CRN staff specializes in quickly welcoming the newly relocated professional and family to the region through a holistic approach, serving as a point of contact for questions, a reference for needed resources, and connector to area business, community and employment networks.
Providing a friendly and knowledgeable point of contact from the get-go is critical to a smooth transition and strong long-term bond. CRN services are designed to reduce the stress of relocation by helping to connect a new employee and family to locally vetted services and programs; helping the new employee be more productive on the job as soon as possible.
The Network can help in a variety of ways that are specific to individual needs. The services are confidential so the client has a comfortable space to discuss the help they truly need. CRN is ideal for seeking solutions to everyday questions and needs ranging from realtors, banks and veterinarians to swim lessons and special educational resources.
A new employee can start utilizing their CRN benefits very quickly. Once a new employee is referred to the CRN via their employer, the CRN will set-up an Intake Interview to learn about their needs and interests. The CRN will then begin working with the new hire and family for up to 20 hours over a six-month period.
The CRN works with spouses and partners of newly-hired professionals on multiple strategies towards gaining employment in the Capital Region. Strategies include resume review, interview tools, coordination of informational networking meetings. Employment is not guaranteed and is highly dependent on the participation and engagement of the client.
The 30-minute informational meeting does not guarantee employment; it does offer access to invaluable job search elements such as advice regarding the local landscape for particular work, questions about potential job openings, possible referrals to colleagues, invaluable professional networking and an essential in-person exchange.
Yes. CRN serves as a safety zone for questions and answers regarding acclimating to U.S. culture, customs and traditions. Tools and references are provided to assist with everyday challenges like size conversions, driving, emergencies, slang-idioms, acronyms, as well as with referrals to language courses.
In addition to serving as an ongoing resource for questions, sharing of invitations to events, and sharing notices about volunteer and other social opportunities, CRN checks-in with the new employee and family on a regular monthly basis for the first six months.
No, the CRN coordinators will provide aspects of the services; however, the goal is to utilize existing local resources for as many of those services as possible. The CRN desires to be the convener and the connector in many cases and the monitor of service satisfaction, but it does not plan to replicate existing services when avoidable.