Your Employment Search (YES)

  • Transforms Job-Search Effectiveness of New Job Hunters to Long-Term Unemployed

  • Guides Staff and Job Seekers in Creating Individual Employment Plans Under WIOA

 

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Transform the job-search readiness and effectiveness of anyone searching for work, from new job seekers to long-term unemployed, with Your Employment Search (YES).

YES is also an ideal tool for guiding staff and participants in creating Individual Employment Plans (IEPs) under WIOA.

YES measures and teaches productive job-seeking skills in 5 key areas to immediately boost the job search. This makes YES an ideal tool for your customer-focused and individualized career services, where effectiveness and results are paramount.

No matter where your job hunters are in their work search, YES assesses their job-search strengths, needs, and barriers; opens their eyes to the best methods for getting hired; and leads to a personal employment search strategy tailored to their individual situation and goals.

See this blog post about the key cause of job search failure and how YES can help solve it.

 

YES’s BENEFITSResponding to Step 1 of YES

  • Combines self-assessment with today’s most productive job-hunt guidance
  • Saves time by providing job-search help, planning, and encouragement in one tool
  • Helps job hunters manage their attitude and keep going despite rejection 
  • Explains proactive job-search methods for standing out 
  • Covers online applications, resume keywords, social media 
  • Helps determine why job seekers may not be getting interviews and getting hired
  • Results in a personal employment search strategy based on an individual's goals and needs
  • Is completely self-guiding for job seekers, making YES very helpful in agencies and centers limited on time, budget, and staff
  • Helps the long-term unemployed and people reentering the workforce get on track in the job search

SCALES / TOPICS COVEREDLearning About YES Results in Step 2

  • Focuses on 5 key areas critical for job-search success today: career direction, attitude, active job search, job-search tools, employer communications 
  • Helps job hunters understand where they need the most guidance and why they may not be getting interviews and offers

FORMAT

  • Concise 6-panel foldout design with 3 clear steps; a perforated, detachable panel lets job hunters summarize their unique employment search strategy and goals for quick reference and follow up
  • Completely self-guiding for job seekers and the unemployed
  • Color-coded for easy use and self-scoring
  • Comes shrink-wrapped flat in convenient packs of 50

AUDIENCES

  • Ideal for all workers at all levelsImproving Job Search Skills in Step 3 of YES
  • Written at an 8th-grade reading level

HOW YES WORKS

  • Takes about half-hour to complete
  • Step 1—Assess: Individuals read each statement about their job search and circle the response that best matches how true the statement is for them. YES has 40 brief statements requiring a response.
  • Step 2—Evaluate: Individuals quickly and easily tally their totals and learn in which areas they need the most help and guidance.
  • Step 3—Improve: Individuals review active job-search techniques and skills and checkmark those they will use in their employment search.
  • Summarize and Create: On a perforated panel, individuals create their employment search strategy/Individual Employment Plan (IEP) using insights and information gained from YES. Job hunters can detach the panel if desired and keep it handy for easy reference throughout their job search. 

USES

  • Easy to administer—just provide pens or pencils
  • Use in group settings, use one-on-one, or distribute for self-completion
  • Ideal for employment services, career services, Individual Employment Plans (IEPs), American Job Center/Career One-Stop orientation meetings, Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEAs), job clubs, job search workshops, alumni career services, people returning to work, long-term unemployed, adult education programs, veterans programs, jail/correctional facility programs, youth programs, SNAP employment and training programs, welfare programs, job counseling and coaching, transition support programs, library workshops for unemployed patrons, GED programs, and as take-home handoutsCreating an Employment Search Strategy on Perforated Panel
  • Free YES Administrator’s Guide available in PDF upon YES purchase; helps administrators get the most out of using YES with job seekers

DEVELOPMENT

  • Created with input from workforce development/career professionals and job seekers
  • Research based
  • Created and printed in the USA by Career Action Resources

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

Read YES testimonials.

Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP).

Pricing and ordering information.


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It takes effort to conduct a successful job search. If your job seekers jump into a job hunt without planning, it may take longer than expected to get hired. Here are 10 blunders to watch for, according to Career Action Resources, LLC:

  1. Not knowing their skills and what they want to do. If job seekers don't know what they are qualified for, have them pinpoint their skills and focus their search. Use MyNextMove from the U.S. Department of Labor.
  2. Procrastinating. A job search may take longer than most people realize, so they should get started right away. 
  3. Being disorganized. How will job seekers track jobs they've applied for? How will they know when to follow up with employers? Encourage the unemployed to use a calendar or other tool to plan job search activities.
  4. Making errors. Remind job hunters to proofread their submissions.When Job Searching Drags On--How to Help Unemployed [Career Action Blog].png
  5. Applying for everything. Suggest to job seekers that they don’t apply for every opportunity. They won’t make it past applicant tracking systems that search for qualifications. 
  6. Using the same resume and cover letter for every opening. If your job seekers want to get job interviews, they need to make it easy for employers to see how their qualifications fit an opening. Suggest they tailor correspondence to match the job ad and employer needs.
  7. Not researching employers. By learning about employers and their needs, job seekers can more effectively prove they are right for a job. For example, if Company X is expanding a call center, they will realize the business will need candidates with solid customer service experience. 
  8. Not contacting employers directly. Job seekers don’t have to wait for a job to be advertised. If they like a certain company, they can express their interest.  ‚Äč
  9. Winging it in job interviews. Job hunters should prepare for interviews. They should be ready to answer common questions.
  10. Forgetting to follow up. Job seekers should thank the interviewer and send a thank you. Then they should follow up and restate their interest.

Need help guiding job seekers in effective job searching? Career and workforce development professionals: Request a complimentary review sample of Your Employment Search (YES). YES assesses job search strengths and barriers, opens a person's eyes to the best methods for getting hired, and leads to a personal employment search strategy tailored to individual goals.

 


 

Have you checked out the redesigned WorkforceGPS? It’s the online technical assistance website from the U.S. Department of Labor created just for workforce development professionals. The site’s purpose is to help build the capacity of America's public workforce investment system through useful tools and research—all in one place.

workforcegpsThe first thing you’ll notice on WorkforceGPS.org is that it looks better than ever, and the navigation is more intuitive.

But the new WorkforceGPS.org received more than just a makeover. The changes made are all based on feedback from users.

These changes include the following, according to the site:

  • Simplified interface
  • Easier log in
  • Improved and streamlined search function that allows you to sort results by title, relevance, newness, or popularity, and you can customize other search criteria
  • Easier way to navigate, search, and find peers in the Member Directory

Learn more and watch a brief overview video.

 

Looking for ways to improve outcomes for job hunters and employers? Be sure to investigate a central online tool for workforce professionals from the U.S. Department of Labor. Called Workforce System Strategies (WSS), the resource offers more than 1,000 evidence-based research and emerging practice reports.

The WSS database covers job search assistance, employer engagement, partnerships, case management, and many other workforce development issues. The research describes methodology, major findings, and recommendations. Learn more at Workforce System Strategies: Your Home for Evidence-Based Research and Emerging Practices.

Did You Know? In a "high causal evidence" study cited by the U.S. Department of Labor, only one reemployment tool—Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)—is described. LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC.