Welcome To the Job Development Exchange

The Job Development Exchange (JDX) provides Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRCs) and Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) with information and tools to successfully engage employers and address a wide range of barriers to employment. It offers timely resources via multimedia platforms and taps into the rich expertise of colleagues, businesses, jobseekers and national authorities to achieve employment goals.

This year’s JDX Professional Learning Experience Packages will focus on the following topics:

  1. Addressing Employer Misperceptions (Real or Perceived)
  2. Getting Past the Gatekeeper to Reach the Decision Maker
  3. Making the Job Match:  Strategies to Address Employers “Multi-Tasking”
  4. How to Position Your Job Development Services in the Labor Market – Part I
  5. How to Position Your Job Development Services in the Labor Market – Part II
  6. Managing Stress and Feelings of Isolation Related to Job Development

Featured Webinars

Managing Stress and Feelings of Isolation Related to Job Development

August 28, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET
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Presented by:

William Sandonato
Employment Consultant, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Senior Vice President, Program Development for ServiceSources

Description:
In the world of vocational rehabilitation, accomplishment is measured by the number of persons with disabilities who are successful at obtaining and maintaining employment. The lynchpin in that process is the job developer who has the task of finding an opportunity that matches the needs of an employer with the capabilities and desires of a person seeking employment. In theory, what position in the rehabilitation process could be more rewarding? Yet, the tenure for individuals employed as job developers tends to be short. This webinar will explore the reasons why job developers leave those positions and techniques to manage and control those factors to improve the ability to retain employees in these key positions. The presentation and opportunity for dialogue will address survey findings, identification of key issues and tips to overcome the stress and isolation associated with these efforts, thus increasing productivity and results.

  • Learn the best way to reach the person with the power to hire
  • Put learnings into practice with the support of user-ready resources to establish and grow relationships with decision makers
  • Access a JDX listserv to network with job developers in the Southeast and engage in dialogue with a national expert for guidance on this topic

The Four Steps to an Employer Relationship

July 15, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET
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Presented by:
Bill Santos 
President/Partner of Employment Management Professionals

Description:
The Southeast TACE is expanding its Job Development Exchange (JDX) in response to needs identified by job developers. The JDX will strengthen job developers’ capacity to maximize employment opportunities for individuals with the most significant disabilities.
This webinar participants will learn more about the four steps to creating and sustaining an employer relationship. In depth details will be provided about 1) Prospecting, 2) Needs Analysis, 3) Selling, and 4) Follow up with the employer

How to Position Your Job Development Services in the Labor Market - Part 2

June 19, 2014 More Information and Archive >>
Presented by:
Dale Verstegen, Senior Research Associate, TransCen
Amy Dwyre, Senior Associate at TransCen, Inc.

Description:
This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to share the marketing strategies that they have developed to better position their organization's employment services in their local labor market.   Based on the completed marketing tools (worksheets) and strategies that are shared in the time between the two webinars (through the JDX listserv), specific participants will be asked to share their experiences in marketing their employment services.  Participants will be able to compare and contrast their marketing strategies with the marketing efforts of other webinar participants.   Participants will be encouraged to provide input and feedback that will better define the benefits of their employment programs.

How to Position Your Job Development Services in the Labor Market - Part 1

May 8, 2014  More Information and Archive >>
Presented by:
Dale Verstegen, and Amy Dwyre, TransCen, Inc.

Resources and Tools from How to Position Your Employment Services

User-Ready Resources

Building A Job Development Strategy
What you need to know about employers
English/Spanish Resources
Rehab to Business Language
10 Tips to Address (and prevent) Employer Misperceptions

Interactive Toolkit

The Online Toolkit for Job Placement and Employment Professionals is an interactive resource covering a variety of topics related to successful employment for people with disabilities.