Daniel Wilkinson

Daniel is Switchboard's Program Manager for Economic Empowerment. Daniel has served as a member of the Higher team (former ORR-funded refugee employment TA program), supported other LIRS economic empowerment initiatives, and provided direct employment services. He holds a degree in English and Studio Art from Oakland University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Baltimore.

Daniel Wilkinson

Why Job Development Should Speed Up When Hiring Slows Down

If you’ve worked in employment services for a while, you know that the holidays (late November through early January) are often the slowest hiring months of the year. If there is one time of year when you feel like you’re terrible at your job, it’s probably during the so-called “most wonderful time of the year!” …

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Job Counseling for Career Pathways: Asking the Right Questions

This blog post is adapted from the Switchboard toolkit Job Counseling for Career Pathways. Across the country, there is an increasing emphasis on career pathways programming in refugee employment programs. Whether you are looking to build a dedicated career pathways program or simply tweak existing program offerings to better serve clients looking to move beyond that …

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A Few Ways to Engage Volunteers in your Employment Program

This blog post was written by Higher Employment Services Technical Assistance and is included as an archived post on the Switchboard blog. Though it can be time consuming to bring on volunteers, when volunteers are involved in the resettlement process they can become powerful community advocates on behalf of refugees. Here are a few specific …

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When Serving Highly Skilled Refugees, You Don’t Need to Re-invent the Wheel!

This blog post was written by Higher Employment Services Technical Assistance and is included as an archived post on the Switchboard blog. Many refugee employment professionals dream about developing customized employment services for clients with higher levels of education and professional experience. Unfortunately, because of limited time and resources, these dreams are rarely realized. Take …

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Head, Heart, Hands: A Strategy for Employer Conversations

This blog post was written by Higher Employment Services Technical Assistance and is included as an archived post on the Switchboard blog. When I was a rookie job developer just starting out I came up with a little strategy that I would use when approaching employers. I called it Head, Heart, Hands, and it represented …

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5 Mapping Strategies for Employer Outreach

This blog post was written by Higher Employment Services Technical Assistance and is included as an archived post on the Switchboard blog. Aside from language, literacy, and cultural adjustment issues, transportation is one of the most significant barriers to employment that our clients face. While not always possible, finding employment that is easily accessible by foot, …

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