ERIC Number: ED266393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Re-Employment of Displaced Workers: What Does and Doesn't Work.
Meyer, David P.; Ramey, Luellen
In light of the many thousands of displaced workers in Michigan, a program was developed to help laid-off workers assess their capabilities, relate their skills to job market needs, overcome the grief resulting from job loss, learn how to approach prospective employers, and successfully market their abilities. The 3-month program was offered at plant sites, union classrooms, or in community-based training centers. The delivery methods included presenters trained to introduce and lead discussions and group counseling sessions and peer facilitators selected by their unions and trained to work with participants, to spot problems, and to model target behavior. Several successful program criteria were identified: (1) length of 6 to 10 weeks; (2) accurate, broad-based labor information; (3) focus on interviewing skills; (4) social or monetary inducements to participate; (5) delivery variables including group process and films; (6) training in resume skills; (7) skilled presenters; (8) self-analysis; (9) referral to community resources; (10) program evaluation; (11) comfortable physical setting and warm atmosphere; and (12) support during job finding phase. Problems include insufficient screening of guest speakers and inadequate interview practice. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Los Angeles, CA, April 20-23, 1986).