Job Developers and Employers are a Match


The team at PPRC attended a Job Development seminar this past week.  Pictured above is Angela Hoyt on the far right, the moderator from Evolution Group Inc.  It was a one-day session designed to help experienced Job Developers hone their skills in recruiting employers and finding employment for persons with a disability.  Oh, wait let’s back up for a minute, how did she say that oh yeah; “slow down to move forward”.

Job Development is the practice of securing employment for clients who want to work but need support to gain access to the labour market. It involves actively engaging and building collaborative, preferably long-term, relationships with employers, understanding their real needs and assisting them to hire people with barriers to employment.

Job development is the art of influencing employers to hire from a pool of candidates who they may never have considered for their jobs before.

 Job Developers work with the employment counsellor and the job seeker to identify what type of employment they are looking to find.   Once the job seeker’s skills, interests and goals have been established, the job developer searches for employment opportunities in the field of work that matches.   So why do we need to help someone find work?  If they have the motivation, the skills and a clear job goal, why can’t they find it for themselves?  I mean come on, we did it back in the day; why when I was young I walked uphill both ways in -30C weather to get  … well you get the point.

Angela made a video that talks about the why we need to job develop for persons with disabilities. Have a look and listen:

Okay, you finished fishing?  If you did not watch the video you will not get the question. 

I call job development an art, which in my opinion it is.  The art is in finding the right employer, one that matches.  One that is open to finding talent in all walks of life.  The latest statistics from Stats Can state that 40% of persons with disabilities have degrees or have certificates for specific job skills.  Many have more than one. Yet, less than 50% are employed.  Why is that?  The real answer is attitudes, perceptions, myths, and truth be told, fear. 

Fear of the unknown, fear of the disability, fear of the costs and the fear of not knowing how to relate.

A paralyzing fear that stops, not just employers, but people and co-workers from giving a suitable job seeker that is differently abled from getting a chance.  They never get in the door. To adopt the fishing analogy from Angela, they know how to fish they can’t get access to the lake.  The Job Developer must overcome this to be successful in finding employment for persons who cannot find it for themselves.   The true success of job development is in matching jobs and job seekers, making both the employer and the candidate successful. 

So employers, when a job developer calls think of this:

  • Their success is your success.  They want you to be satisfied with the job candidate they find, they want you and the job seeker to succeed.
  • They already have suitable job seekers who are looking for work in your field or they would not have called.
  • The job developer has already vetted the job seeker. They have examined both the person’s skill set and your job specifications to make a match.
  • It is a higher risk to hire an unknown person who applied on line or dropped off a resume.  Once you know your job developer, you can trust them to help you meet your needs.

The fact is that the Job Developer is good for your business, good for you and good for the candidate.  So on the next job posting call us, talk to us or better yet call us now while you are interested. Get more information, we can help you save time and money.

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