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Welcome

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.

YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR EXTRA HELP.

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."

FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY FOR EXTRA HELP

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.

Directions

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!

Surveys

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

Career Goals and Interests

Unsure about which career is best for you? These questions can help you decide whether you need to do career exploration and/or an interest inventory.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. One job is about as good as another.
A B C D 2. I cannot name three jobs that I am interested in doing.
A B C D 3. I do not even know how to start exploring a job I'd like.
A B C D 4. I have not talked to people who are doing the job I want.
A B C D 5. I mostly feel bored with and indifferent to the jobs I have done.
A B C D 6. I don't seem to enjoy a job the way others do.
A B C D 7. I would be reluctant to contact someone I don't know for information about career fields in which I am interested.
A B C D 8. I find that my occupation tend to make me unhappy.
A B C D 9. I believe an experienced employment counselor would have a better idea of what jobs I should apply for than I have.
A B C D 10. I have not found any type of work that I really enjoy.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have three or more, complete a Career Goals & Interests Action Plan.

 


Career Goals and Interests Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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Career Talents

This self-test can help you determine if you could be helped by taking an assessment of aptitude. An aptitude assessment can tell you whether or not you have a strong ability to learn how do a specific job task.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. I don't know what I'm really good at.
A B C D 2. I have always done the same things and that's all I think I can do.
A B C D 3. I have always wanted to do other jobs but I am not sure I can.
A B C D 4. I do not have any background or experience in the field in which I want to be trained.
A B C D 5. I cannot remember taking any type of test that showed me what areas I'd be really good at.
A B C D 6. Sometimes it seems to me that others learn how to do things much more easily than I do.
A B C D 7. I think I have the ability to do anything.
A B C D 8. Learning how to do certain tasks is a real struggle for me.
A B C D 9. Sometimes I feel like the things I'm interested in doing aren't the things I'm good at.
A B C D 10. I would be interested in taking a test that would tell me what things I'm best at.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have three or more, complete a Career Talents Action Plan.


Career Talents Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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Career Skills

The following 10 questions can help assess your need for occupational skill training or for skills testing.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. I don't know what skills I need to get the job I want.
A B C D 2. I don't have the skills I need to get the job I want.
A B C D 3. I don't have the experience to get the job I went to school for.
A B C D 4. My job skills are obsolete.
A B C D 5. I have to improve my skills to stay up with the latest changes in my field.
A B C D 6. I'd like to go to a vocational/technical school to learn skills I can use on the job.
A B C D 7. I have an employer who will hire me if I can just get the tools, equipment, and/or uniform I need.
A B C D 8. The only way to learn what I need to learn is actually doing the job.
A B C D 9. There are job skills I don't have that I need to learn to be better able to get a job.
A B C D 10. I have an employer who will hire me if I get training.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have three or more, complete a Career Skills Action Plan.


Career Skills Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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Academics

Answering these questions will help determine if you need academic services including a diploma, financial aid information, or where to go to school.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. I need more education to get the type of job I want.
A B C D 2. I had to leave high school before completing.
A B C D 3. I need a certificate, license, or diploma to get the job I want.
A B C D 4. I often do not understand what I read.
A B C D 5. I have trouble reading or understanding the daily newspaper.
A B C D 6. I would like to go back to school but would like some help on enrolling.
A B C D 7. I would like to get into a GED program, community college, college, or master's program.
A B C D 8. I would like to go to school but would need information on ways to pay for it.
A B C D 9. I'd like to continue my education but am not sure what is even available.
A B C D 10. I want to go to school and pretty much know where I want to go and what I want to study.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have three or more, complete an Academics Action Plan.


Academics Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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Job Seeking Skills

This self-assessment gives you information about how you look for a job.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. When asked what my experience if for a position, I would mention only my paid worker experience.
A B C D 2. I struggle with what to say when an employer asks me about something negative in my background.
A B C D 3. My resume needs work.
A B C D 4. I won't apply for a job at a business unless I know they are hiring.
A B C D 5. I don't think I am very good at job interviewing.
A B C D 6. Employers will not hire me because of how I look.
A B C D 7. I would hesitate to ask questions during a job interview.
A B C D 8. I would feel uncomfortable asking friends for job leads.
A B C D 9. I would be uncomfortable applying for a job if I did not have all the qualifications listed on the job description.
A B C D 10. I do not normally contact the people I use for recommendations before I use their name.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have five or more, complete a Job Seeking Skills Action Plan.


Job Seeking Skills Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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Job Keeping Skills

Think about a job you've held. If you have not held a job, think about what you might do if you were working at a job. Answering these questions will help determine if you need information about moving up on a job, getting raises, and sticking with a job.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. I often spend more time trying to think of ways to get out of things than it would take me to do them.
A B C D 2. Asking for help on the job is a sign of being weak.
A B C D 3. I think it's okay to take off time from work for personal reasons.
A B C D 4. I usually try to avoid doing job tasks that I dislike doing.
A B C D 5. I have held a couple jobs for less than three months.
A B C D 6. If my child was sick I would not go to work.
A B C D 7. I'd rather quit a job than do something I don't think I should have to do.
A B C D 8. When someone makes me angry I get even.
A B C D 9. I find it difficult to take criticism without feeling hurt.
A B C D 10. I seem to be late more than I am on time for things.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have two or more, complete a Job Keeping Skills Action Plan.


Job Keeping Skills Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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Basic Life Resources

The following statements describe life situations you may be in. Answering these questions can show which, if any, services you may need to help you out during your job search or while working on a job.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. Some days I don't get enough to eat.
A B C D 2. I worry how I will get the money to survive the rest of the month.
A B C D 3. Getting from place to place can be a real problem for me.
A B C D 4. I hope I am still living in the same place in a month.
A B C D 5. I do not have reliable daycare with which I am comfortable.
A B C D 6. I do not have easy access to a telephone.
A B C D 7. If I don't get a job soon I may have to declare bankruptcy.
A B C D 8. I worry about whether I'll have the money to keep my utilities turned on.
A B C D 9. I do not own an alarm clock.
A B C D 10. I don't have the money to buy gasoline.
A B C D 11. I am delinquent on student loan payments.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have one or more, complete a Basic Life Resources Action Plan.


Basic Life Resources Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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Life And Family

Answering these self-assessment questions honestly can help you get matched to services or information that can make your life easier to manage.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. I'd like to talk with someone about finding a place to live.
A B C D 2. I wish my family didn't fight and argue so much.
A B C D 3. My friends or family try to talk me out of getting a job or training.
A B C D 4. Caring for a family can be almost too much to bear.
A B C D 5. I am responsible for the care of an elderly relative.
A B C D 6. If my partner did not want me to work or go to school I would probably quit.
A B C D 7. I cannot count on my family to give me a ride, watch my child, or loan me money if I need it to stay in school.
A B C D 8. Managing time is not my strong point.
A B C D 9. 911 has been called to break up a family argument.
A B C D 10. Sometimes I feel like my family and friends don't want me to get a job or an education.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have one or more, complete a Life And Family Action Plan.


Life And Family Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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My Body's Health

Your health is an important factor in your job search. You may need special accommodations to be able to do a job. You may need to think about health issues as you select a career. These questions can help see if health issues need to be considered.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. My health gives me a lot of problems.
A B C D 2. There are some jobs I cannot do because of my health or physical problems.
A B C D 3. I need surgery soon.
A B C D 4. My children seem to be sick a lot.
A B C D 5. I have a child/family member who has a physical disability and/or illness that requires much care.
A B C D 6. My medication could affect my job performance.
A B C D 7. I will need special accommodations to do certain jobs.
A B C D 8. My doctors' appointments will hinder my school or jobs.
A B C D 9. My handicap prevents me from doing things that I need to do in my job.
A B C D 10. I have had to quit a job because of a health-related problem.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have one or more, complete a My Body's Health Action Plan.


My Body's Health Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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Thoughts And Feelings

Rate the following statements based on how you feel or what you believe.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. I don't really have any important goals I can think of.
A B C D 2. I cannot think of anything I have done that makes me feel real proud.
A B C D 3. Most things that happen to people are beyond their control.
A B C D 4. I often sleep too much or too little.
A B C D 5. Things often seem so hopeless.
A B C D 6. Sometimes I feel out of touch with reality.
A B C D 7. When I make plans they often don't work out.
A B C D 8. I like to set goals but I give them up if they get too hard.
A B C D 9. I frequently get excited about doing something but lose interest easily.
A B C D 10. To a great extent, my life is controlled by accidental happenings.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have two or more, complete a Thoughts and Feelings Action Plan.


Thoughts and Feelings Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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Substance Use

Use of drugs and alcohol can directly impact your success on a job search and on a job. Answer these 10 questions to see if drugs and alcohol could hurt your chances. Answer them honestly.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. Sometimes I'll use drugs or alcohol to alter my mood.
A B C D 2. I have thought about cutting back on drinking or getting high.
A B C D 3. There is nothing wrong with drinking or getting high by yourself.
A B C D 4. My family or friends complain about my drinking or getting high.
A B C D 5. I try to limit myself to a certain number of drinks per week.
A B C D 6. My driving record includes a conviction for DUI.
A B C D 7. I have gotten in trouble at work because of drugs and alcohol.
A B C D 8. I have awakened in the morning and could not remember what happened the night before.
A B C D 9. It's hard for me to quit drinking or getting high because most of my friends do.
A B C D 10. I've noticed that I can drink more than I used to without feeling its effects.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have three or more, complete a Substance Use Action Plan.


Substance Use Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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Legal Issues

Your job search can be impacted by an legal issues you are facing. To see if you need services to help overcome legal challenges, complete the next 10 items.

Answer the following questions using the key shown here:

A = Strongly Agree B=Somewhat Agree
C=Somewhat Disagree

D=Strongly Disagree

A B C D 1. I have been arrested or convicted of a crime other than traffic violations.
A B C D 2. I will soon go to court or sentencing.
A B C D 3. I owe back child support.
A B C D 4. I have unpaid court fines or restitution to pay.
A B C D 5. I have to do community service hours as part of a court sentence.
A B C D 6. I am going to court soon on a family matter.
A B C D 7. I am involved in civil litigation.
A B C D 8. I am driving a car without mandatory insurance and/or an expired license.
A B C D 9. I am on probation or parole.
A B C D 10. I need to find an attorney to discuss a legal matter I am concerned with.

Scoring:

Count the total number of A's and B's. _____.

If you have one or more, complete a Legal Issues Action Plan.


Legal Issues Action Plan

Here are some materials and resources that are available than I can use on my own:

Here are some classes I can take, workshops I can attend, and groups I can join:

I can make an appointment to talk one-on-one with a counselor on one of these topics:

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

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