Description of Service

Job Seeking Skills Training (JSST) helps a person learn the most up to date skills to find a job.

Per Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) guidelines,  Job Seeking Skills Training (JSST) is “utilized to assist a [person] successfully identify and respond to potential job opportunities. The service may include: how to locate job opportunities through the newspaper, online, job boards, and ‘cold calling’ techniques (i.e. telephone script); how to develop a resume, cover letter; how to follow up with employers after completing an application or interview; how to address potential barriers such as breaks in employment history, criminal convictions, and/or need for reasonable accommodations; how to handle difficult interview questions, mock interviews; and to teach [people] the importance of and how to manage their online/social media.” Upon completion of JSST, the person “has the skills and resources to maximize his/her independence in conducting his/her own job search.”

What does the Service Look Like?

Your Capabilities Career Consultant meets you either in the library, in their office, at your local Department of Job and Family Services, or virtually by using the computer for your initial meetings. Your strengths as well as any areas needing training are identified to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to secure competitive employment. After meeting with the Career Consultant regularly, you are ready to practice your new Job Seeking Skills with a mock interview. To prepare, you review all the things you have learned – how to introduce yourself, how to answer questions, how to present yourself well, etc. The Career Consultant focuses on continuing to build your confidence to help you feel comfortable during the interview. Afterward, you and/or your Career Consultant ask the interviewer for any feedback or recommendations they may have to help you improve on future interviews and ensure your success in gaining employment. If the mock interview is done virtually, with your permission, it can be recorded and reviewed together with your Career Consultant in order to further refine and polish your skills.

Benefits

For the Job Seeker: JSST prepares a job seeker for their job search through comprehensive professional resume composition, training in completing job applications and interviewing, positive self-image building, mock or videotaped interviews, and job-related problem solving, which typically results in a more professional and successful job search. 

For the Employer: Employers will benefit from being connected to qualified candidates who are prepared to put their best foot forward and represent their company professionally.

For the Funding Source: During JSST, we can be proactive in the job search, heading off barriers that could eliminate potential opportunities in the future and preparing the person to participate to the best of their abilities during their job search.