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Why Job Coaches Don't Always Work



The buzz word for employment for people with disabilities is that they need a “job coach.” What exactly is a job coach and what is their role in working with people with disabilities on the job?


A job coach is a person who assists individuals with disabilities to find and maintain employment. The job coach may wear many different hats which depends upon the needs of the individual. But just what kind of training does a job coach have that makes them qualified to train others?


A job coach has two clients: the individual with a disability and the employer who will hire the job seeker.  These two roles require very different set of skills. A job coach should have the ability to represent the job seeker as a valuable asset to businesses. They also should able to identify and facilitate the necessary supports for the individual to become a successful employee.


Job Developer vs Job Coach


Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) choose to divide these roles into two positions: job developer and job coach.  This can be problematic in that the job developer may know the skills and needs of the individual with a disability, while the job coach may not fully understand the needs of the business.  As such, CRPs must realize that splitting the roles of a job coach into multiple positions can create issues that need to be identified and resolved.


What type of training does a job coach receive? A quick google search will show you that most job sites show that job coaches make approximately $15 per hour. Most organizations site that they will train the candidate. The only requirement is a valid driver’s license and 3 years of verifiable driving history.


How are we to expect that a job coach given such a important responsibility will be able to assist someone with a disability when the only requirement is that they are able to drive and have a valid drivers license?


A job coach needs to have more experience similar to someone that works as head hunter. Someone who is familiar with a variety of industries and how employment works at various types of companies. The more information they have, the more skilled they will be at finding and maintaining employment for a person with a disability.


What is a Headhunter?


A headhunter is a company or individual that provides employment recruiting services. Headhunters are hired by firms to find talent and to locate individuals who meet specific job requirements. ... Employers tend to enlist headhunters when they are unable to find the right person to fill a role on their own. The national average salary for a headhunter is $152,800 per year. A vast difference from that of a job coach.


Can a Headhunter find me a job?


The answer is yes! Working with a recruiter or headhunter is completely free. However, if you find one you really want to hire on your behalf, then you would have to pay their fee when they find you a job.


Headhunters are usually independent agencies that are hired by companies to find employees. They look for possible candidates for open positions in a company and suggest ones they think might be a good fit.


It’s very common for companies to use headhunters when they’re looking for employees with a specific set of skills. A lot of headhunters specialize in niche markets where it’s hard to find prospective employees.


When the headhunter finds someone they think would be a good fit, they pass the information along to the company. Then, their job is done. It’s not their role to hire employees, simply to find the people who could become them.


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