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Last modified: 3/1/2012 6:11 PM

The Employment Connection is a four-week program available to Department of Alcohol & Drug Services (DADS) clients who meet the following criteria:

  • Clients must be willing and able to work NOW.
  • Clients should be stable enough in recovery to concentrate on finding a job.
  • Clients must have successfully addressed barriers (e.g., childcare, transportation, housing, physical or mental concerns, etc.) that would keep them from attending a structured four-week job program.
  • Clients must stay focused on their job search and take this task seriously.
  • Clients must be able to function appropriately in a group of strangers.
  • Clients must be able to follow directions from Employment Connection staff.
  • Clients must attend a one-hour, one-time orientation (at 1888 Senter Road at 10 a.m. each Wednesday) before starting the program.
  • Clients should be referred by their counselor, or they may contact Vocational Coordinator, Jim Horrigan at 408-792-5665.

The Employment Connection is an employment service center where clients may obtain professional job-search assistance, learn effective job-seeking skills, and use office equipment to pursue employment opportunities. Employer presentations/recruitment and on-site interviews are conducted on a regular basis. Employment Connection staff posts updated job openings from local companies daily, and employment counselors are available to assist and support clients in their job search. All services are free.
The structured Employment Connection program lasts for four weeks, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. During Week 1, clients attend “Job Club.” Due to the amount and importance of the information presented within Job Club week, clients must attend each day, all day, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Clients who have court appointments or other schedule conflicts should wait until they can attend for the full week, without interruption.) The intensive, one-week Job Club seminar teaches clients key job skills:

  • Developing the basics of self-esteem and setting goals;
  • Discovering personal strengths and work skills;
  • Completing job applications effectively;
  • Writing résumés with cover letters;
  • Participating in mock interviews to sharpen self-presentation ability;
  • Finding hidden job markets;
  • Using the telephone effectively; and
  • Keeping a job, after being hired.

During Weeks 2-4, clients engage in a supervised job search. This involves their sending out résumés, calling potential employers, and attending job fairs and workshops that aid their job search. Clients continue to receive guidance from professional employment counselors, who provide coaching, support, and encouragement throughout this process.
Clients must arrive promptly every day and be ready to learn. They must also believe in themselves and be prepared to accept a job.

Employment Connection sites include:

1888 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112

591 North King Road, Building 1650A
San Jose, CA 95133

505 West Olive Street, #550
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

7800 Arroyo Circle, Suite A
Gilroy, CA 95020

DADS counselors may use the following form to refer clients to the program:

Counselors will receive a Vocational Status Report from the Vocational Coordinator for each client they refer.