigrants are unemployed or working in unskilled jobs
22% of all college-educated immigrants – or 1 out of every 5 highly skilled immigrants – are working in unskilled jobs
Construction laborers, babysitters, file clerks, etc
Another 22% are in semi-skilled jobs
Carpenters, electricians, massage therapist, etc
Brain underutilization is a reality
Source: Migration Policy Institute
Upwardly Global Clients’ Profiles
Fully Work Authorized New Americans
Migrate from developing countries
Latin American 39%
Eastern Europe 12%
Middle East 5%
Barriers to Career Re-entry
Academic credentials and professional skills/ experience not recognized
Unfamiliarity with the characteristics of U.S. Job Search
Lack of U.S. experience and professional/social networks
Relicensing and certification
Employers Lack Resources
Need sponsorship, lack of English skill and educational background
Unfamiliarity with the U.S. Job Search Norms
Resume Provide details about what you did in each position, what you accomplished, and the value you brought Provide information about the ranking of the school you attended to help recruiters understand the value Common Resume Writing Mistakes This resume is TOO SHORT ! It does not give employers any idea of about what this person has accomplished Share information on skills AND accomplishments to demonstrate the value you bring to the company
Do not provide personal information (aside from contact information)!! This Resume is TOO LONG (5 more pages!) American employers will only read 1 – 2 pages in order to determine if they should consider the candidate!
Provide specific quantitative examples of the impact YOU had at the company. It’s OK to brag! Include a brief explanation of what the company did (if not in the U.S.) List your “survival jobs” in a separate category of your resume, after your professional experience
American Style Resumes are:
Concise (1 – 2 pages is best)
Well organized and formatted
Marketing Yourself: Elevator Pitch
Who you are:
Hi, my name is _____________.
What you can do:
I have __ years of experience in/as a __________(field/profession).
What you are looking for:
I am looking for a position as a _____________ where I can apply my skills in ( skill #1 ), ( skill #2 ), ( skill #3 ). I would like to work for __________ (type of organization/company – be specific).”
Dominant American Values “ Typical” U.S. Corporate Value Alternative Value UpGlo T.I.P Individual is valued: Independence and decision-making are important. Individual recognition is expected and appreciated. Privacy is honored. Group is considered more important than the effort or recognition of the individual Job seekers will often use “we” instead of “I” when sharing accomplishments. Suggest job seekers to provide information about their specific role in the project. Informality is the norm: almost everyone uses first names. Permission is needed to use first names; some never use first names. Job seekers may be perceived as stiff as he/she probably believes it is important to be formal in interviews. Let job seekers know he/she can call the interviewer by first name.
Dominant American Values “ Typical” U.S. Corporate Value Alternative Value UpGlo T.I.P Competition and ambition stimulates high performance. Harmony influences communication and personal ambition is frowned upon. Job seekers come across as passive, relative to their U.S. counterparts. Direct job seekers to focus on the ways they have been able to bring a team together for a group success instead. Direct communication is expected; saying what’s on your mind is important. Directness and open criticism are considered offensive and people often use intermediaries to approach others. A job seeker’s examples may not demonstrate the directness generally expected in the U.S. workplace. Suggest job seekers to frame answers around accomplishments and achievements.
Dominant American Values “ Typical” U.S. Corporate Value Alternative Value UpGlo T.I.P Each person is expected to have an opinion and express it freely. The right to challenge authority is highly valued. Deference is given to persons in power or authority. Authority is highly respected and rarely challenged. Job seekers may find it difficult to give examples of times that they challenged authority. Direct job seekers to share a time he/she advocated for a project in order to understand the approach he/she has taken in situations when challenging was accepted. People are measured by what they do. People are measured by family and origin. Job seekers may use personal accomplishments in their examples during an interview. Specify that employers are looking for professional examples.