Description of Service

Job Development assists job seekers in obtaining suitable, fulfilling employment.

Per Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) guidelines, Job Development “is utilized to prepare and assist [people] to contact businesses, apply and interview with employers, and to secure employment…[the service] includes instruction and guidance about how to locate potential job opportunities (e.g. networking, use of Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) and other electronic job boards, newspapers, online, and ‘cold’ calling); development of a resume and mock application template, and cover letters; how to answer interview questions including issues such as gaps in employment histories; requesting reasonable accommodations; addressing criminal histories; and managing online profiles/social media.” 

What does the Service Look Like?

A Capabilities Job Developer will assist you in finding suitable employment. We provide you with an engaged, person-centered process that offers customized support for you to explore employment opportunities within your selected job goal, introduce your skills and talents to employers, and make job selection decisions. Through networking and building meaningful relationships, our experienced Job Developers connect you to an extensive network of employers in your local area. Your Job Developer teaches you about disclosing your disability, creating customized cover letters and resumes specific to job postings, how to complete online and paper applications for best results, and successfully completing interviews to find a fulfilling career. Our goal is to build your confidence and highlight your strengths to show employers why you are the best candidate for the job.

Benefits

For the Job Seeker: The job seeker receives one-on-one, individualized support on their path to obtaining and maintaining desirable and competitive community employment. Capabilities Job Developers use their knowledge of local labor markets to focus on finding and creating opportunities for people.

For the Employer: We mutually collaborate with employers to provide quality job candidates, support with accommodation recommendations/requests, and support for the person’s retention needs. Employers who hire persons served by Capabilities will be benefiting their communities by diversifying their workforce to more accurately represent the spectrum of individuals in their market. Hiring people with disabilities also helps your bottom line with incentives such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) that you are eligible to receive for hiring people with disabilities.

For the Funding Source: Capabilities has provided person-centered Job Development services for over 20 years, making us a leader in the field. Our experienced and qualified staff have the expertise to increase both placement and retention rates.