During the Assessment portion, Employment Consultants help to evaluate an individual's skills based on the functions of the job and the situations that are likely to arise when working in the position. Individuals share their interests and values at this point so that the Employment Consultant can find the right match. Consultants can also offer on-the-job evaluations for individuals working in paid or volunteer positions.
Once Employment Consultants know what they’re working with, they can better guide an individual to focus on particular niches of employment. Together, Consultants and individuals design the ideal career “path” and then get to work developing the skills, strengths, and competencies that help them achieve their dream job.
Work Adjustment Training
To successfully land and keep a job, individuals must have the right balance of adjustments that help them perform well, along with the opportunity to grow, learn, and improve. To that end, Employment Consultants work with individuals to develop the right standards for the workplace, including punctuality, employee expectations, dealing with supervision, accepting constructive criticism, and co-worker interactions.
Job Development & Placement
Placement is a very important and exciting phase for our individuals. At this point, Employment Consultants will reach out to and work with prospective employers to help them modify, adjust, and tailor positions so that individuals can shine as well as deliver on an employer’s expectations. They will also help to negotiate salary and benefits.
We don’t take a “set-it-and-forget-it” approach to our individuals’ experience in this program. Instead, we recognize that the beginning of a job is a crucial time of transition and adjustment. Our Employment Consultants will work with employers to find co-workers who can connect with and mentor individuals who are new on the job. As they learn the ropes and become integrated into the company’s culture, they’re able to thrive when they have friends and mentors they can trust.
Another way that we provide accountability and ongoing improvement for individuals is through job coaching. Individuals participating in this take advantage of one-on-one and group support at a job site with Employment Consultants. This helps new placements or those performing new functions discuss their experiences and gain insights into how they can improve.
While individuals are not directly involved in this aspect, they do directly benefit from the relationship between Employment Consultants and employers. We forge this long-term relationship to ensure that our guidance and training actually align with the company’s training. In our view, that’s one of the most effective ways to make sure individuals feel confident on the job and placements work out long term.
Connection happens in many different settings. One of them is our coordinated support groups. Individuals who attend these work forums, organized by Employment Consultants, can meet others like them and share their wins or concerns. Over time, there’s a community feeling and a tangible network of relationships that enhances learning, reduces isolation, and generates a shared understanding of employer expectations.
Personal and professional growth is a lifelong journey, which means that our support does not stop once placement begins. Instead, our individuals benefit from long-term support even after they complete their initial job coaching. Employment Consultants are always available for face-to-face contact twice a month or even on a per-need basis.