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.


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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.
 

 

As the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) marks its 70th birthday in 2019, the Editors at Career Action Resources have assembled this brief look back at its origins and history using information from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website.

OOH 2006-2007
The cover of the 2006-07 OOH, as published by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The first version of the handbook, called “Occupational Outlook Information,” was issued in August 1946. It was prepared at the request and under the financial support of the Veterans Administration to make information available to returning World War II veterans about the need for general education and for trained personnel in various occupations. 

In answer to many requests, an Occupational Outlook Handbook was then published in spring 1949 and sold to the public. Subsequent editions of the Handbook were published in 1951, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, and biennially in even-numbered years starting in 1966. 

The BLS assembled and wrote the OOH, which became a very big book and a nationally recognized, respected source of career information. With each edition, the BLS updated the 10-year employment projections for hundreds of occupations and made many updates and changes to the in-depth occupational descriptions, plus added new jobs, as the economy changed.

For 2010-11, the BLS published the final OOH print edition. At that point, the OOH went solely online, although some publishers continued to offer printed versions for sale to bookstores, workforce programs, libraries, schools, and other customers.

To this day, the OOH continues to provide comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable labor market information and descriptions for our economy’s jobs, always with an eye toward the future. It gives essential facts and figures about prospective changes in the world of work and the skills and qualifications that will be needed by tomorrow’s workforce. The OOH has helped millions of Americans plan their education and work lives.

Happy 70th Birthday, OOH!


 

 

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).