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Topic 3: Addressing Increased Unemployment

Upskill

Use this time to focus on upskilling of job seekers. Encourage professional development classes, ask job seekers to become familiar with more job search engines/sites, obtain a credential or a certificate, or go to school to position themselves for employment as more opportunities or different lines of opportunities become available.

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Topic 3: Addressing Increased Unemployment

Developing Jobs for All Times

Hello,

I find these discussions on job developing interesting. My background is in executive sales and marketing. I have worked with businesses for over 30 years, finding out employer needs and then finding solutions for those needs.

9 years ago, I changed gears and went to work for Living Opportunities, a non profit which serves individuals with developmental disabilities. A major part of my job was to find employment... more »

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Topic 3: Addressing Increased Unemployment

The Hidden Job Market

These past few months I have learned how to leverage the power of LinkedIn and have been sharing my knowledge with job seekers. I've been helping them with optimizing their profiles and coaching them on networking techniques. I also use LinkedIn to conduct employer research and career exploration activities. Personally, I too have developed new relationships with recruiters and hiring managers using the same techniques.... more »

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Topic 3: Addressing Increased Unemployment

Cohort Models to Provide Service and Social Support to Jobseekers with Disabilities

• Utilize a Cohort model to provide services to jobseekers with disabilities. Not only has the COVID-19 precipitated massive waves of unemployment for millions of Americans, it has also resulted in a great degree of social isolation. Especially when it comes to providing services to jobseekers with disabilities virtually, there may be considerable valuable in grouping people with disabilities together into cohorts or... more »

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Topic 3: Addressing Increased Unemployment

Accessible recruitment and applications

Employer engagement is critical to ensuring that people with disabilities are not left behind during the recovery or disproportionately disadvantaged during layoffs and furloughs. Currently, the monthly percent change in the employment rate of people with disabilities is larger and more negative than for people without disabilities. Employers may need additional assistance to support workers with disabilities and to avoid... more »

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Topic 3: Addressing Increased Unemployment

Presentation is everything!

When applicants respond to a potential job openings it is important to put one's best foot forward and keep your resume and application specifically directed to the job one is applying for. Carefully read the job description or ad you are responding to. Note the specific words the employer uses. The use of "preferred" or "required" gives important clues to what they need and prefer. Many companies use technology to "screen"... more »

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Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

resources to evalulated the Pros and Cons of the health risks of taking a essential job trending idea

Many people with disabilities work essential jobs, use public transportation to get to their job, or have underlying conditions. These factors increase the risk of exposure to COVID. How are you helping job seekers navigate the decision of accepting a job or to continue to work the job?

Abby

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Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

Increased risk of COVID for people with mental illness trending idea

I read this research report this week https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/wps.20806 that looks at mental illness, risk of COVID infection, and poor COVID infection outcomes. They looked at electronic health records for 61 million people in the US and found that people with mental illness had 7 times higher odds of getting COVID than those without mental illness. They also were also much more likely to be... more »

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Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

Communication trending idea

Creating a DOL chat site for folks looking for solutions, resources, and sharing of medical advice/reports. Plus, on-site visits with a job coach prior to or on the first-day would be helpful. Sometimes others have had the same issue and can share their "hits and misses". Some ideas or techniques may fit a situation for one person but not another. One has to be flexible and patient in trying new ideas. Adjustments don't... more »

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Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

workplace risk assessment trending idea

As Job Developers and Employment Specialists, we can advocate for the safety and health of those who we support in the workplace. One method we created at Arc Broward was to conduct a worksite safety checklist to ensure that the worksite was safe for our participants. In the event that areas of concern were noted, we can provide technical assistance to the employer. The worksite evaluation checklist includes items such... more »

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Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

Increased Technical Training trending idea

I have been working with several job seekers who are motivated to work, but have had to put their job searches on hold due to the health risks of working in the community. Some have strong technical skills and are exploring opportunities to work remotely; however, some have minimal technical skills and/or the ability to pay for internet services. I think there is a great need for training that prepares individuals for... more »

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Topic 1: Addressing Health Risks

• Employers should ensure that job descriptions make it clear if working from home/remote work/telecommuting is possible trending idea

Decreasing potential exposure to the virus is the most direct way of addressing the health risks involved with the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, employers have a responsibility to make it absolutely clear to jobseekers if the job can be performed remotely. If an employer does not make that clear, job developers should automatically encourage the employer to clarify immediately.

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