JIST Career Solutions

JIST Career Solutions

JIST Career Solutions offers a full product line of career exploration and employability success skills materials for job seekers and learners at all levels.

What This Includes

Skill addressed: Work Ethic, Ethics, Conflict Negotiation, Self-Understanding, Career Management, Systems Management, Creative Thinking, Technology Use, Emotional Intelligence, Innovative & Creative Problem Solving, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Student resources

  • Career exploration, job search, and career success self-assessments and workbooks to develop skills in topics such as employability and workplace success
  • Soft Skills Solutions, a ten-book series for soft skills development, with topics such as emotional intelligence and critical thinking, innovative and creative problem solving, and equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Assessments, workbooks, booklets, and videos to guide and assist formerly incarcerated individuals as they reintegrate into society
  • Paradigm Gateway platform offers incarcerated individuals notebook devices preloaded with reentry resources to build soft skills and digital literacy
  • College Preparation and Success offers assessment, books, and workbook resources for students or job seekers considering college
  • Job search resources, including the Young Person’s Guide to Getting and Keeping a Good Job

Instructor resources

  • Administrator’s guides freely available on the website offer guidance on using the assessment, video, and workbook resources with tips, background information, activities, PowerPoints, and quizzes
  • Student materials available mostly in print form with online options available in some cases
  • Career preparation and soft skill development workshop materials, including Passport to Career Success

Key Takeaways

  • Many of the resources come in packages designed to be delivered to groups in adult education classrooms, career navigator sessions, or sent electronically and used independently by learners.
  • Transferable skills scale identifies a person’s greatest transferable skills or personal and workplace success skills, such as interpersonal, organizational, communicative, creative, analytical, and numerical.
  • Many of the assessments, including the employability skills inventory, measure proficiency levels of SCANS ([U.S. Department of Labor] Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) competencies and basic skills.
  • The Picture Interest Career Survey is a text-free vocational interest self-assessment suitable for non-readers, struggling readers, and English language learners, correlated to O*Net, and available in print or online.
  • ReEntry coursework focuses on assessing and building transferable skills, offering products such as Barriers to Success Inventory and the Ex-Offender’s Job Finding and Survival Guide.

JIST (Job Information Seeking and Training), founded by Michael Farr in Indianapolis, Indiana, provides materials and technology to build essential skills for career, academic, and life success. JIST collaborates with organizations and government entities providing resources for job seekers, youth, formerly incarcerated persons, transitioning military, and individuals with special needs. JIST established itself in the career development realm with the release of Getting the Job You Really Want in 1986. It is part of Paradigm Educational Solutions, which developed Cirrus, a cloud-based online learning platform that offers job seekers training, including Microsoft Office, computer concepts, health careers, and business technology.

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