At Beth Shifra many immigrants would come with occupation tittles not heard of in the states. It was our job to sit down with the immigrant and see what jobs best fit their experience. Licenses in America are taken very seriously and one cann’t practice the same occupation with out taking the proper tests and classes. Their are agencies that the government has set up to assist with that transition. We had doctors, dentists and others from the medical field talk to immigrants about the jobs in America. We had fellow immigrants explain to each other the jobs they took and the transitions needed to find their employers.

It is advisable especially for immigrants to look at the career you want to choose in an American Setting. If you want to work as a teacher for example, you should go to a school in your neighborhood and see their procedures. Many college students if interested in a specific career will visit the setting that they might like to work in.

For example:

A woman who may enjoy children but isn’t sure what level or aspect of teaching they are interested in choosing should shadow someone in that field. They should work as assistant to a school psychologist or teacher and get a feeling for the atmosphere.

  1. Where to find jobs?

    Go to your local library and ask for assistance.

    • They will direct you to look at
    1. Newspapers LOOK for Employment section
    2. Computers SEARCH under EMPLOYMENT and Jobs and the specific area your looking for …It can help by registering for a free class on how to properly do internet searches.
    3. f your interested in teaching look for teaching web sites and join their chat boards. If your interested in the businesses area …. Call up the company you would like to work at and ask if their are any assistant positions
    Contact Your local Jewish Community Councils and see what kind of programs they may offer at this time to help you in your search or what kind of assistance you can recieve from the government to help you and your family while your displaced:

    Coney Island Jewish Community Council 718-449-5000

    Flatbush Jewish Community Council 718-377-6022

    Boro Park Jewish Community Council : 718-972-6600

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    Skills Training & Employment Project (STEP)

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    STEP up to a Better Job!

    The Skills Training & Employment Project (STEP), originally funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant, has expanded the library’s job and educational resources to better serve the people of Brooklyn.

    Currently, the following libraries are offering free, one-on-one sessions:

    • Bay Ridge | Business Library Canarsie Central Library |Coney Island
    • Cypress Hills |Kings Bay Mapleton New Lots
    • Saratoga Sheepshead Bay Spring Creek |Stone Avenue
    • Windsor Terrace


    • Meet one-on-one with friendly staff
    • Review your resume, and get tips on job hunting and interviewing
    • Learn about the next steps towards your goal


    • Explore materials, programs and services
    • Learn to use the library’s job-related books and computer databases, including:
      • Career Cruising: An interactive career guidance resource in English and in Spanish. Users can find help with occupational assessment, career exploration, educational planning, and portfolio development.
      • Learning Express Library: Test prep material and practice exams for the GRE, SAT, graduate school, civil service, technical and professional exams. (Available anywhere with an Internet connection and a library card.)

    Community Agencies

    • Connect with outside agencies who offer training and job placement
    • Learn more about the industries in which you want to work

    Please email with questions, comments, or to share your success/progress as a result of STEP services.



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