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Job seeker assessment & exploration

Time spent engaging with the job seeker to explore their unique needs, abilities, and interests, as well as their complexities, is essential to establishing successful employment. Unlike traditional testing or standardized assessment, customized employment engages the job seeker in controlling the planning process and captures their preferences and connections in the community. The job seeker selects friends, family, and colleagues to participate in the process so that they can share positive perspectives and potential connections to employment opportunities.

Approaches for Assessing Applicants for Customized Employment

A Powerpoint presentation by Ellen Condon from the Rural Institute at University of Montana on strategies for learning about the abilities, interests, and needs of an individual.

Job Seeker Exploration: The Foundation of Customized Employment

Explains the process of understanding a job seeker's unique abilities, interests, goals and needs to provide the basis of Customized Employment.

The Most Important Member: Facilitating the Focus Person�s Participation in Person-Centered Planning

This research brief describes strategies for ensuring the active involvement of the individual with a disability in the customized employment process.

Building Authentic Visions: How to Support the Focus Person in Person-Centered Planning

This research brief describes strategies for ensuring the active involvement of the individual with a disability in the customized employment process.

More Than Just a Job: Person-Centered Career Planning

This brief describes ways to ensure that the assessment/exploration process focuses on creating a career path.

Discovery Process

The steps of the “discovery” process for identifying in conjunction with the individual their abilities, interests and goals. This product was developed for youth transitioning from education into the workforce but applies to individuals of all ages.

Starting with Me: A Guide to Person-Centered Planning for Job Seekers

Outlines a three-stage career development process that emphasizes using a person-centered approach for individuals with disabilities to make satisfying job choices. This brief guides job seekers through the process of assessing their interests, researchin

Career Planning Tool

Steps to take when assisting a person with a disability to plan a job search

Career Exploration

Sometimes a person - especially someone who hasn't had much job experience - needs to gather more information before undertaking a job search. This piece lists specific ideas for career exploration.

Dealing with Gaps in Work History

Strategies for individuals who have significant periods of unemployment as part of their work histories