First Advisor

Jerry J. Zadny

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Document Type


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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Oregon. Vocational Rehabilitation Division, People with disabilities -- Employment -- Oregon -- Portland, Applications for positions



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1 online resource (48 p.)


Two hundred and seventy-three clients whose cases had been closed by the Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Division (OVRD) between March 1, 1976 and February 28, 1977 were interviewed by telephone. They were asked to identify the different methods they had used during their job search, whether they had obtained a job while being served by OVRD, whether they were presently employed, and if employed whether the job was the same or different from the one they had obtained while being served by OVRD. They were also asked to identify the sources of the lead which led to their jobs. Friends or relatives and direct application resulted in most of the jobs obtained. Efficiency was calculated for ten job search methods. Methods, in descending order of efficiency, were schools, friends or relatives, unions, vocational rehabilitation counselors, former employers, direct application, want ads, the state employment service, job developers, and private employment agencies. Clients changed jobs quite frequently during the year between case closure and the survey. Methods which led to retention of jobs were schools, unions, and former employers. The methods which led to unstable jobs were rehabilitation counselors, direct application, and friends or relatives. Intensity of job search was associated with job search success. The most frequently mentioned problem encountered in job search was disability imposed limitations. Job seeking skills instruction was not shown to be effective.


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