Availability: Tuesday and Friday 10 am - 12 pm
Fees: no fees
Participants will be engaged in job search activities concurrently with Professional Development training two days a week for up to 4 weeks from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Participants in the fast track will immediately begin job search daily after completing the assessment and employment plan. Job search activities will be supervised and guided by the Job Developer and/or the Employment Coordinator.
Beginning a job search for a new job will be unfamiliar for the participant who possibly has had no previous or recent experience in conducting a job search for new employment. Participants will be involved in intensive job search until they gain an unpaid internship or unsubsidized employment. All job search activities will be entered into the ETS Data System and record in the participant’s case file.
Job search activities will have a definite direction and focus on industry, location and job description. Participant will engage in:
- Cold calling and following up on job leads that are given to them by the job developer.
- Applying for jobs using our job board, and printed job search listings.
- Completing online applications with assistance from the Job Developer.
- Completing web based job searches using job sources such as but not limited to; the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services database, Ohio Means Jobs and LinkedIn to search for employment opportunities.
- Conducting industry specific job search.
- Attending job fairs, networking events, job club activities.
Job Club will include noteworthy innovation at the tactical level, integrating a comprehensive interview process (complete with a well decorated office with a video camera), bilingual services, and ongoing job fairs and employer panels. Job Club will motivate participants to work by detailing how, by taking advantage of transitional supports; participants will be better off working and can considerably improve their net income. In addition, ETS uses a colorful “Wall of Success” in which they post the names, job types, and wages obtained by all successful Job Club graduates. Staff further recognizes client successes by ringing a bell, and presenting graduation certificates, prizes, and information on support services. Job clubs will have an open entry and open exit and will be held at flexible scheduled times so individuals can participate in them as necessary. Through these motivators, ETS will place 50 to 70 percent of clients in work activities.
The employment stage consists of securing prospective job placement opportunities consistent with prior and increased training skills. Job Development opportunities will be identified by the Job Placement and Job Retention Activities staff. Priority will be placed in unsubsidized full or part time positions. Second priority placement opportunities may include utilization of unpaid internships (public or private) or “try out” period for participants who have not gained unsubsidized employment. After which the employer will be expected to offer employment to participants who successfully complete the internship. Upon employment ongoing monitoring of job retention and work related barriers will be conducted for a period of six months from the date of hire. Newly identified work issues will be addressed and resolved in a timely manner utilizing:
- Employee meeting with employer
- Assistance with employment and training staff
- Job coaching
- Conflict resolution
- Salary negotiations
Our intention is to recruit companies who are already the major employers of low wage earners and TANF recipients. This will include UPS, Lowes, Home Depot, Target, and others, some of whom are based here in the metro area, and have a significant investment in the area and its citizens.
Periodically, ETS will host employers on site to meet and interview participants who qualify for employment openings. This process allows employers to observe the job readiness classroom activity and introduce participants to employer expectations.
Job Developers will emphasize to potential employers that they must adhere to federal labor laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Internships will not exceed the number of maximum hours allowable under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Job Developers will emphasize that program participants may not replace or be substituted for regular employees; be used to reduce the work or promotional opportunities of regular employees, or be used in the event of layoffs, labor disputes, or strike. The job development team (which includes a job developer, a retention specialist, and an employment coordinator) are all responsible for both the quality of the placement of a participant, as well as the quality of the relationship with the employer.