PA-WDS 6: Job Development and Placement Services
The agency provides the necessary job development and placement services to help the job seeker find and keep a job that is consistent with his or her employment plan.
NA The agency does not provide job development and placement services.
The agency provides the job seeker with current labor market information consistent with their employment objectives
, including current job listings with salary levels and opportunities for advancement.
The agency supports the job seeker’s search for employment by helping him or her develop a job search strategy and improve job search skills including:
- resume writing;
- interview and negotiation techniques; and
- accessing online resources.
To promote job retention, the agency:
- offers varied placement opportunities;
- encourages clients to pursue living wage jobs;
- links job seekers to appropriate work supports; and
- provides job placements with potential for advancement.
Work supports are federally and state funded programs
that provide assistance to low-income families. Examples of work supports include the Earned Income Tax Credit, subsidized child care, food stamps, and cash assistance.
Research Note: Research
suggests that children fare better academically and socially when their family
is receiving necessary work supports. However, studies have shown that eligible families are not taking advantage of potential federal, state, and local benefits. A study of low-income working parents
in Wisconsin recommended that outreach
take place in locations, such as workforce development program sites, where eligible families are likely to frequent for other reasons.
Support services should identify and reduce barriers to job retention, which can include:
- family responsibilities;
- inaccessible or unreliable transportation;
- insufficient benefits or income;
- social isolation on the job;
- lack of dependable childcare;
- the continued use of alcohol or drugs; and
- a lack of affordable and dependable housing.
To improve job retention, the agency follows up with both the employer and the employee
to assess the appropriateness
of the placement and to address any emerging issues with placed workers.
To ensure job stability and long-term retention, post placement follow-up and support services should continue as appropriate to the identified needs of the individual and the employer.