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Goodwill has been training people to go to work for over 100 years! While individual programs and services vary by location, many of these vocational services are available in your community:

Assessment: Goodwill is committed to ensuring the appropriate match so that individuals can be successful in their employment. Matching people's skills, talents, aptitudes and abilities are essential for determining appropriate employment options, training offerings, and preparation for career development. Goodwill's professional staffs offer an array of testing and counseling services to help people identify their strengths, select the best employment match, and develop a plan to succeed in their chosen profession.

Job Readiness Training: Goodwill recognizes that, in order for effective job placement and retention, individuals can benefit from job readiness training. This can be especially helpful for people who have never worked or who have been out of the workforce for some time. Most Goodwills offer job readiness training, which emphasizes "soft skills" required for success on the job. These skills include interviewing, problem solving, time management, work etiquette, interpersonal skills and basic job retention skills.

Job Placement: Goodwill offers an array of placement services including resources for finding employment, interviewing classes, resume preparation and job search support groups. Goodwill is dedicated to matching people with the right skills to the right job, thus, making it a pivotal support system to both job seekers and employers.

Skills Training: Goodwill offers an array of skills training opportunities, often in collaboration with other nonprofit organizations, schools and community colleges to ensure comprehensive skill development and training which meets current industry demand and standards. Programs vary in every community but may include office and computer skills, banking, technology training, electronic assembly, retail, and custodial skills training.  Taking advantage of these skills training offerings allows individuals to not just find an immediate job, but advance in their chosen career path.

Job Retention: Corporations know the cost of employee turnover. People who lose their jobs know the psychological and financial turmoil that follows. Goodwill is dedicated to helping people find the right jobs, and most Goodwills offer long-term follow-up, mentoring, job coaching and counseling services to ensure job retention. Goodwill also focuses upon career advancement; to help the employee and employer both derive the most benefit.

Support Services: Employability is often dependent upon reliable transportation, childcare, affordable housing and a stable home life. In collaboration with other local community organizations, Goodwill offers support services to ensure the success of every person. Counseling, literacy training, ESL classes etc. are a part of the "whatever it takes to be successful" philosophy which is incorporated into the support services network.