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Keeping a Job

Keeping a Job
Accepting a Job Offer
Applying for a Job
Disclosing a Disability/Requesting Accommodations
Job Searching - Job Developing
Benefits Planning for Employment
Keeping a Job
Employing Youth with Significant Disabilities
Supporting Youth on the Job
Resources Related to the Employment of People with Disabilities

Keeping a Job

This section contains information for students, families, and educators on job retention and career advancement. 

NEW! Services and Supports People with Disabilities Need to Stay Employed
This new report by Denny-Brown, N., O’Day, B. & McLeod, S. (2013, May 30). Washingon, DC: Mathematica Policy Research is based on interviews with 15 people with disabilities who made at least $28,000. Findings indicated that they used creative strategies and approaches to find employment and access adaptive equipment. The majority of respondents needed some kind of accommodation on the job with the most common being staff support. Other findings included wide variation in out-of-pocket expenses for personal health and employment supports.  

Technical Assistance Paper:  Non-Paid Community-Based Vocational Educational (CBVE) Programs 
Contains a form for evaluating 22 work maturity skills which are directly related to job retention and advancement.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills 
Composed of some of the biggest names in American industry and education, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has identified the skills, knowledge and expertise students should master to succeed in work and life in the 21st century.  The essential life and career skills they have identified are flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, social and cross cultural skills, productivity and accountability, and leadership and responsibility.

Soft Skills:  The Competitive Edge 
Web page identifies six competencies that are keys to success for younger workers with disabilities:  networking, enthusiasm, professionalism, communication skills, teamwork, and problem solving and critical thinking.

Factors that Influence Employer Decisions in Hiring and Retaining an Employee with a Disability 
Journal article with findings of an employer survey that appears to indicate that employers rate work performance higher than disability issues or social responsibility in hiring and retaining employees with disabilities.

Workforce Retention, Absence and Disability Management: Summary of Disability Management Employer Coalition/Virginia Commonwealth University Survey
Paper summarizing findings from a survey of 95 progressive employers found that factors rated most highly for employee retention were employee awareness of benefits and services, fair compensation, compelling organizational mission, credible managers, equitable and respectful treatment of employees, and employees engaged with the organization and their jobs.

Career Advancement in Tough Times
Article discusses the dos and don’ts of becoming an indispensable employee during difficult economic periods.     

Career Advancement
Web page discusses workplace issues that can make or break a career including mentors, use of cell phones at work, office politics, after-work behavior, performance reviews, and handling job stress.

Job Seeker Survival Guide 
Survival Tactic #5: Keeping the Job includes attendance, dependability, responsibility, attitude, mentors, and career development.

Creative Job Search 
On-line guide with a wealth of information including Job Success Skills for keeping a job.  



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