This was a job that required a very thick skin.
Job Placement Specialist (Former Employee) – Gladwin, MI – November 17, 2014
Most of the time I enjoyed the work as a Placement Specialist. But there were many things about this job, and this Organization in Particular that were unbearable. I primarily worked at finding jobs for Welfare Recipients. The Work First Program had many flaws. I spent a lot of time trying to convince local business owners to employ my clientele. I had at my disposal some useful tools and incentives, mostly via the funding from the Federal Government. The J.T.P.A. funded many programs that were given to the agency that I worked for (among others). The Job Training Partnership Act allowed me to write employment Contracts for workers that compensated Employers with up to 1/2 of the worker's wages for up to 6 months, with the provision that said worker was offered regular employment at the end of this 6 month term. Money from this Federal Grant also provided things to the worker to assist them with success, such as Auto repair as needed, paid fuel vouchers for the first 30 days of employment, and assistance purchasing clothes for work.
As much as this sounds like a good thing, it oft times failed. The local business folk had a bad experience with workers, or the workers quit. The attention give to this program to me felt like it was underdeveloped, and doomed to fail.
When the Government de-regulated this agency and the programs went out to the lowest bidder, it was time for a change.
no evenings or weekends. fair money.
duties and expectations were unfulfilling and unrealistic.