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One of the interesting responses that I received after this training was from someone who said… “Still unclear what this means… work first? Employment first needs to be clarified and emphasized.” The title was Cultivating a Work First Attitude for Direct Support Professionals… my opening statement was, this is dedicated to improving the employment first “mind-set” for those who are direct support professionals. I guess to clarify this even further is to ask the person to review the information from the last post and make a few specific comments here.
Employment First starts with the idea that “everyone is employable.” Everyone deserves an opportunity to make money doing something they enjoy and have an ability to accomplish. It also begins with the assumption that the Sate of Maryland and the Federal Government wants to have those who are enrolled in supports to truly make employment a priority in the “Individualized Plan” for every Individual receiving supports. It’s the first step and not a last thought. I hope that helps… As I read other statements I came across this statement for the question, “What was most useful..” The brain storming and job development activity and the I have, I can, I am process and it’s use. This is one of the most overlooked systems regarding discovery. If a person can truly get the attention of the decision maker and get the interest in a few seconds this is usually going to lead to a possible job interview and the rest as they say is history so let me break this own for you…
I have: When you identify three specific skills that the person has in a particular field write it as an “I have statement.”
Example: “I have three years experience researching information on the Internet.”
The next step is to identify the skills associated with the I have statement. If the person can research using Google Ad-words, Identify long tail keywords and locate key images and media to use for a variety of topics… it needs to be highlighted in the conversation. It will be used an an “I can” statement.
Example: “I can research information using Google Ad-words, identity Long-tail keywords and locate key marketing images and media for a variety of topics.”
And finally the person needs to highlight three key factors associated with supporting the skills already identified as person success statements in the “I am” statements.By supporting the information above the person can now paint the picture that they are ready for the job and the interviewer would be foolish to by pass them with all of this experience. the chances of anyone using this in the proper way is nearly 1 in 100 or even more. Most job developers and job seekers are still doing things the old way… watching and hoping for a chance and volunteering first instead of asking for the job right up front. If you believe in the Individual you support and really think he or she can do the job… go for it! The “I am” statement should read like this… it’s a script to be used over the phone and in person. “I am, detailed oriented, I work well on my own or with my personal success coach and I enjoy seeing a task though until completion.” Continue with… I am ready to work and I’d love to meet with you to see exactly how I can use my talents, skills and abilities with your organization or company. Would meeting you today at 1 pm be good or meeting you tomorrow at 10:30 am be better? Then wait for a response..
Do it today… practice it with a co-worker and let me know how it worked out. It works if you work it!