Do you run into situations where the job seekers you support don't fit into existing jobs? Don't feel defeated! This is often the case in today's complex economy. Successful job development for people with disabilities is about meeting the specific needs of each job seeker and business.
So how can you meet those needs and achieve great outcomes?
Start by really getting to know the job seeker. Develop a personal profile that brings together all kinds of information about their skills and interests. You may get this information directly from the job seeker, through community experiences together, or from others who know the person well.
The personal profile will help you and the job seeker identify some options for employment. TransCen offers some excellent tools that will be helpful in this process.
Next, explore businesses that align with the job seeker's profile. This is the first step to matching employer needs with the interests and skills that the person can bring to the job.
Identify potential employers, and then schedule an appointment to spend some time learning about their business. Observe keenly and ask the right questions:
- What are the typical busy times?
- Are employees working overtime? (Or do they bring in temps?)
- Are there services the business wishes they could offer, but they lack resources?
- Are there tasks that many people do that could be done by one person?
- Are there tasks that take people away from critical jobs?
- Are there tasks that could be done better, more quickly, or more often?
- Are there tasks not getting done because no one has the time?
- If the manager asked staff what they wished they had help with, what would staff say?
Help employers rethink how they operate. Businesses are likely to respond to ideas that will:
See some opportunities? Put together a proposal demonstrating how the job seeker can meet a business need, creating a win-win for both the employer and the job seeker.
- Save them money
- Increase their profits
- Increase production & efficiency
- Improve customer service