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The following Assessment Instruments were developed Cygnet Associates, 590 Sherman Avenue, Waynesburg, PA 15370; (412) 627-3630; Cygnet84@aol.com. Through their generosity, it has been made available free of charge to the workforce development community.

Get the Job You Want

Faster and Easier


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|You May Qualify for Extra Help| |Steps 1 & 2 Goals and Challenges| |Step 3 Pulling Together an Action Plan| |Step 4 Putting Action Plan to Work| |12 Surveys|

Helping people get good jobs is what we are all about. We offer many resources for finding a job now. Or you might want more education and training to get a better job. The choice is yours.

If You are Having Trouble Reading this, Tell a Staff Person Right Now.

There are many roads to a good job. We will not tell you which one to take. Instead, you are in control. Using the resources here, you may be able to set a career goal and achieve it without help from staff. Or you may need to talk with a staff person sometimes. We are here for you every step of the way.


Most resources at our center may be used by anyone. But we get some special money every year to offer extra help to people who may really need it. This can include free job training, child care and transportation help, counseling and other things.

On the next page is a form. If you answer "yes" to any of the statements on this form, tell a staff person right away. You may qualify for extra services. Once you have finished this form, go to the next page, which begins "Start Now to Get the Job You Want."


Finding a job is harder for some people than others so they need more help. We get extra money every year for this purpose. If you qualify, you can get extra help such as.

1. Free education and training at local schools and colleges

2. Free or low-cost transportation to school or work.

3. Free or low-cost child care.

4. Special classes in getting and keeping good jobs.


Read each of these statements. If you answer "yes" to any statement, tell a staff person right away. You may get some extra help.

_____Yes __ My reading, writing or math skills are not so good.

_____Yes __ I do not have a high school diploma or GED.

_____Yes __ I get checks from the government for welfare or other reasons.

_____Yes __ I have been arrested and fingerprinted at least once.

_____Yes __ I have a disability of some kind.

_____Yes __ I do not have a place to call home.

_____Yes __ I was laid off from my most recent job.

_____Yes __ I am under 22 years old and a parent or pregnant.

_____Yes __ I have been out of work at least four months.

_____Yes __ I am age 55 or older

_____Yes __ I am a veteran of the Armed Forces.

If you did not answer "yes" to any of the statements above, you are ready to move on to Step 1, which starts below. If you have questions at any time, ask a staff person.

Start Now to Get the Job You Want

There are four steps to getting the job you want:

1. Setting a career goal.

2. Finding out about the strengths and challenges that you bring to the job search.

3. Putting together an "Action Plan" to help you with your challenges.

4. Using resources here and elsewhere to make your Action Plan succeed.

Steps 1 and 2: Goals and Challenges

Take steps 1 and 2 with the following surveys that you complete yourself. It helps you spot challenges you'll face in 12 categories. Few people have challenges in all categories. But no matter what stands in your way, we can help you succeed.

1. Career Goals and Interests - What kind of job you might like the best.

2. Career Talents - Your natural gifts that make it easier to learn skills for a job you will enjoy.

3. Career Skills - The job skills you have now.

4. Academics - Reading, writing and math skills.

5. Job-Seeking Skills - Things like finding job openings, filling out applications, interviewing and writing resumes.

6. Job-Keeping Skills - What you need to know to get along with others and earn raises and promotions.

7. Basic Life Resources - Food, clothing, shelter, child care, transportation and easy access to a telephone.

8. Life and Family - Problems at home that can keep you from getting and keeping a job.

9. My Body's Health - Any limits you might have on working caused by injuries, disabilities or other problems with the health of your body.

10. Thoughts and Feelings - Whether you have worries about working or life in general, including mental or emotional disabilities you know about.

11. Substance Abuse - Drug or alcohol problems that get in the way of working.

12. Legal Issues - You might not have a driver's license or a license to practice a career. You might also face problems with the police or courts that could keep you from working.

How to Score Your Career Survey

Each section is on a separate page of the survey. In each of the 12 sections you will find a series of statements. You are asked whether you agree with each statement.

Circle "A" if you "strongly agree" with the statement.

Circle "B" if you "somewhat agree" with the statement.

Circle "C" if you "somewhat DISAGREE" with the statement.

Circle "D" if you "strongly DISAGREE" with the statement.

Any "A" answer reveals a possible barrier to your career goal. A "B" answer means the problem might not be so serious but is still work looking into. A "C" or "D" answer means this is an area of possible strengths. On the "Action Plan" you will find a list of resources we offer in each of the 12 categories to help you overcome any challenges.

Now you are ready to take the survey. Begin now. If you have questions or problems, talk with a staff person right away.

Step 3: Putting Together an Action Plan

Your finished survey points out challenges that might stand in the way of your career goal. It also can show you areas where you've got strengths. Now it's time to make an "Action Plan" to remove the challenges one by one.

Following this page is a section called "Resources." Take a look at it now. You will see there are 12 sheets which match the 12 categories in your Career Survey. On each sheet is a list of resources. Some can be found here, others are at other local agencies. You will see, too, that the resources are in three categories.

1. Self-Help Resources: You use these by yourself. They include information about training and jobs, tests of your job interests and skills, and other materials. If you need help using these resources, a staff person will be glad to assist you.

2. Group Resources: Sometimes the best way to overcome a challenge is to work with others. There are several group activities to choose from to help you find a good job fast, test your skills and abilities, take control at home, or feel better about things in general.

3. One-on-One Help: Sometimes you may just feel lost and not know what to do about the problem.

Look at all the resources, then put a check-mark next to the resources you want to use. Then show your completed Action Plan to a staff person. He or she will go over it with you and help you make the most of the resources here and elsewhere in the community.

Why not get started now? If you have questions, any staff person will be glad to help.

Step 4: Putting Your Action Plan to Work

When your Action Plan is done, you are ready to start using the resources offered through our one-stop center. A resource specialist can get you started. We have information and services of all kinds to help you overcome challenges in any of the 12 categories on your Career Survey. In each category you will find two basic kinds of resources.

1. Information: About job openings, high-demand careers, job-search and other classes, training opportunities and other community resources. It is all arranged so that you can look it up yourself. Ask the resource specialist if you have questions.

2. Activities: Surveys, tests, tipsheets and checksheets to help you overcome any barrier step-by-step. Some of these activities you do yourself and some are offered in groups. For some, you might want to meet one-on-one with a counselor.

We also have a Resource Room. The Resource Room has much of the information and activities that are listed on the Action Plans. The Resource Room is always staffed. If you have any question about using these resources or wish to talk with a career counselor, ask the resource specialist for help. With the right plan, nothing can hold you back! So get started!


Each of the surveys is on a separate "page." Click on the name of the survey to link to it.

1. Career Goals and Interests 7. Basic Life Resources
2. Career Talents 8. Life and Family
3. Career Skills 9. My Body's Health
4. Academics 10. Thoughts and Feelings
5. Job-Seeking Skills 11. Substance Abuse
6. Job-Keeping Skills 12. Legal Issues

Prepared by Cygnet Associates
590 Sherman Avenue, Waynesburg, PA 15370; (412) 627-3630; Cygnet84@aol.com.

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