Job readiness course starts Jan. 18

searchCenter for Independent Living Options is hosting a five-week job readiness course beginning Wednesday, Jan. 18. This new class will prepare you for employment through self-assessment, creating a plan and setting goals, finding a job, and learning to manage your career.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the five-week course, which is held every Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. Click here for a flier or email Yonel Robinson for more information.


New app makes skills-based match between employers and job seekers

Applying for a job can be nerve-wracking. Did I hit all the right keywords? Will my skills match what their looking for in this position? Does a real person even look at my résumé?

That’s where a new app called “Tilr” hopes to help. The Cincinnati startup offers an alternative to the traditional recruitment process by matching people to jobs purely on skills that are inserted into an app. Instead of hiring managers relying on keyword matches or titles reflecting previous experience from job seekers’ resumes, an algorithm helps match people to jobs based on the skills employers are looking for. Once a match happens, then the job seeker has an opportunity to accept or decline an available position.

Though originally conceived as a way to help veterans and caregivers re-enter the workforce, Tilr could also help people with disabilities find the right job. Read more in this article from The Cincinnati Enquirer.

VIDEO: Finding and keeping a job in the community

Sometimes finding a job can be tough. But with determination and the right supports, people with developmental disabilities are finding work in the community.

The latest video from the Southwestern Ohio Regional Council of Governments and the WORKing Together Collaborative focuses on families and what others can do to help people set goals and succeed, including:

  • Self-Advocacy
  • Local agency support
  • School teams and planning
  • Parent/Family member support and input

It features Chelsia Carter, who works at McDonald’s and The Arbors, Zachariah McCall, who works at Panera Bread, Garrett Doerr, who works at Kroger, and Rachel Rice, who works three jobs — one at a transportation company, another at Production Services Unlimited, and one at the Warren County Court of Common Pleas.

Focus on soft skills improves chance for employment success

Without question, 19-year-old Aurora Hobden said, she wants to land a job. The prospect both thrills and frightens her.

Will she be able to manage her emotions? Follow procedures? Multi-task?

“What might be hard is handling the pressure,” Hobden said. “Being able to know what you’re supposed to do and do it and maybe be good at it.”

Aurora Hobden, left, and Hunter Kleman take part in an exercise at Greenleaf Job Training Services. (Photo by Kyle Robertson for The Columbus Dispatch)
Aurora Hobden, left, and Hunter Kleman take part in an exercise at Greenleaf Job Training Services. (Photo by Kyle Robertson for The Columbus Dispatch)

The Upper Arlington resident is among thousands of Ohioans with developmental disabilities whose path to employment no longer leads — at least not automatically — to a spot in a sheltered workshop. State and federal policies that aim to sharply decrease reliance on programs considered “segregated” are steering more and more would-be workers to jobs in the community.

But that transition, no matter how welcome, can be overwhelming. Many of those seeking work spent years in special-education classes and programs where expectations were gentle and nontypical appearances and behaviors didn’t stand out.

“There are certain things that are accepted in those environments that won’t be in the community,” said Jessica Schollenberger, an instructor and job developer at Greenleaf Job Training Services in Clintonville. She’s helping Hobden and a handful of other young adults enrolled in a new class at Greenleaf that is designed to focus on the soft skills that often make or break job success for people with disabilities.

Read more in this article from The Columbus Dispatch.

Restaurant skills class starts in January


YWCA Greater Cincinnati is launching a new six-week training program in response to the growing demand for skilled dining room professionals.

First Course: Certified Dining Room Professional (CDRP) begins Monday, Jan. 23 and will be offered without charge to eligible individuals, thanks to funding support from Procter & Gamble. Prospective students must attend one information session prior to registration:

  • 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 8
  • 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 15
  • 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 5.

Classes begin Monday, Jan. 23 and are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Monday and Tuesday at the YWCA downtown office, 898 Walnut St. Participants also will gain hands-on learning experience at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Upon completion, students will be eligible to take the CDRP examination and will also receive “black and whites,” the standard restaurant banquet uniform. Transportation to the Convention Center will be provided. Click here for the full press release. Call 513-361-2149 to register or with questions.

New website for job seekers with disabilities

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities recently launched a new website aimed at helping people with disabilities find a job. OOD Works is a job portal where you can learn about vocational rehabilitation services and complete an online assessment.

What is vocational rehabilitation?

These services help individuals with disabilities find a job and be more independent.  This involves deciding if a person is eligible, setting an employment goal, putting the goal into a plan, and getting the job services and training needed to get a job.  Job coaching and other employment services may also be involved.


Classes to build job-search and interview skills

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC) kicks off its Employment Series tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29. They’re from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the next four weeks.

This program provides the tools necessary to obtain and strengthen skills for finding meaningful employment. One will learn about resumes, determining and utilizing their character strengths, professionalism and presenting yourself, and interviewing skills. Each participant will take part in mock interviews in the final week of the series.

  • Week 1: Resume Building
  • Week 2: Character Strengths & Finding Jobs
  • Week 3: Professionalism and Presenting Yourself
  • Week 4: Put Your Skills into Practice – Mock Interviews

Registration and other details available on the DSAGC website.