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    Making extra resources available for refugee job seekers in Chicago

    Day 113

    A Little Library

    One of the hidden expenses of any education is textbooks. You probably remember standing in line at the campus book store, and cringing when the total was rung up – books can be pricey. But for refugees who are trying to strengthen their professional skills, they can also be necessary.

    “There’s all these tests and exams you have to pass,” says Favin from the Upwardly Global team, referring to the certification process some of their job seekers go through in their fields. “These individuals don’t have a job. They’re can’t afford $300 a book.”

    So for Day 113, we’re doing a little something to lift the burden of purchasing books the refugees UpGlo serves – by starting a library.

    We purchased a bookshelf and some books specific for the kinds of needs people typically have, and got to work setting it all up.

    Having a library in Upwardly Global’s office will be so convenient for job seekers – when they come to chat with their job coach or take a training, they can pick up books along their way.

    We also purchased some books on American cultural understanding. Our personal favorite was “Interview Like a Boss,” which helps job seekers gain the confidence they need to interview with ease.

    “There are things that mean different things in different countries,” said Favin. “This is leveling the playing field.”

    Listen to Favin describe the importance of having these resources readily available for job seekers!

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