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

 

Order Your Employment Search (YES) - Job Search Planning & Effectiveness

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.


Career Action Blog

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new effort to reduce improper Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments across the nation.

ui map

"Providing states with resources to recognize and combat improper Unemployment Insurance payments is a critical piece of our federal-state partnership," U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said, according to a USDOL news release. "I have contacted governors across the nation and asked them to recommit to lowering the UI improper payment rate in their state. The Department stands ready to help states with high level of improper payments by providing targeted assistance."

In addition, the USDOL has published a redesigned "Unemployment Insurance Payment Accuracy by State" webpage that show each state's improper UI payment rate. The page offers information on each state's root causes of improper payments and other data.

Need help guiding UI claimants and the unemployed to employment? Workforce development professionals: Request a complimentary review sample of Your Employment Search (YES).

 

How do your job seekers find job openings? If they are searching the big online job sites only, they may be leaving many job possibilities on the table. It is important for job hunters to let people know they are job searching, to ask for job leads, and to look for opportunities beyond traditional job search channels.

Job seekers may find job leads and openings through the following:tips.jpg

  1. Local American Job Center
  2. Employers of interest, even if no jobs are advertised
  3. Companies running numerous help-wanted ads (they’re hiring)
  4. Family, friends, and neighbors
  5. Alumni association and career services at their school or college
  6. Professional groups and events
  7. Colleagues and former co-workers 
  8. Past classmates and teachers 
  9. Hobbies, clubs, and sports
  10. People at their place of worship 
  11. People they know through their children and their spouse/significant other
  12. People with whom they do volunteer work and community service 
  13. People who provide services, such as their dentist, accountant, and insurance agent
  14. People they've helped in the past 
  15. Recruiters and employment agencies 
  16. Job fairs and hiring events
  17. News articles about growing companies
  18. Business journals and specialty publications and job sites for their field and related industries 
  19. LinkedIn and other social media
  20. Freelancing, part-time work, and consulting work

The more doors your job seekers knock on, the more likely it is they will find a job soon. 

Need help guiding job hunters to employment or reemployment? Workforce development professionals: Request a complimentary review sample of Your Employment Search (YES).
 

Are your job seekers limiting their prospects? For example, are they looking at just one job title? If so, they may be missing out on the best possibilities.
 
Consider sharing with your job hunters these 3 ways to expand a job search to get hired faster in a position that’s best for them:

 

  1. Expand your job title based on your skills. List all the titles that your desired job can be called. For example, a marketing manager may be called a brand manager, communications coordinator, or promotions specialist. Online job sites will bring up similar job titles in a search. Don’t ignore the job titles that look like a poor match at first glance; read the job ad and consider whether your background matches the role. Also important are transferable skills—those skills that easily transfer from one occupation to another, such as computer skills and interpersonal skills.
  2. Expand your target employer list. Although you may want to work for a certain employer, broaden your hunt to include all organizations that need your skills. 
  3. Expand your job search approach. Don’t let online job hunting be your sole search method. Direct human contact is still the best way to get hired. Also reach out to employers, even if you don’t see advertised job openings. 

Taking Your Employment Search (YES).pngWant to give your job seekers more job search guidance, tailored to their needs? Consider using Your Employment Search (YES), published by Career Action Resources, LLC. YES measures and teaches productive job-seeking skills in 5 key areas to immediately boost the job search.

Workforce development professionas: Request a complimentary YES review sample now.