Employment Services

The mission of the Bureau of Refugee Services is to assist refugees from all over the world who are resettling in Iowa to become fully self-sufficient residents of our state. One of the keys to enabling refugees to become self-sufficient as quickly as possible is to assist them in obtaining jobs that best match their skills and abilities.
The Bureau provides a variety of employment related services to refugees living in Iowa.  Employment services are designed to enable refugees to obtain employment and to improve their employability or work skills.  Services may include: developing an employability plan or a Family Investment Agreement, completing a skill assessment, assisting in job search and completing job applications, interpreting for job orientation, job upgrades, developing resumes, job skills training, developing employers and providing follow-up services and assistance to employers who have hire refugees.