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FAQ



What Is A Placement Specialist? What Is An Employment Specialist? What Do They Do?
Your Placement Specialist will set up an intake meeting with you to help you discuss your job goals, skills, and other information relevant to your job search. Placement Specialists search for jobs that would be a good fit for your background and skills and assist you with interview skills, resume-building, and can transport you to interviews if you do not have your own transportation. After securing a job, you will meet your Employment Specialist (“job coach”), whom you will maintain regular contact with once you begin work. Your Employment Specialist will attend work orientations, help to implement any accommodations you may need on the job, as well as provide work-related advice throughout the coaching period.

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What Kind Of Job Can I Get?
ENABLE will assist you to find a job that matches your interests, skills and experiences. We utilize a team- based approach specific to the individual; we are not a staffing agency . Although many of the people we assist are looking for entry-level jobs, we have been successful in finding jobs for people with a wide variety of skills. It is our aim to help you find a job that fits your career plan or gets you started on the road to your desired career. For people who will be receiving long-term supported employment services, we will help you progress in your career by helping you seek more responsible or higher paid positions as you develop your skills.

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How Long Will It take To Get A Job?
Many factors affect the amount of time it takes to become employed. On average, we find it takes at least three months to secure a job that is a good match for the interests and needs of a particular candidate. Your Placement Specialist will contact you regularly to discuss the progress of the job search or to talk to you about a specific job opportunity.

You can help speed up the process by returning phone calls promptly, being flexible about job opportunities, and being available when your Placement Specialist calls you for an interview appointment.

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What Will Happen To My Benefits? Depending on how much you earn and the type of benefit you receive, you may get some reduction in your cash benefit. Many people will continue to receive some cash benefit while working and by adding a paycheck they have more available monthly income. Before accepting a job opportunity, your Placement Specialist will help you estimate the possible change in your cash benefit so that you can make an informed decision about working while receiving Social Security benefits. Additional information is available at: http://www.ssa.gov/disability/

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How Much Time Will I Spend With My Placement Specialist?
When you meet with your Placement Specialist for an intake meeting, you and your Placement Specialist will discuss the best communication plan depending on your individual needs and the resources available to you. Your communication plan can include a combination of in-person meetings, phone calls, and possibly e-mails or text messages. Generally, it is recommended that you keep in touch with your Placement Specialist at least once a week. This will be an opportunity to notify your Placement Specialist of any job openings in which you’re interested and any contact (calls to interview, offers for a position, etc.) from an employer that you have received.

Your Placement Specialist can be reached Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm and will return a missed call within 24 hours. You are also expected to return calls from your Placement Specialist promptly.

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Are You A Staffing Agency?
The services that we provide differ from those of a staffing agency in several ways. When you are referred to ENABLE, you will embark upon a customized job search. This means that, rather than working from the prospective of employers and delivering an employee to a posted job, we work from the prospective of the job seeker and his/her needs to find the right job match. Unlike a staffing agency, ENABLE provides support both during the job search and after an employee has started work in order to assist employees in maintaining long-term employment. Moreover, ENABLE staff is familiar with the needs of individuals with disabilities and the accommodations that may need to be put in place when an individual begins work.

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What Kind Of Jobs Do You Have? What Companies Are You Affiliated With?
Although ENABLE may have built a relationship with some employers in your area, all job searches are tailored to an individual’s interests, abilities, and needs. After completing your intake meeting, your individualized job search will begin. During your intake you will discuss your vocational interests, financial needs, transportation, and availability with your Placement Specialist, who will then help you seek a job that fits your individual circumstances. To make the right job match for you, your Placement Specialist may be contacting companies that have not previously employed an ENABLE job seeker.

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If I Don’t Like, Or Lose, My Job, Can You Get Me A New One?
If you are experiencing any difficulties with your job, they should first be discussed with your Employment Specialist, who can help you resolve most issues. In the event of job loss, whether or not ENABLE can assist you in another job search depends on the circumstances of the job loss and is at the discretion of the referring agency.

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What Is “Supported Employment”?
Supported employment is a term used to describe a system of support for employees with disabilities. Supported employment provides assistance such as job coaching, job development, job retention, travel instruction, assistive technology, specialized job training, and individually tailored supervision. Supported Employment refers to both the development of employment opportunities and on-going support for individuals to maintain employment.

You have the choice of two types of job coaching: on-site, and off-site. During on-site coaching, your job coach will travel directly to your job site and assist you hands-on with learning work tasks. During off-site coaching, your coach will not visit you on your job site, and; you will instead maintain regular phone and face-to-face contact with your coach to discuss, and resolve, and any work-related issues you may be having.

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Am I Required To Participate In Job Coaching?
Job coaching is not mandatory, but highly recommended for all potential employees who are referred to ENABLE. ENABLE is an agency that you were referred to because you would benefit from assistance in finding - and maintaining - employment.

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Am I Required To Disclose My Disability To A Potential Employer In Order To Receive Services?
You are not required to disclose your disability to a potential employer in order to receive services. We will not share disability information with an employer without your permission. However, you should be aware that ENABLE is known as an organization that helps people with disabilities to find and maintain employment. As we interact with an employer on your behalf during your job search or employment, it may be inferred that you have a disability. You should make your Placement Specialist aware of your disclosure decision during your intake meeting if you do not want us to disclose that you have a disability to potential employers.

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