Grant Sarver July 20, 2020



When millions of people lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19, Congress acted and passed the CARES Act to provide an economic stimulus. Part of the legislation added an additional $600 to regular unemployment checks to mimic a full paycheck instead of the partial paycheck unemployment programs provide. This added boost is set to expire at the end of the month. If more legislation is not passed, millions of Americans will be back on the job market to make ends meet. Job placement programs can be crucial for securing employment and states are contracting agencies to assist in this process.

The State of Nevada is requesting proposals for this type of program. Duties will include assisting clients in developing job seeking skills and helping them complete a resume. Other responsibilities are providing job club services to support and encourage job seekers. Situational assessments of workers will also be conducted. This opportunity is on an as-needed rolling basis and proposals are due June 30, 2022.

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Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services is seeking similar services. The Division for the Visually Impaired wishes to, “assist job seekers who are blind and severely visually impaired to be offered the full array of vocational services.” They need help with, “pre-employment exploration, skills attainment, career pathways assistance, supported employment and retention.” Bids for this opportunity are due August 24.

Congress reconvenes today following a two week recess. An additional stimulus package is expected, but the fate of the $600 supplemental payments is uncertain. Regardless, job placement programs will become crucial as millions will look to find jobs and will need to compete with each other for employment.



About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.