A brief high-level guide for implementing and understanding job search assistance (JSA) programs which are short-term, relatively low-intensity and low-cost programs to help job seekers find jobs.
“This Practice Brief describes an overarching framework for thinking about JSA programs, including an overview of service delivery methods, key JSA program components, and the key steps that make up the job search process. It then describes the mechanisms affecting the job search process, including program goals. Finally, the brief presents two narratives to characterize job search assistance programs” (p. 2). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

“Job search assistance programs are influenced by a variety of factors, including specific policies and the relative importance the state puts on assistance versus enforcement; local labor market conditions; and individual job seekers’ traits, abilities, and interests. JSA programs do, however, operate under the common goal of moving job seekers into employment. Within that goal, there is variation in the mix of and way in which services are delivered as well as the overarching philosophies guiding the program” (p.6). (Abstractor: Author)