ERIC Number: ED424701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
An Examination of Teaching a Networking Strategy to Job Seekers. ICI Tools for Inclusion.
Gandolfo, Cecilia; Graham, Audrey
This issue brief describes the outcomes of a study conducted by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) that investigated the effectiveness of a training workshop on using a networking approach to job development for people with disabilities. The two-day workshop focused on teaching how to identify and use connections such as family members, friends, present and past employers, agencies, professional organizations, and other community resources as a part of the job search. Following the training, results indicated that: (1) there were significant increases in the number of people who talked to people about looking for a job after they had attended the training; (2) 59 percent of consumers reported having an informational interview since the training; (3) 64 percent had one to three informational interviews in the two months after the training; (4) 70 percent of participants did not use the 30-day action plan introduced in the training, however, 75 percent said that they developed an action plan that defined goals which met their specific needs; (5) of the 22 participants who responded to the two-month follow-up, six people had obtained a job; and (6) for individuals who had not yet found jobs, 96 percent were continuing their search. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Community Programs, Disabilities, Employment Services, Job Placement, Job Search Methods, Program Effectiveness, Social Networks, Training Methods, Workshops
Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP, Developmental Evaluation Center, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115; Tel: 617-355-5612; TTY: 617-355-6956; e-mail: email@example.com.; Web site: http://www.childrenshospital.org/ici.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.