It is important to know how the customer will perform in their desired position. This can help determine the correct pathway for training and employment. The questions below can be asked during an assessment to help get a better understanding of the customer’s previous experience and how it would relate to a future position. An easy way to quickly assess a client’s IT readiness is to ask them to provide current job leads that detail the position they are seeking. The job leads will also show the experience and skills deemed necessary by employers. These leads used in conjunction with the assessment questions can help in the development of a training path to make the client a stronger candidate in the IT field, and can assist in developing their resume to show how they fit the position they are seeking. This might also provide a glimpse into the viability of the job they are pursuing depending on how difficult it is to secure job leads and tie their previous experience and future certifications into the requirements for those positions.
Sometimes, securing the credential is not enough and experience is the missing link to employment. If that is the case, the JD NEG grant’s internship might add some valued experience to the customer's resume.