Know the Job Seeker And Helpful Methods Analysis for this assignment you are a disability coach who works with disabled people. answer the questions
attached is the document know the job seeker
Think about the ways you get to know individuals. Review the section, “Know the Job Seeker.”
Which of the suggested methods do you use and why?
Which methods do you not use but believe might be helpful and why?
Are there suggested methods that you are unable to use? Why? “Know the Job Seeker”
Cindy Roberson, CESP
Supported Employment Specialist
Highland Rivers Health
This is my most successful approach to getting to “know the job seeker”. From the
beginning, I strive to develop a rapport with the individual. I’m very blessed in the fact
that the individuals I serve are eager for new opportunities and have a desire to learn.
I’m constantly trying to think outside the box and be as creative as possible with
discovering new opportunities. I believe creativity lends itself to avoiding boredom and
burnout on the part of the coach and the job seeker.
No matter how familiar or unfamiliar you are with your territory, I feel it is important to
view it as a map and yourself as on a quest of discovery. Of course, a good starting point
is with your established connections. One of the most successful bases is through our
community relationships. Our community backs our individuals. Start with what you
have and determine to branch out and press forward in your community.
Use free resources available in your area to give individuals more exposure. Use social
media such as a radio program, which is often free. Newspaper editors are likely to be
willing to do a community interest story. Seek out community events such as the local
fair or small business expos. Get to know the movers and shakers in your community.
I have found that exposing individuals to a variety of workplaces and conditions often
provides more reliable information than relying on family or other support people.
Unfortunately, the majority of the individuals I serve do not have a family member who
attends their person-centered planning meetings and often the support people do not
have well established relationships with the individuals. I value my relationship with the
individuals and they know I genuinely care.
I feel the Supported Employment Specialist should use this as an opportunity of
empowerment. Get to really know the individual by using open communication and
exposing them to a variety of work settings, followed by discussion. At the time of
person-centered planning, you (the Supported Employment Specialist), will have a well
established relationship with the individual and in turn, the individual will be empowered
to go in the meeting and make his/her choices known. Remember to work
enthusiastically, as this creates excitement for you and the individual. By doing so, we all
enjoy the journey.
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