ERIC Number: ED410706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Shared Responsibility: Job Search Practices from the Consumer and Staff Perspective.
Temelini, David; Fesko, Sheila
Research To Practice, Jun 1996
Staff (N=369) and consumers (N=191) from a national sample of community vocational rehabilitation providers and independent living centers were surveyed concerning effective job search practices. Consumers were also asked to report on job satisfaction, job search support, and how the obtained job equated with job preferences. The majority of consumers reported being "very satisfied" with assistance received in finding a job. Most consumers reported overall job satisfaction, although dissatisfaction was sometimes expressed about pay, fringe benefits, and opportunities for advancement. Individuals who were more satisfied with assistance received in the job search also reported greater satisfaction with the job itself. Staff reported positively on the use of counseling, resume development, informal discussion of vocational interests and goals, matching the consumer to the job, and making repeated contact with companies. The following five patterns of job search activities were identified through factor analysis of staff responses: (1) generic/not individually focused (such as hosting a job fair); (2) individually focused placement; (3) agency marketing approach; (4) traditional job placement approach; and (5) networking strategy. The networking strategy typically resulted in a higher hourly wage, greater number of hours worked, and shorter job search time than did other strategies. (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Agencies, Career Counseling, Community Services, Disabilities, Job Placement, Job Satisfaction, Job Search Methods, National Surveys, Networks, Surveys, Vocational Rehabilitation
Institute for Community Inclusion. 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.