7 Steps to a Great Job!

A Career Development and Employment Training Program for Organizations Serving Youth, ages 16 to 22.

If your organization serves youth, you may be faced with some of the following challenges:

  • With limited staff resources, you may find it difficult to find innovative ways to meet the complex needs of your clients.

  • The number of clients you serve may be increasing while resources are declining.

  • Your staff may feel that they do not have the tools, training, or education to effectively support your clients in getting a great job, a key to self-sufficiency.

  • You or your staff may find yourselves repeating the same information over and over to each client individually.

  • Someone on your team may be spending time at work researching job search information and trying to piece together handouts to help your clients.

  • Without effective tools and techniques, your staff may create a negative, demotivating environment for your clients, rather than being a positive force for change.

Many organizations which serve youth recognize the critical role which employment plays in building self-sufficiency. Whether focused on prevention or intervention, organizations providing supportive services to address homelessness, substance abuse, aging out of foster care, or other social service issues, need to also prepare youth for employment.       

The "7 Steps to a Great Job!" program is designed to provide youth and young adults with the skills to explore career options, find a job that is aligned with their interests and skills, and be a great employee on the job.  By incorporating state-of-the-art technology tools, including a secret Facebook Job Club, YouTube teen/young adult success stories, and pre/post interview video coaching, participants are actively engaged in learning career development skills that will serve them throughout their adult lives.   

 

The "7 Steps to a Great Job!" will provide your staff with the tools to implement a comprehensive, step-by-step training program to teach youth the strategies to build a short and long-term career plan and get a great job. In addition to providing a consistent, proven, high quality program for your clients, the productivity of your staff will increase dramatically for two reasons:

  • They can serve more clients at one time by offering workshops in a group setting.

  • Their time spent working with clients one-on-one will be more productive since the youth will be more prepared to explore their job search or education and training options when meeting with staff individually.  


Turn-Key Solution for Your Staff:

 

The "7 Steps to a Great Job!" program is a cost-effective, turn-key curriculum which your staff can use to teach your clients how to get a job or an internship.  This program is designed to support your staff in delivering a workshop series, totalling 15 to 20 hours of programming time, which can be delivered as 1.5 to 2 hour modules, 5 half-day sessions, or a 3-day program. It can be offered to small or large groups, depending upon available space.  

 

Benefits to your Organization:

  • Provide effective career development tools for your staff to use, regardless of their previous education or experience in implementing employment training for clients.   

  • Support more clients with existing staff resources and increase staff productivity by working with clients in a group setting, thereby reducing repetitive one-on-one conversations. 

  • Deliver consistent service quality.
     

Benefits to your Clients:

  • Provide a consistent, high quality, career development program with effective tools designed to support all youth in preparing for a job or an internship.

  • Enhance job search success and client self-sufficiency.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Implement techniques to cultivate a positive attitude about life and career possibilities.

  • Develop job and career goals.

  • Research employment and occupation trends.

  • Explore education, experience, and training requirements for various careers.

  • Create a great resume.

  • Implement an effective job search.

  • Interview effectively to land the job.

  • Retain the job by being a great employee.​

Give your staff the tools they need to effectively support your clients in getting a great job quickly!

The program includes:

  • A Trainer/Facilitator Kit:

    • Step-by-step instructions for your staff to facilitate each workshop session.

    • PowerPoint slides to support each workshop session.

  • A Train-the-Trainer webinar-based coaching session to support your staff in using the curriculum successfully with your clients.

  • Participant Workbooks (purchased for your clients on an "as needed" basis)

The Program:

The "7 Steps to a Great Job!" program provides your clients with an easy to follow, step-by-step approach to begin their career exploration process and implement effective strategies to land a job or internship opportunity.  

 

The program incorporates the latest research on happiness and success, quotes by youth, YouTube.com video clips of role models, fun and interactive experiential exercises, a "secret" online Facebook Job Club, and the use of effective online technology tools. 

 

The 7-part workshop series includes the following:
 

  • Step 1: Have a Positive Attitude 
    This session helps youth identify their uniqueness and includes the latest research on happiness and success.  This step provides the opportunity for clients to recognize how their perspective or attitude can negatively or positively impact the results of their job search and employment efforts.
     

  • Step 2:  Develop Your Job & Career Goals
    In Step 2, participants build a short and long-term career plan based upon an assessment of their skills, interests, and uniqueness.
     

  • Step 3:  Research Job & Career Trends
    Step 3 provides a step-by-step guide to explore onilne websites which provide current information on employment trends, occupational requirements, and opportunities for training and education to enhance their skills.  In addition, they can learn about tuition assistance and grant funded programs.
     

  • Step 4:  Creating a Great Resume!
    Participants learn the guidelines to consider when developing resumes and cover letters targeted to the type of job they want, which they have identified in Steps 2 and 3 of the program. In addition, they learn tips for getting their resume into the "Yes" pile for an interview.
     

  • Step 5:  Prepare for the Job Search.
    Participants learn how to cultivate their uniqueness, capitalizing on their education, skills, and interests to target opportunities in the job market. They learn how to use the internet and effective networking strategies to research and explore the "hidden job market."
     

  • Step 6:  Interview Effectively to Land the Job!
    In Step 6, participants practice using effective strategies to successfully promote their accomplishments and answer difficult interview questions.
     

  • Step 7:  Be a Great Employee!
    Participants use role playing scenarios to prepare for typical situations which may occur so that they can be a great employee once they are "on the job".    

The program includes:

  • A Trainer/Facilitator Kit:

    • Step-by-step instructions for your staff to facilitate each workshop session.

    • PowerPoint slides to support each workshop session.

  • A Train-the-Trainer webinar-based coaching session to support your staff in using the curriculum successfully with your clients.

  • Participant Workbooks (purchased for your clients on an "as needed" basis).

Give your staff the tools they need to effectively support your clients in getting a great job quickly!

Success Stories:

Ozone House, a teen homelessness prevention program, prepares youth for jobs and paid internships using "7 Steps to a Great Job" as the curricuilum for their Work Zone program.  Offered three times per year with 20 youth per session, the Ozone House Counselors/Case Managers have created a strong network of local businesses and organizations who partner with them to provide grant-funded paid internships and employment experiences to youth, ages 16 to 22.  "7 Steps to a Great Job" is offered as an after-school program, 2 hours/day for 10 days, at their Drop In Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Mentors provide resume writing assistance and interview practice to support the implementation of the curriculum.  

The Iowa Works employment training programs for two regional areas of Iowa are using the "7 Steps to a Great Job" with their youth customers, ages 16 to 22.  Integrating this program into their job training, Job Corps, and education assistance programs, participants gain the skills necessary to clarify their career goals, design a short and long-term career transition plan, evaluate education and retraining options, research the job market, identify potential opportunities, and land a great job! 

Purchase the Program and Become a Certified Organization:

Give your staff the tools they need to effectively support your clients in getting a great job quickly!

The "7 Steps to a Great Job!" program offers non-profit organizations the opportunity to provide a high quality, effective program to their clients, while increasing staff productivity, and reducing the cost of service delivery.

 

By purchasing a Trainer/Facilitator Kit and having your staff attend the Train-the-Trainer Coaching Session, your organization will be designated a "Certified Non-Profit Organization" and will have the right to purchase Participant Workbooks on an ongoing, "as needed" basis, and will not be charged for sales tax. "Certified Non-Profit Organizations" are required to submit a copy of their current tax-exempt certificate. 

 

Trainer/Facilitator Kit:

Each organization is welcome to purchase one (1) Trainer/Facilitator Kit for their organization, which can be shared among the staff.  The Trainer/Facilitator Kit includes:

  • A 200-page, full-color, bound Trainer/Facilitator Guide with instructions on how to deliver each step of the program.  This Guide is copyright protected and is not to be reproduced.  

  • A USB drive with a full-color PowerPoint slide show in .pps format, which is copyright protected and can not be reproduced.

  • A full-color set of thumbnail images of each slide with space for speaker notes, which can be reproduced by the purchasing organization so that each staff member can make their own trainer/facilitator notes.

  • A program evaluation form, which may be reproduced by the purchasing organization so that participants can provide feedback on each segment of the program.
     

Train the Trainer Coaching Session for your staff:

In addition to the comprehensive Trainer/Facilitator Kit, the package also includes a six-hour, online, webinar-based, Train the Trainer coaching session for your staff with Susan McGraw, the founder of Career Success for Women & Youth, and the author of the "7 Steps to a Great Job!" program.  This webinar program will provide your staff with a variety of training tips and techniques, along with all of the support they will need to feel 100% confident in delivering this program to your clients.  Using an online, webinar system, your staff does not even need to leave your office or their home to actively engage in this training.   Staff can work from their own computer or you can set up a computer attached to a projector and screen in a conference room at your office and the team can attend as a group.  The program can be delivered in 3 two-hour segments, 2 three-hour segments, or a full-day format.

 

All of the components of the "7 Steps to a Great Job!" Trainer/Facilitator Kit and Train the Trainer Coaching Session for your staff. are available to non-profit organizations for a one-time fee of $1999, plus shipping and handling.  

 

Participant Workbooks:

A "Certified Non-Profit Organization" is eligible to order copies of the Participant Workbooks as an "as needed" basis.  Participant Workbooks are priced at $15.00 for each Participant Workbook, plus shipping and handling.

 

 

 

© Susan McGraw, 2014

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