Employment Skills

Fundamentals for Success

Our six-week employment skills training course is adapted from the Department of Labor’s Skills to Pay the Bills curriculum. The training was designed to develop six core competencies identified for successful employment.

The activities used in the course were created for all, regardless of disability or differences in learning style. Each exercise consists of an activity designed to get people thinking about, practicing, and discussing skills important for career and personal success.

Training Components


  • Defining professionalism
  • Workplace structures
  • Work culture
  • Self-reflection


  • Types of communication
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Two-way communication
  • Taking and giving direction

Enthusiasm & Attitude

  • Positive thinking
  • Failure as a part of success
  • Failure as opportunity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Translation features to benefits


  • Importance of teamwork
  • Individual strengths and needs
  • Characteristics of good team members
  • Barriers to effective teamwork
  • Roles of team players
  • Personality types
  • Managing teams

Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

  • Praise, criticism, and feedback
  • Workplace ethics
  • Decision-making
  • Perception vs. reality
  • Thinking on your feet


  • Researching employers
  • Overcoming fear
  • Informational interviews
  • Using social media to network
  • Email etiquette
  • Mapping your network