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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizbv View Post
    I used my college career services and disability services office the most.
    That's a really good point, and I just called my college's career services office to see what we can do. The adviser was out of the office until Monday, so I'm following up with them at that time. Going to be interesting to see what exactly we can do considering I've moved away from the college (from TN to OR). However, at least I can get another set of eyes on my resume and that is a good thing.

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    Maybe check with disability services and career services at colleges near you. They may have college job fairs going on you can attend or businesses looking for certain populations of graduates with your skills. They may as well have input on your resume, ect. Have you now switched your VR case to the local area? I dont think it hurts to introduce yourself to all these folks. I like your determination. Keep up the spirits!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizbv View Post
    Best Wishes in our job search. I never used the Ticket To Work. It sounds like you can use it for your own needs best. VR didn't find my job either. I used my college career services and disability services office the most.
    I talked to the recruiters who came to our college, and got an internship my last quarter in school. They hired me full-time after a week or so. Before that, I'd just answer the want ads for jobs before I went to college, and while I was in college.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizbv View Post
    Maybe check with disability services and career services at colleges near you. They may have college job fairs going on you can attend or businesses looking for certain populations of graduates with your skills.
    Another good suggestion and one I'll be acting on Monday! I'm not sure if the services are available to the public, but nonetheless I'll try.
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    You might check out the Obama administration http://www.change.gov - they're hiring, and you sound like a prime candidate for some position out of the thousands that are going to be filled. Or if you might want to make a career out of working for the government - http://www.usajobs.gov
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    Good luck cvelusc, I hope you land a good job soon. Hopefully the economy will rebound a little bit after the holidays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cvelusc View Post
    I've been involved with the Ticket To Work program for the last two and a half months and am wondering how others have fared with the program. Anyone have a good or bad experience? My experience with the program isn't that good so far, although it's definitely fair to partially blame the current economy for being unable to find work after two and a half months of searching.

    A bit of history on me is that I recently (August to be exact) finished a graduate degree in Health Services Administration. Thought that because of my undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems, that I would be able to quickly score a job working with Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) or something technology-based as part of a healthcare organization. I was wrong. Somewhere around ninety-percent of my employment applications immediately hit the recycle bin because I have a roughly four-year employment gap (two and a half solid years for repeat surgeries, rehabilitation, and just becoming accustomed to SCI and then eighteen months for my graduate degree) on my resume.

    Back to the Ticket To Work program, I'm not finding the whole situation very beneficial. With me, because I already know what I want to do and have finished the necessary training, what I really needed from this program were job leads. After an initial session with the Vocational Rehab counselor, I was assigned to a consulting firm that apparently finds more "professional" jobs for people with disabilities. There help has been largely in guiding me through my professional interests and making sure I can interview well, not necessarily on finding job leads. I was hoping that this consulting firm would have a great deal of inside contacts that would improve my chances of being interviewed, but that has largely not been the case as most job leads presented to me by the consulting firm have been through simple online job searches. Through the few leads that the consulting firm has given me, plus the fifty or so jobs I've found myself, I've only landed three in-person interviews.

    So in the last two and a half months I've applied for roughly fifty positions and have had three in-person interviews. I have been denied for two of the three positions. Just yesterday I was told that another candidate was chosen for a job that I thought the interview went great. I was nearly certain that I would get the job, but apparently not.

    I'm trying to figure out what more I should be doing to improve my chances of employment. I write cover letters, follow-up with calls after submitting a job application, and also write thank you letters. In the cover letters or follow-up calls, I establish that my employment gap was due to an accident and while I had to go through surgeries/rehabilitation, I am 100% capable of completing the tasks of the job.

    What else should I be doing? Is your experience the same as mine with the Ticket to Work program? Anyone by chance have a contact for someone in the Portland or Vancouver area that is somewhat in my field? Really appreciate all the help.
    Ticket to Work does not find you a job. It helps you keep Medicare/Medicaid should you go to work. Hopefully,you will obtain insurance with your emploter. By keeping Medicaid,yoour PCAs are funded through them to provide help with ADLs needed to get you to work. Your VR office is supposed to have a job placement specialist who does job development and helps you obtain employment. Ask your counselor why they're not helping you. Vr is your problem,not ticket to work in it's self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addiesue View Post
    Hey! Darkeyeddaisy used to have info on how you can assign your ticket to yourself. These agencies get paid to help you find a job. Someone like you is competent enough to find your own job. You shuould get that money, not them. I went through VR and the agencies. They are a big waste of time. Well in tennessee they are. VR is only benefitting me bc they are paying for school even though they give me giant hassles about it.
    Did you already assign your ticket? If you did you have to unassign it and assign it to the new place. I will try to find the link she sent me for this place. There used to be a thread about it. Good luck and I hope you like where you moved to.

    As far as finding actual employment out there I have no great advice besides keep trying!


    OK found it
    Don't know if this will help but this has the website for that program.
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=79524
    good luck
    RSA is supposed to help level the playing field. Of course,that's work and they don't like leaving their office. Complain to your US Senator.VR needs to be held accountable as to how they spend their money and who they actually help. If ever an agency needs a Congressional investifation,RSA is the one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handsome Wheeler View Post
    Ticket to Work does not find you a job. It helps you keep Medicare/Medicaid should you go to work. Hopefully,you will obtain insurance with your emploter. By keeping Medicaid,yoour PCAs are funded through them to provide help with ADLs needed to get you to work. Your VR office is supposed to have a job placement specialist who does job development and helps you obtain employment. Ask your counselor why they're not helping you. Vr is your problem,not ticket to work in it's self.
    Once again HW Ticket to Work does not let you keep medicaid in all states. Medicaid definitely does not provide you a PCA in Tennesse or several other states if you are a para. Please quit spreading false hope to people.

    Also he stated he has a placement specialist who does not have any connections for him. This is the case almost everywhere except in your little world.

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    If you are positive the ticket lets you keep mediciad please provide documentation for those of us getting screwed.

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