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Competitive Job-Finding Guide for Persons with Handicaps.

This is an excellent textbook for students and resource for vocational counselors in the field of rehabilitation. This book presents useful job placement information for clients requiring job placement services. There is also a section describing specific placement needs for special client groups such as those with learning disabilities, orthopedic disabilities, visual and hearing disabilities, and disabilities of mental retardation.

A variety of placement strategies are presented in the context of diverse theoretical counseling orientations - trait/factor, cognitive, behavioral and learning, and systems theory - along with correlating techniques and tools specific to each orientation. Employment skill levels are differentiated and major industries specific for certain types of occupations are identified; this improves the client's access to employment opportunities by expanding the scope of industries considered relevant to the job search. All this information is useful for helping clients sort through the vast quantity of information on employment opportunities and focus on those most appropriate for their particular abilities and skills.

The book emphasizes client involvement in job selection and placement. A number of forms specifically designed for client use are provided. For example, the Assessment of Client Work Readiness form examines the client's ability, desire, availability, and adaptability to work. The authors provide a model for aiding the client seeking employment through the use of job analysis and accommodations, job restructuring, and worksite modifications. In addition to the usual information contained in a job analysis relating to physical capacities, requirements, and job tasks, this model also examines the client's personal characteristics which, together with the information noted above, help determine whether the client's skills, abilities, and personality match the selected job. Thus, counselors are able to help clients develop a realistic understanding of their actual job potential based on their capacities for fulfilling the requirements of specific job categories.

Tips are provided for clients on how to find job openings, how to communicate effectively in writing or do effective job interviews, and how to sell a potential employer on one's personal skills and abilities. Client adjustment problems in returning or beginning work are identified. A chapter on the various agencies and community resources available to clients seeking employment concludes the book, along with a short section on "supported employment." Finally, particularly helpful for students and new job placement counselors is the section on potential employment barriers which are usefully cross-referenced to employment strategies specifically designed to alleviate those barriers.
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Author:LaForge, Jan
Publication:The Journal of Rehabilitation
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Apr 1, 1992
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