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Comparing TTW and Regional Center Services

Polishing the Professional offers several different services to help our clients land gainful employment. Two of these services are at no cost to you. These are our Regional Center and Ticket to Work services.

Regional Center

Regional center clients receive work readiness training, job placement support, and long-term support through vocational services.

Work readiness training consists of our pre-employment training program. We make sure our regional center clients know how …

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Focus on Career Development

Our work is not merely about finding our clients a job; we help our clients take steps toward finding and establishing a career.

While many come to us to help them find a job to fill an immediate need, we are strongly committed to helping our clients take steps to establish long-term success and self-sufficiency.

Anyone can help our clients find a job, but we want to make sure that that job will …

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The Road to Becoming Financially Self-Sufficient

The Ticket To Work program’s primary goal is to support Social Security Beneficiaries, also know as ticket holders, to become financially self-sufficient. Once achieved, recipients are no longer dependent on benefits.

The Ticket to Work Program gives SSDI recipients a safety net to work without losing their benefits. Beneficiaries can keep their benefits while working towards gainful employment during a 9-month trial work period. In 2021, your earnings must be over $940 each month for it …

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The Interview is Not Just a One Way Street – 10 Great Questions to Ask the Interviewer

Many job seekers go into the interview to expect that it will be a one-way street where the interviewer will grill you with interview questions, and you answer.  This scenario could not be further from the truth!

Asking questions is an excellent way for you to show a true interest in the job and the company. It also shows that you took time to prepare for the interview. 

10 Great Questions to Ask …

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How to Handle Gaps in Employment

Gaps in work history can cause an employer to become skeptical about hiring you. They may find it concerning that you had long periods of absence from normal adult activities and question whether you are a serious candidate for their company.

Employers may be concerned that you are hiding something unfavorable. They may assume that your release from your last position was not voluntary and that you were unable to find work due to incompetency. 

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From Super Bowl to Super Employee – Your Game Plan for Finding Your Next Job

With Super Bowl month mania just passing, I decided to use sports analogies when talking about the job hunt.  A successful job hunt starts with a plan. So, let’s compare a job search with this year’s Super Bowl and the Kansas City Chiefs looking to win back-to-back Super Bowls, but ended up being triumphed by a physically dominant Buccaneers who had a perfect game plan resulting in Kansas City losing to the Bucs-31; KC-9.

As a …

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Criminal Records and Employment

When looking for employment, a criminal record can be a significant hindrance. The information in this post should help you decide how you will handle your job search.

What to Avoid 

Look for work that is not related to your conviction or arrest. For example, if you received a DUI, do not apply for positions that require you to drive. If you stole money, do not apply for a job as a bank …

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How to Find a Job in 2021

Landing a job during a pandemic will be tough!  The hiring process has changed in many ways because of Covid-19.  From the traditional in-person hiring process to remote where potential candidates go through everything virtually, 2021 does not promise that things will go back to normal and that we will all be back in an office again anytime soon.

According to Jessica Hernandez, Director of Human Resources at Cam-Lane Industries, remote jobs are becoming the “new …

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The Process of Assigning a Ticket to an Employment Network

Beneficiaries assign their Ticket to employment networks once they are ready to look for employment. Employment Networks are for those who have all the skills they need for their field of interest and need assistance with the interview process to obtain gainful employment.

The Ticket to Work Program’s function is to help those who receive social security benefits become gainfully employed. The best way for a ticket recipient to receive assistance in landing job interviews is …

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You Only Have 6 Seconds to Make a Good Impression

Employers review hundreds of resumes daily looking for the right candidate to fill their open positions, but here is a secret.  Before the resume gets to the recruiter, it has been screened by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to see which resumes will even make the first cut.

An Applicant Tracking System is a software program that helps companies organize candidates for recruitment purposes.  These systems allow businesses to collect information, manage prospects based on experience …

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