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Presentation Queens Library 05-18-2010

  1. 1. © 2008, All Rights Reserved, Upwardly Global Upwardly Global Creating Economic Opportunities for Skilled Immigrants and Providing U.S. Employers with Access to Global Talent 401 Broadway, Suite 800 New York, NY 10013
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Overview of Upwardly Global </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why does Upwardly Global Exist? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upwardly Global’s Client Profiles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barriers to Career Reentry </li></ul><ul><li>Upwardly Global Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership Models </li></ul><ul><li>Client Referral </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction and Overview <ul><li>A 501 c3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2000 with programs in SF, NY, and Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized as innovator by Ashoka and John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award </li></ul><ul><li>Funders: individuals, foundations, employer partners </li></ul>
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. The Facts: Skilled, Educated but Underutilized <ul><li>More than 1.3 million college-educated immigrants are unemployed or working in unskilled jobs </li></ul><ul><li>22% of all college-educated immigrants – or 1 out of every 5 highly skilled immigrants – are working in unskilled jobs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction laborers, babysitters, file clerks, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Another 22% are in semi-skilled jobs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carpenters, electricians, massage therapist, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Brain underutilization is a reality </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Migration Policy Institute </li></ul>
  6. 6. Upwardly Global Clients’ Profiles <ul><li>Fully Work Authorized New Americans </li></ul><ul><li>University educated </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Migrate from developing countries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Latin American 39% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Africa 23% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asia 21% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eastern Europe 12% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle East 5% </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Barriers to Career Re-entry <ul><li>Academic credentials and professional skills/ experience not recognized </li></ul><ul><li>Unfamiliarity with the characteristics of U.S. Job Search </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of U.S. experience and professional/social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Relicensing and certification </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Employers Lack Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need sponsorship, lack of English skill and educational background </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Unfamiliarity with the U.S. Job Search Norms </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Differences </li></ul>
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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!
  11. 11. 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 <ul><li>American Style Resumes are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concise (1 – 2 pages is best) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results oriented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well organized and formatted </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Marketing Yourself: Elevator Pitch <ul><li>Who you are: </li></ul><ul><li>Hi, my name is _____________. </li></ul><ul><li>What you can do: </li></ul><ul><li>I have __ years of experience in/as a __________(field/profession). </li></ul><ul><li>What you are looking for: </li></ul><ul><li>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).” </li></ul>
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. Networking and Obtaining U.S. Experience
  17. 17. Networking and Obtaining U.S. Experience <ul><li>Volunteer or internship opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Association events/meetings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Job Fairs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classes/Trainings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Informational interviews ( </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn ( </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Career Path for Skilled Immigrants <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Bookkeeping Center – </li></ul><ul><li>Kaplan Medical – </li></ul><ul><li>LaGuardia Welcome Bank Center </li></ul><ul><li>Bnai Zion Foundation – </li></ul>
  19. 19. Upwardly Global Program <ul><li>Job Seeker Program </li></ul><ul><li>Identify, Screen and Select </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search Tools: Resumes, cover letter, marketing pitch </li></ul><ul><li>8-week workshop series with practice built-in </li></ul><ul><li>Individual coaching by UpGlo staff </li></ul><ul><li>Matched one-on-one with Industry Mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Direct referral to Employer Network companies educated a </li></ul><ul><li>bout immigrant talent pool </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback and support throughout placement process </li></ul><ul><li>Employer Network Program </li></ul><ul><li>Education: Cross-cultural recruitment training </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement: Employee volunteer opportunities to improve </li></ul><ul><li>cross-cultural communication skills and awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Employment : Our candidates provide practice and experience </li></ul><ul><li>moving foreign-born candidates through the pipeline </li></ul>
  20. 20. Upwardly Global Impact <ul><li>NY economic impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coached more than 800 skilled immigrants from 100 developing countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Placed more than 200 skilled immigrants with an average starting salary of ~ $40,000 with benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Income increase of $20,000 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaged employers as partners to work towards systemic change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships with 50 community organizations </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Sample Placements <ul><ul><li>LEGAL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Paralegal (Colombia) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Akst & Akst Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Senior Contract Officer (Kenya) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JPMorgan Chase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Legal Assistant (Nepal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Myers Law Firm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NONPROFIT/SOCIAL WORK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Program Associate (Bhutan) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Int ’ l Center for Tolerance Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Research Associate (Uzbekistan) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee to Protect Journalists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Therapist (Poland) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychotherapy Institute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Science Teacher (Somalia) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>San Diego Unified School District </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BUSINESS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Marketing Manager (Thailand) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSAA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Relationship Manager (India) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citigroup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- AdSense Coordinator (Peru) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Benefits Accountant (Mongolia) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>McKesson Corp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Associate (Philippines) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KPMG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consulting Analyst (Iran) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accenture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TECH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- End User Support Analyst (Romania) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memorial Sloan-Kettering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Tech Project Manager (India) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JPMorgan Chase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SCIENCE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Organic Chemist (Eritrea) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerVision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Analytical Chemist (India) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biokey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Post-Doc Research Associate (Mexico) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lawrence Livermore Labs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ENGINEERING </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Well Planning Engineer (Nigeria) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Halliburton </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HEALTH CARE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anesthesiology Tech (Haiti), Brooklyn Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Resident (Vietnam) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coney Island Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nurse (Philippines) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SF General Hospital </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Referring your clients <ul><ul><li>Minimum requirements: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>live in the U.S. less than 5 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>have full, permanent work authorization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>have minimum of Bachelor’s degree from outside the U.S. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>have at least 2 years of working experience in field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>possess computer skills and at least intermediate English proficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct them to Upwardly Global’s Website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> to complete a simple </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>online application. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Thank you Q&A