How do I find a Job? What Resources are Available?
The State of Oregon's Employment First initiative promotes the belief that all working age adults are able to work in fully integrated, community based employment settings; their positions should be based on their talents, skills, and interests; and they deserve to earn a livable wage.
In 2008, Oregon was one of the first states to formally adopt this employment first philosophy into policy. Oregon’s Department of Human Services has created a website dedicated to their philosophy and policy, providing a wealth of resources, explanation of services, as well as sharing stories of people’s experiences and successes in getting jobs. You can find more information at Oregon's Employment First website.
Employment has many benefits including, but not limited to:
Earning a living wage
Being an active and contributing member of the community
Working as part of a team
Developing meaningful relationships with co-workers and employers
Pursuing the lifestyle you desire
Your PA's role in your search for a job is to assist you with:
Navigating systems, such as:
Department of Education
Accessing services available to you
Advocating on your behalf
Assisting in communication and coordination between everyone involved in the job search
Making sure you are getting the support you need to be successful in a job you enjoy
Your Personal Agent does not provide direct supports, such as:
Filling out application
Preparing for interviews
Finding job openings
Job carving to meet your needs, skills, or interests
Services your PA can assist you in accessing to address direct supports include, but are not limited to:
Discovery and career exploration
Community work experience
Publicly funded employment support professionals your PA can assist you in accessing and coordinating with include, but are not limited to:
Vocational rehabilitation counselor
Employment specialist or job developer
Transition program coordinator or teacher
To help you with the job search process, your PA may ask you some questions to help determine the services most appropriate in starting your unique path to employment:
Why are you interested in working? What in particular is motivating you to find a job?
What are your interests, skills, talents?
What kind of experience do you have in your areas of interests or skills? (This could be recreational, volunteer, or paid work experience.)
How far away are you willing and able to commute to a job?
How many hours per day/week would you like to work?
What part of the day would you prefer and be able to work?
Are there any concerns, barriers, or fears about working?
PA's are able to support individuals in accessing resources and services to address concerns, fears, and barriers related to employment. common examples include, but are not limited to:
Transportation to a job
Training in public transportation travel is available through RideWise
Possible funding for bus passes or cab services
The effect of earned income on benefits
Visit the Employment Outcomes System (EOS) website to view employment service data published by the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS). Filter data by county.
Learn more about benefits planning and work incentives.