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Job Seeking Skills Training Materials – Job Seeking Skills Workbook (English version) no longer available
Boerner, L. A., Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, Projects with Industry, 2004, 41 pages, R. Fry (Ed.).

These comprehensive Job Seeking Skills publications offer an organized, prepared curriculum which allows instructors to teach JSS without extensive preparation.   A typical five-day class schedule is laid out for instructors to follow with methods, goals, and outcomes for each unit.  Handouts include employment planning sheets, work applications, resume worksheets, a mock interview rating scale, and an evaluation checklist.

The participant’s workbook is a practical, spiral-bound book created for job seekers to write in and take with them for future reference.  Topics include the following:

  • Personal exploration activities to help participants determine job goals by assessing strengths, barriers, transferable skills, and interests.
  • Job applications and resumes.
  • Planning and organizing the job search process.
  • How to apply for a job and interview are discussed in detail, including tips for success and common pitfalls.
  • Online application and job searching.
  • How to keep a job and career advancement – aspects often left out of traditional JSS materials.

The uniqueness of these materials is their focus specifically on issues that people with disabilities face, such as laws relating to disclosure and accommodation requests which are not covered in typical JSS classes.

  • Job Seeking Skills Participant's Workbook & Instructor's Manual
    • CD
  • Job Seeking Skills Participant's Workbook
    • English Version - no longer available in print
    • Spanish Version
  • Job Seeking Skills Instructor's Manual
    • English Version
    • Spanish Version 

Goodness of Fit: A Guide to Conducting and Using Functional Vocational Assessments
Wheeler, J., The Rehabilitation Resource, 1996, 41 pages. $13.00 Item Code GOFA

People with disabilities continue to be severely unemployed and underemployed in this country. This fact remains despite years of advocating for their inclusion into the typical workforce. This high unemployment and underemployment rate can be traced, in part, to a lack of expertise in finding jobs that are a good match for these individuals. Employment agencies that have non-disabled workers as their customer base have techniques such as tests and interviews to match customers to employment. These techniques may be only marginally useful if the customer is a person with a disability.

In order to assure a "goodness of fit" between people with disabilities and community employers, a different and broader manner of assessment needs to be undertaken. This method has come to be known as the Functional Assessment process. Functional Assessments can be conducted in several domains (i.e., life spaces) depending on the environments being assessed.

The focus of this book is on helping to ensure a "goodness of fit" between individuals with disabilities and the community businesses that employ them. A step-by-step process for conducting a Functional Vocational Assessment is presented and also a framework for job development and a plan for assuring adequate and effective individualized support.

Tests and Test Use in Vocational Evaluation and Assessment
Siefker, J., The Rehabilitation Resource, 1996, 169 pages. $30.00 Item Code TATU

With hundreds of tests on the market from which to choose for assessing vocational potential, many professionals find it difficult to identify tests which are useful for their purposes. This document describes 71 tests which a sample of vocational evaluation professionals found to be useful in their work.

Part I provides information about testing in the vocational evaluation/assessment environment:

  • Reasons for test use in vocational evaluation and assessment, i.e., cost and time requirements, convenience, and ability to respond to referral questions
  • Problems in test use such as overuse, separating learning from performance, validity, and poor selection of instruments
  • General testing conditions and good testing practices - the physical environment, practice and retesting, behavior observation, and presenting results to the testee
  • How to select tests - reading level, appropriate norms, and a model for test use

Part II provides information on test resources - ways of getting information about tests, i.e., test publishers, reference works that describe and critique tests, and test data banks.

Part III, the final and largest section, describes 71 tests - aptitude, achievement, interest, intelligence, work behavior and attitude, and dexterity/special use. Each description follows the same format: purpose; subtests; levels of use; administration; scoring; description of norms, validity and reliability; intended populations; skills needed by testees; and the test publisher.

This document is a 1996 revision and update of several earlier publications including Testing and Test Modification in Vocational Evaluation (1986) and Psychological Testing in Vocational Evaluation (1982), both previously published by the Materials Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Note: Purchasers are recommended to contact test publishers for recent revisions of tests included in this 1996 publication.

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