The job can be rewarding but it's not for everyone
Employment Specialist (Current Employee) – Towson, MD – March 17, 2014
This job can be rewarding if you enjoy helping people and seeing them grow as they gain independence. You will be traveling around the community for the individual to participate in activities related to their goals, whether recreational or employment-related. You may work with someone who likes visiting the library, bowling, or visits the YMCA to exercise; or you may have someone who works but needs on-site job coaching to remain on task. You will help individuals seeking a job through updating resumes, completion/follow up of applications, practicing interview skills, even accompanying the individual to interviews.
There is a lot of texting, emailing, and phone calls. There is no face to face contact with your co-workers unless you have a position in the office, have team meetings, or need to come to the office for another reason. You will be driving your personal vehicle to do the job. Sometimes you will be able to get lunch and sit still to eat; most of the time, it's more like order from the drive through and eat on the way to your next person. One of the hardest parts of the job is working with an uncooperative individual. But you're dealing with adults so you can't make anyone do what you're suggesting. You can just explain the consequences and be firm.
Mileage/some expense reimbursement, paid on snow days, sometimes bonuses
No breaks sometimes, somewhat difficult to get promoted