The Placement Process – Effective Job Selection

Job offers do not always signify a successful conclusion to the job search activity. Graduates should be informed that, aside from their personal relationship with prospective employers, Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (JT) programs themselves must maintain a cordial and positive relationship with employers for future placement.

Students and staff should not “burn bridges”.Thank you letters for interviews, acceptances, and rejections are expected. For continued good relations with the program or with the graduate, it is necessary to maintain positive contact with employers.

Whether or not a student accepts a position or is rejected by a company, program staff and students should remain appreciative of the employer’s interest. Issues and economic conditions may change over time, necessitating a search for additional employees. Organizations with environmental workers always remain a potential source of employment and should be treated as such.

The dark side of job placement relates to jobs that may not be safe, healthy, or otherwise suitable for graduates. All too often, job openings exist for a reason. Poor management, unsafe or difficult working conditions, substandard pay, or unrealistic expectations can lead to positions that are consistently vacated. If the job has been vacated many times before, employer expectations may be too high, or there may be issues with supervision or working conditions. Applicants need to pay careful attention to the history of the job opening.If the position was newly formed, expectations and performance standards may not be established. If an opening is the result of organizational growth, there may be a number of related positions available. There are a couple questions to ask.

  • Who will be the supervisor?
  • Is there an established human resources policy and a grievance procedure?

All of the considerations mentioned are issues that JT graduates and program staff must address as part of the placement process. When jobs are offered, staff should provide graduates with as much guidance as possible in evaluating jobs and following proper etiquette in accepting or rejecting offers.

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