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LIVE HELP & Free Career Planning Services

by Jennifer Cohen, R2W Webinar Host.    

Jennifer Cohen, R2W Webinar Host

 

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Career Planning Services

As a training specialist I am motivated by the opportunity to help others understand and take advantage of learning opportunities that lead to personal growth. R2W is truly focused on creating opportunities for veterans and their spouses, as well as disabled Americans.

My professional focus is on technology in training, and the Career Planning and Exploration Webinar is an excellent way for me to connect and communicate with many of those who qualify for R2W’s services. The Webinar is designed to guide attendees through the career profiling process and to help attendees link their work preferences to available jobs.

Some of the benefits of the Career Planning and Exploration Webinar include:

 

  1. Learning how to navigate R2W’s jobs list.
  2. Creating a work profile for job applications.
  3. Developing an understanding of your work preferences.
  4. Saving time getting started on the job search.
  5. Utilizing a free service.
  6. Building confidence for your job search.

 

Why not take advantage of this opportunity to learn about yourself and your potential?

Jennifer Cohen, R2W Webinar Host

 

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Jennifer Cohen is an instructional designer and adult educator with over twenty years of experience working with a diverse population of learners. Jennifer’s background in technology training includes applications for the office, presentations, and the web.  She holds a master’s degree in learning technology and uses her passion for creative problem solving to help others understand complex concepts.

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Career Exploration and Planning


Meeting Description:
Need a change but don’t know what’s your best   next career?  This free webinar is for you!  Exploring your options is the first step toward winning a fulfilling and lasting career.Let’s dramatically speed up the process!  Career Exploration & Planning is a 1 hour class showing you how to conduct your own evaluation in a fraction of the time.  Experts will show you how to use R2W’s innovative tools to quickly zero in on  jobs matching your career goals, while increasing  your interviews and job offers.

You might find the perfect job during the   class.  You will also learn how to get additional training and  one-on-one support from caring counselors.

Applying for the right job could last a lifetime.    It’s worth exploring!

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Joe says:  “This webinar looks like a great resource for vets, as is R2W itself.”

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R2W Delivers the Right Level of Support to Disabled Job Seekers

Carol Sarganis

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Stefanie Fleisig O’Connor

Project: Return to Work Inc. (R2W) is probably best known for helping U.S. veterans to transition back into civilian society via meaningful employment.  Founded in 1998, the Colorado-based non-profit organization has a solid track record of training and placing service people—including wounded warriors with significant disabilities—to perform jobs that best suit their needs and capabilities.

R2W’s mission transcends the veteran segment, however, to include non-military Americans with varying degrees of disability.  Carol Sarganis, a Naples, FL-based Employment Specialist and job coach who was hired by R2W in 2006, is uniquely qualified to fulfill her role with empathy as well as expertise.

“I have the Limb Girdle form of Muscular Dystrophy, which affects the lower extremities,” Sarganis explains.  “I had trouble walking throughout childhood and I have used a wheelchair since high school.”  Despite her lifelong challenges Sarganis feels that she also has had many opportunities, including being able to serve as a remedial reading specialist at the elementary school level for 28 years.  “I’ve always had an innate desire to help people with disabilities,” she says, “and my teaching experience has helped me be effective for R2W’s clients.”

On R2W’s behalf Sarganis became a certified provider of the Federally-funded Division of Vocational Training (DVR).  In this role she helps disabled job seekers in the Naples area with everything from appropriate dress and hygiene advice to transportation to job interviews.  Her clients fall into three tiers: those with multiple disabilities who require significant job support, people who can perform their jobs with some support, and job seekers who can be independent after the initial training period.

Sarganis has learned to adapt her teaching style, including coaching prospective employees on resume preparation and interview skills, to both the capabilities and limitations of each client.  At times this means gently adjusting expectations.  “I have a client named John who wanted to be an animal trainer, but his disabilities precluded this,” she recalls.   In addition to having a borderline IQ, which makes many tasks too difficult, this client suffers from extremely low self- esteem—a trait that contributed to John’s history of quitting jobs after a short time.

Sarganis realized that John needed an unusually high level of affirmation from an employer, and worked to find the right fit for him.

A job bagging groceries at Publix, a large supermarket chain, was the answer for John.  “Publix has a track record of hiring people with special needs, and his supervisors did a great job training him,” Sarganis says.  “This employer is especially good about validating his work and feelings.”  After nearly three years in a full-time position at Publix, Sarganis considers John a success story.

R2W client Pete’s limitations are similar to John’s, but he couldn’t be more different in temperament and attitude.  “He’s outgoing and very self-confident, which is wonderful,” explains Sarganis, “but his extreme chattiness was hurting his employment chances.”  She worked with Pete to build a resume—something she does with every client—and also taught him to curb his loquaciousness, a decidedly more unusual task.  “We’re still working on it,” she says with a laugh.  Having served as a grocery bagger at Winn Dixie since 2010, Pete is now training to become a stock boy.  Sarganis has gotten to know Pete’s family and she notes that his parents, like the vast majority of clients’ parents, strive to help their child become as independent as possible.

Sarganis also has had success placing people who require far less support.  In the case of Michael, who suffered a stroke in his 40s that left him paralyzed on one side, the bulk of her job was providing logistics.  R2W got the ball rolling by helping to prepare a resume and line up interviews and transportation, and Michael ran with it, impressing his prospective employer so much that he was hired on the spot as a security guard in a gated community. “He was extremely proactive and had a great attitude,” Sarganis says.  Michael has served in this job for around three years.

Whether a job seeker needs heavy support during and after the employment process or, like Michael, is able to move forward without much contact after placement, R2W is equipped to deliver the appropriate level of help for people who want to be gainfully employed despite their limitations.

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Who Are You And Why Should I Care?

The biggest problem facing every business and individual today is choice—lot’s of good choice.  And most businesses and individuals do a poor job of differentiating themselves to become the first and obvious choice for their market.

 “Who Are You and Why Should I Care?” teaches attendees how to define their individual and business brands to get noticed in our over-communicated world. It teaches them how to be remembered by learning ways to truly differentiate themselves and their products and services. And attendees discover how to stay relevant by giving their market ongoing reasons to care about them and stay engaged.

 Follow this  link for a video about Steve Brazell’s innovative approach:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIHkcezQCiI

 

“THE INDIVIDUAL OR COMPANY’S BRAND THAT BEST EMBODIES THE IDEA—WINS.”

— Hitman
COMPETITION REMOVAL™ EXPERT

Steve Brazell is the architect of “Competition Removal”—the idea that it is easier for an individual or company to beat their competition through innovation and real differentiation rather than trying to compete with them head-to-head.

Affectionately known as “The Hitman,” he is an ideator—and helps companies and individuals grow market share and profits by developing and communicating new ideas that set their brands and products apart­—making them the first and obvious choice for their customers.

Entrepreneur

Steve founded Hitman Inc almost 15 years ago, and works with some of the world’s leading corporate and celebrity brands. He also works with start-ups providing marketing and branding expertise as well as early round investment. He is the recipient of multiple industry awards including; Addys and Bronze Quills, and was one of Esquire’s 45 Under 45 Professional Men. Steve recently designed the world’s first (patent pending) online Branding Engine—Brand Op.™

 Author and Keynote Speaker

Steve is the author of “Clear! The simple guide to keeping your business alive and kicking”, and is in high-demand to present and workshop at companies, conferences, universities, and private leadership groups around the world.  Steve presents on the art of Competition Removal, marketing, branding, and persuasive communication techniques. He has been rated in the top 1% of events he attends and listed as “most thought provoking,” and “most life-changing.”

 Media Guest

Steve is  a savvy media guest combining a quick wit, unabashed opinions, and deep branding insight that adds to any conversation.

 He is fluent in Japanese and an avid student of body language, human behavior, and Far East Philosophy. Hitman Inc is located in New York City and Vegas.

 

  Login to R2W’s recruitment system to learn about Steve Brazell’s breakthrough technique for landing the career you want and deserve.  Follow the links for Steve Brazell and Personal Branding.  Call us or use our online contact form if you need assistance.

R2W PRESIDENT AND BOARD MEMBER ATTEND WHITE HOUSE BRIEFINGS

President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, July 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

By Bailey Culp –
On July 1, 2011, Project:  Return to Work Inc. (R2W) founder, Rob Brazell, along with R2W Board Member, Jay D. VanderWerff, attended a daylong White House briefing in Washington, DC. The Obama White House hosted community leaders from states nationwide, highlighting various policies and programs offered by the federal government that are currently available for leaders at the local, grassroots level. The guests were given a tour of the East Wing of the White House and listened to several briefings by community leaders in attendance. The meeting was a forum for leaders nationwide to offer and receive feedback from senior White House officials on critical issues facing the country.

Among the many topics discussed were veteran’s affairs and initiatives to serve disabled Americans, specifically Wounded Warriors. Thus, the mission and objectives of R2W were extensively showcased during this daylong gathering. Moreover, an invitation to this exclusive gathering of community leaders indicates the high priority of veteran’s affairs to the Obama administration while underscoring the notable work R2W has performed since its founding in 1998. Regarding his visit to the White House, R2W President Rob Brazell noted, “This is the most open White House in history. President Obama is clearly reaching out to community leaders around the nation and we are reaching back. We had unprecedented opportunity to give honest and direct feedback. The White House staff is highly experienced and I am grateful for the privilege to participate in such a meaningful way.”

R2W Founder and Board Members expressed special interest in the following White House initiative:

Joining Forces

As a result of several recent discussions with the Department of Defense, Department Of Labor, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and Colorado National Guard, R2W is changing its fundamental business model to more rapidly respond to the employment needs of thousands of wounded warriors and their families, a stark reality highlighted at both the recent White House briefing and the Military and Veterans Employment Expo held in Golden, CO at Jefferson County Fairgrounds May 23 through 25, 2011.

R2W PRESENTED THE ESTEEMED SEVEN SEALS AWARD

General Thomas Mills presents the DoD ESGR Seven Seals Award to R2W President Rob Brazell.

General Thomas Mills (Ret) presents the DoD ESGR Seven Seals Award to R2W President Rob Brazell at a gala dinner party.

By Bailey Culp –
On June 11, 2011 Project:  Return To Work Inc. (R2W) President, Rob Brazell, was awarded the Seven Seals Award by Admiral Richard Young and General Thomas Mills at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program (ESGR). The ESGR Seven Seals Award is presented at the discretion of the ESGR State Chair in recognition of significant individual or organization achievement, in addition to initiative or support that promotes and bolsters the ESGR mission. The Seven Seals Award is the only ESGR award that bridges both employer and volunteer recognition awards programs.  

Honor Guard for this gala event.

Return 2 Work earned the Seven Seals award for its exceptional support of the Military and Veterans Employment Expo (MVEE), held in May 2011.  R2W partnered with the ESGR program to create the Military and Veterans Employment Expo in order to 1) address unemployment among National Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans, 2) provide training on job hunting skills, and 3) hold a job fair featuring over 75 employers from various cities in Colorado.

 R2W played a significant role throughout the entire Military and Veterans Employment Expo, offering the following services:

  • Registration system, operators, and office support – which were donated by StaffCV, Your Office and Office Evolution;
  • Professional “How to” employment webinars for veterans sponsored by ReadyTalk;
  • A seminar – led by R2W President Rob Brazell – entitled “Career Exploration,” which aimed to help veterans prepare for networking with the various employers who attended the employment expo.

 Numerous volunteers helped to make the employment expo a success. Regarding the tremendous success of MVEE, R2W President Rob Brazell noted, “The military and government reached out…the community reached back. This unprecedented collaboration among several military, government and community partners made a huge difference in the lives of many Colorado veterans and their families.”

R2W continues to provide quality metrics to the array of military and government agencies involved in MVEE, while also participating on the central planning committee for the next employment forum to be announced by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program.

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