ERIC Number: ED330966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Job Finding Club Pilot Project for Older Workers.
The Job Finding Club model originated in the early 1970's with Dr. Nathan Azrin, a behavioral psychologist and was adapted by Arthur Mills and his colleagues for use in Canada Employment Centers. Job Finding Club is a combined effort by its members to help each other find work. The Job Finding Club approach was adapted for use with older job seekers. Using behavioral techniques, the counselors created intensive and structured learning situations that provided members with the practical experience of job search. Several characteristics became evident for older workers during this pilot program. Older workers had a strong self-concept, could readily provide accurate details of the skills and abilities utilized in their past work experiences, and could identify occupational areas where they wanted to conduct their job search. They had some difficulty visualizing transferrable skills, and as a result were reluctant to search outside their past work experiences. Many indicated strong resistance to relocation. Information and permission for risk taking often had to be introduced by the counselors before members could shift into action. It has been demonstrated that the Job Finding Club approach with its emphasis on changing self-defeating behaviors while learning new job search skills enabled unemployed older workers to rejoin the labor market. (LLL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Job Finding Clubs (Canada)
Note: Paper presented at the National Consultation on Vocational Counselling (16th, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 23-25, 1990).