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9.12.1 Job placement preparation

An important part of the rehabilitation process is to prepare the client for the job search process.  This may include supporting the client in a work trial for a reasonable length of time in order to gain experience and confidence in attempting re-entry to the workforce or in a new field of employment.

The use of a specialist job placement agency may be considered to help the client secure paid employment. However, prior to undertaking either a work trial or approaching an employment agency it is important that a client has:

  • developed a professional standard resume;
  • learnt to tailor their job applications to the requirements of a particular job;
  • developed interview skills;
  • been prepared for discussion and disclosure about their disability, where this issue may arise;
  • developed employer networking;
  • attempted cold canvassing for employment opportunities;
  • applied for advertised vacancies.