Job Seeker Frequently Asked Questions

Here, find answers to frequently asked questions about Upwardly Global’s Career Coaching Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Upwardly Global’s FREE Career Coaching Program connects professionally-focused immigrants and refugees with customized job coaching and career training resources to help them get back to work in their professional fields.

With our help, you will:

  • Learn how to find the right career opportunities to pursue
  • Plan your career pathway
  • Build a U.S. style resume and prepare for the U.S. style interview
  • Access free trainings, courses, and certifications to make you a competitive candidate
  • Join networking events with top U.S. employers


Our coaches are available to meet you in-person or online for up to 18 months of your job search.

The Career Coaching Program is designed for those who:

  • Arrived in the US within the last 7 years
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or professional training equivalent
  • Have an intermediate or advanced level of English
  • Have work authorization from this list.
  • Do not have experience working in the U.S. in their professional industry (for example, someone who worked in finance in their home country and has experience working in a full time finance job in the U.S. might not qualify)
  • Live in one of the following states:
    • California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Washington D.C.

Participants of the Career Coaching Program will receive:

  • Employer Networking & Training Access
  • 1:1 Career Coaching
  • Industry-Specific Career Services
  • U.S. Job Readiness Training
  • And more…


Learn more about our offerings here.

  • Week 1: Submit your application
    • Read the eligibility qualifications above, and apply [here].

 

  • Week 2: Onboarding process
    • You’ll receive an email to schedule a call. During that call, one of our Onboarding team members will verify your eligibility. If you meet the requirements, you will receive a short English assessment, access to our U.S. Resume course, and an invitation to Job Seeker orientation. You’ll also be asked to verify your degree, work permit, and address.

 

  • Week 3-4: Job readiness training
    • You’ll receive access to our 4.5-hour, self-paced online job readiness course. After you complete the core courses, you will begin working with a specialized Upwardly Global Career Coach.

Our coaches are available to meet you in-person or online for up to 18 months of your job search or until you find a professional-level job – whichever happens first.

If you have not found a professional-level job after reaching the maximum time of 18 months with direct coaching support, Job Seekers will have continued free access to a digital library of job readiness training materials and to Coursera, which offers thousands of skill building courses.

If you meet the requirements, you will receive a short English assessment, access to our U.S. Resume course, and an invitation to Job Seeker orientation. You’ll also be asked to verify your degree, work permit, and address.

You’ll receive access to our 4.5-hour, self-paced online job readiness course. After you complete the core courses, you will begin working with a specialized Upwardly Global Career Coach.

Upwardly Global is funded to work with fully work-authorized professionals in the United States. Because of this, we have to verify your work authorization to accept you into the program. We also view your university diploma to verify that you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. In some locations, we will ask you to complete paperwork related to our funders.
Upwardly Global is not a placement agency, and we do not guarantee job placement. We are here to prepare you to conduct your own successful job search with our support. After you complete the program, you will have new tools: A U.S.-style professional resume and cover letter, connections to professionals in your field, and improved interview and networking skills. Your success in finding a job will depend on your motivation and determination.

When you meet with your Career Coach, you will determine a meeting frequency and schedule that works well for both of you. Career Coaches will be available to meet about once per month, unless otherwise determined.

Career Coaches work Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Career Coaches are available to meet you either in-person or virtually depending on your preferences and the Career Coach’s availability. Career Coaches work Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Our program is free to anyone who qualifies. Upwardly Global has supportive funders and sponsors that provide us with grants and donations which allow us to offer our services and programs at no cost. In return, we expect a full commitment from you when you decide to participate in our program.
Upwardly Global does not directly provide training in these areas, but we work with many training partners to ensure our job seekers have free access to vital resources.
Upwardly Global’s training is focused on helping you to build your soft skills to conduct a successful U.S. job search. If you have been outside of a professional field for more than ten years, you face increased barriers to career re-entry that may not be addressed by our programs and services. We recommend that you consider returning to study, or pursuing recertification, to build your technical skills and make yourself a strong candidate for the current job market.

No, but Upwardly Global shares our job readiness training with partner organizations across the U.S. who may serve clients in areas we do not cover. You are welcome to share your contact information here, and we will contact you if we are able to recommend a partner organization to you.

Upwardly Global shares our job readiness training with partner organizations across the U.S. who may serve clients in areas we do not cover. You are welcome to share your contact information here, and we will contact you if we are able to recommend a partner organization to you.

Our coaches are available to meet you in-person or online for up to 18 months of your job search or until you find a professional-level job – whichever happens first.

After finding a professional-level job, Job Seekers will have continued free access to a digital library of job readiness training materials and to Coursera, which offers thousands of skill building courses.

This is determined on a case-by-case basis, as we work to ensure all Job Seekers we work with are set up for success in the professional job market. If you have previously received all of the tools we offer to help you navigate the U.S. job search independently, we will ask that you review those materials.
Currently, our professional networking and informational events are virtual and occur about 1 time per month.
Upwardly Global’s Career Coaching Program is for those who are actively engaging in the professional-level job search. We do not support those looking to focus on university education and do not offer university scholarships.
If a member of the Upwardly Global team asks you for a resume before meeting your coach, yes – please include all of your work experience on that resume. If you are in the Career Coaching Program, you will then have an opportunity to work with a Career Coach to tailor your resume for employment opportunities.

The English assessment helps us to ensure that we give you access to the right resources. If you don’t communicate in an intermediate or advanced level of English according to the English assessment, you are welcome to share your contact information here, and we will contact you if we are able to recommend another career services partner organization to you.

Get Started with Upwardly Global

Upwardly Global is here to help you navigate the U.S. professional job market and gain in-demand skills. Our resources are free, virtual, and have helped thousands of immigrants and refugees get back to work in their professional fields.

Get Started with Upwardly Global

Upwardly Global is here to help you navigate the U.S. professional job market and gain in-demand skills. Our resources are free, virtual, and have helped thousands of immigrants and refugees get back to work in their professional fields.

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