Assisting Job Seekers with Disabilities in Philadelphia & Nationwide

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The Sierra Group has a wealth of resources that assist job seekers with disabilities in Philadelphia and beyond.

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What to know when you're looking for a job

When businesses look at a candidate and ask questions during an interview, they are trying to determine the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) of that person. KSA's are the attributes required from a candidate to successfully perform a job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying service, education, or training. It's important that you are able to appreciate the differences of these three topics so that you can focus your job search in an area that makes the most sense for you.

Let's start with some definitions:

Knowledge – A body of information or understanding, usually factual or procedural, gained through experience or association. These would include formal education, training, certifications, or class work that you would have completed.

Skill – The proficient manual, verbal, or mental manipulation of data or things. It is desirable, quantifiable, and measurable; e.g., skill in typing, skill in operating a vehicle, skill in editing for transposed numbers. Simply put, these would be those things that at which you are good because of your repeated successful experiences.

Ability – The natural aptitude or acquired proficiency to perform an observable activity; e.g., ability to write reports, ability to lead or motivate others, ability to analyze numerical data, ability to plan and organize work.

Collectively, these three concepts can paint an accurate picture of what you can offer a potential employer. When looking for a job, the trick is in relating them to an employer in a way that makes the best sense for that position.



Job Seeker Tools That Make Results Happen:

Logo for iSearch - PhiladelphiaBusinesses are using more electronic resume filters then ever before. Often, job seekers with disabilities have employment gaps which cause them to lose their competitive relevance. This makes it difficult for these job seekers to get their resumes past electronic ‘gate keepers'. If you can't be seen, you'll never get the interview.

What is iSearch? A professional resume rewrite designed for the electronic world. It is a fixed price service that provides your job seeker with a modern, competitive resume and profile for electronic and traditional job search efforts.

Learn more about the iSearch process. PDF - 279 K

E-Mail us for more information on how iSearch can benefit you or other job seekers with disabilities.



Resource for Our Clients Looking for a Job in Philadelphia - Plainlanguage.govWriting and communicating are sometimes very different things. This article offers an insight on composing clear prose that convey unambiguous content PDF - 55 K.



Document Library:

Given the ease by which resumes can be circulated, the cover letter is more important now than ever before. The cover letter lets the HR Manager know that you are crafting your response to their exact need. Learn the mission critical questions that every cover letter must answer.

Words matter – especially to a search engine. Action words that convey power, persistence, and leadership matter most: Using these words only work if you are then able to back them up with practical examples. Learn the 10 words that every resume should have. CAUTION: Using these words only work if you are then able to back them up with practical examples.

The FIRST goal of resume distribution is not a job but an interview. Once you get the call for the interview do you know what to do to prepare? We believe that there are 8 questions that every candidate should ask themselves before an interview.

For most people looking for a job, the job interview is generally viewed as a very simple win/lose process. Either you get the position or you don't. Nobody gets hired three-quarters of the way. Learn what to do when you don't get the offer.

Finding a job is easy when you know what it takes to succeed. While the work is hard, the plan is manageable. Learn how to make the job search process work for you. PDF - 133 K

Sample Job Application. PDF - 53 K

There are three basic types of resumes:

1. Chronological: This is the most popular format. It places information in reverse chronological order (i.e. from most to least recent). Employers tend to prefer this format as it (hopefully) demonstrates a candidate's steady and upward career growth. Thus, the focus is on time, job continuity, growth, and achievements. Click here for more information on Chronological resumes.

2. Functional: A functional resume focuses on skills, credentials, and accomplishments over the course of all jobs held. Emphasis is on what you did, not when or where you did it. Accomplishments, qualifications and experience are grouped together, to emphasize your experience in specialty areas. Click here for more information on Functional resumes.

3. Combination (Uses a Career Profile): A combination resume uses a career profile, which is a functional style listing of relevant skills and accomplishments, and then proceeds to describe employment and education histories in reverse chronological order. In other words, it is a combination of the above two concepts. The experience section directly supports the functional section. Click here for more information on Combination resumes.

NOTE: Unless a functional resume conveys your suitability significantly better than the other types, a chronological or combination format is suggested for entry-level positions. We recommend that you avoid using a functional resume unless an employer specifically requests that format.

Resume Templates:

Microsoft has templates for basic resumes. If you are looking for a job and wish to use one, please note that these templates require Microsoft Word 2000 or later.

Chronological Resume Template:

Chronological Resume Example for Those Looking for a Job - PhiladelphiaDownload a Chronological Resume template.

Functional Resume Template:

Functional Resume Example for Those Looking for a Job - PhiladelphiaDownload a Functional Resume template.

Find more templates for Microsoft Office programs.

Rate Your Resume:

image of a + signDoes your resume make the grade? Use this form to rate your resume or to allow your friends to rate your resume. Grade the resume in each of the categories listed as either Excellent, Average or Poor.

Download the Rate Your Resume form PDF - 47 K.



Information for Ticket-to-Work (SSA) holders:

The Sierra Group routinely helps those with a Ticket-to-Work (TTW) with job search and vocational rehabilitation plans customized to their specific needs. Our professional team of counselors and rehabilitation partners need some basic information from you in order evaluate how we can best serve your needs. To gather this information, we require that you complete our basic online intake questionnaire. Once we receive your results, our TTW program manager, Seth Acosta, will review your profile and send you a letter detailing our initial plans and recommendations. Your complete and detailed answers are what allow us to help you find competitive employment – by you taking the time needed to accurately complete this profile, we can help you find your next career path.

NOTE: Completing this profile for the TTW program will take about 10-15 minutes (for most people). Many TTW holders find it helpful to have either a list of their prior work experiences or their resume available when they complete this profile. Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for your custom response to be sent to you after completing this profile.

Read our privacy policy to see how we handle the personal information you give to us.

Take me to the Ticket-to-Work profile center.

A paper version of this profile can be sent to you if you make the request in writing to:

The Sierra Group
TTW Profile Project
714 Market St. Suite 221
Philadelphia, PA 19106

What is the TTW Program: The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. The Ticket Program is part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 – legislation designed to remove many of the barriers that previously influenced people's decisions about going to work because of the concerns over losing health care coverage. The goal of the Ticket Program is to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to obtain employment, vocational rehabilitation (VR), and other support services from public and private providers, employers, and other organizations. is the JOB SEEKER service of The Sierra Group's Candidate Sourcing Division.

If you are a person with a disability looking for a job, please register as a job seeker because our network of employers proactively hires qualified job seekers with disabilities, as well as veterans!