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Supporting employment consultants in their work with job seekers. A longitudinal study
ThinkWork! Publications
  • Alberto Migliore, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • John Butterworth, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Oliver Lyons, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Kelly Nye-Lengerman, University of Minnesota, Institute for Community Integration
  • Paul Foos, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston
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  • Employment,
  • job seekers,
  • intellectual disabilities,
  • work,
  • support professionals,
  • knowledge translation,
  • ThinkWork

BACKGROUND: A key step for increasing the employment outcomes of job seekers with disabilities includes ensuring that employment consultants who assist them have the tools to succeed, including feedback about how they are performing. OBJECTIVE: Supporting employment consultants in their work with job seekers by providing feedback about the implementation of the support strategies recommended in the literature. METHODS: Sixty-one employment consultants completed a daily survey for one year, on their smartphones. RESULTS: Providing supports that lead to hire represented 30% of the employment consultants’ work time. When providing supports that lead to hire, most of the primary interactions were with job seekers (69%), followed by business personnel (12%), and families or acquaintances (3%). Secondary interactions represented another 17% of time with business personnel and 8% with families or acquaintances. The largest share of supports leading to hire were provided in the offices of the employment consultants (41%). CONCLUSION: Employment consultants should be supported in investing a larger share of time in supports that lead to hire, increasing involvement of family members and business personnel, and providing supports in typical community settings rather than in their offices.

Community Engaged/Serving
No, this is not community-engaged.
Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, IOS Press
Citation Information
Migliore, A., Butterworth, J., Lyons, O., Nye-Lengerman, K., & Foos, P. (2018). Supporting employment consultants in their work with job seekers: A longitudinal study. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 49(3), 273-286. The final publication is made available at IOS Press through