News & Insight
July 2007

WJM and Clients Team-up to Fight Youth Unemployment

WJM has developed U.N.C.L.E., a program that leverages our executive development resources and 10+ years of expertise to aide inner-city youth in gaining and maintaining entry-level jobs with local businesses. Our goal is to provide a vision of career success to young people who currently lack the resources or support necessary to conceptualize and act upon a plan for professional advancement, while serving as a trusted source of entry-level talent to organizations seeking to identify the next generation of leaders.

Unified – A comprehensive program centered on improving job readiness and successfully matching young talent and employers.
Navigator – Career guidance of a caliber not typically available to young people of limited means.
Coaching – Positive and constructive career and personal development.
Learning – Continuous, self-directed education, not a one-time event.
Employment – Successful job placement and the beginning of a productive career.

The U.N.C.L.E. Process

1. Assessment
A thorough screening interview and the use of state-of-the-art assessment instruments provide insight into each entry-level candidate’s:

Job readiness
Leadership ability
Interpersonal effectiveness
Strengths and interests
Opportunities for improvement

2. Coaching
WJM will partner with each young candidate to identify and prepare for his or her career goals. Each candidate will receive two to three 2-hour, individualized training sessions focused on:

Maintaining a positive attitude and work ethic
Interviewing skills and etiquette
Proper workplace attire
Conflict resolution
Teamwork and collaboration
Communication and interpersonal interaction
Money management
On-going education
Potential future career paths

3. Job Placement
Armed with the insight gained from the assessment, WJM U.N.C.L.E. Job Developers utilize connections to local businesses and nearby offices of large U.S. corporations to place the candidate in a situation which presents the greatest potential for stable employment with long-term potential. Our Job Developers believe that finding the right person for the job begins with finding the right job for the person.

4. Post-placement Check-In
The U.N.C.L.E. Consultant will check in with the employer one week after the candidate begins work in the new position to assess the new employee’s job performance. Any issues that arise from the evaluation are addressed by the Consultant and further discussed with the employee and his or her manager. A second check-in occurs three weeks later to discuss the level of progress on these issues.

If your organization is interested in supporting the U.N.C.L.E. program by matching young, talented employees with entry-level positions or internships, please contact an U.N.C.L.E. representative today at (212) 972-7400 or [email protected] for more details.

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