Customized Planning: Creating a Blueprint for Job Development
From Customized Employment: Applying Practical Solutions for Employment Success
Customized Employment is based on an individualized determination of a person's strengths, requirements, and interests. As such, the process requires time for exploration and planning prior to negotiating an employment relationship. Through a process of exploration, job seekers express their dreams, goals, personal preferences, life experiences, and needs. The next step is a customized planning process, resulting in an individualized career profile that:
Customized Employment planning is distinct from many other planning approaches in that the issue of job development is discussed and detailed within the plan, rather than being handled simply through the relationships and contacts of a job developer. Information used during plan development is based on the information discovered by and with the applicant.
Features of Customized Planning:
A Customized Blueprint for Employment
The Customized Employment plan results in a document that serves as a blueprint for the job search. It must:
This information can be presented to prospective employers as a proposal or portfolio of the job seeker�s accomplishments and interests. It can also be included in the applicant�s resume.
Customized Planning and Job Site Supports
One principle of Customized Employment is making employment supports available that are developed from the customized planning process and noted in the blueprint. Employment supports help the job seeker prepare for, get to, and be successful at work. The type of supports and the methods used to provide supports will be unique to each Customized Employment position and business.
When designing support strategies for Customized Employment, it is important to consider the following strategies:
Customized Employment Success Story
During the planning process, Maria stated her dream of working in the theater. Her personal representative found a theater company that hired expensive temporary personnel to meet seasonal work fluctuations. The personal representative negotiated the creation of an administrative clerk job that would float between departments, ending the need to hire temporary staff. This saved money for the company and gave the job seeker the opportunity to work in her area of interest.