Job Candidates FAQ

DSC_6487Trillium-copyFrequently Asked Questions for Job Candidates


Where does Trillium help people get jobs?

Trillium helps people find jobs in King, Pierce and Clark Counties.

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How do I choose an employment agency?

Trillium staff will meet with you so you can ask questions about how we help people reach their employment goals. We always encourage job seekers to meet with a few employment agencies to get a feel for differences in style, service and specialization.
Some questions to think about asking are:
How do you help me find a job?
What if I don’t know what job I want?
How often will I see you or will you contact me while we are looking for a job?
What will I have to do while you are helping me find a job?

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Will Trillium pay me for working?

Trillium acts as your advocate and coach, not your employer. The business that hires you will decide how much to pay you and when you will work.

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Who else can be part of helping me find a job?

Your family, friends, teachers, community members and anyone else that you associate with can help by giving ideas about jobs you would be good at or companies that might hire you. They may even have a business acquaintance who is an employer and might consider hiring you. Trillium can learn a lot from people in your life and we can use their ideas to help you find the right job.

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How will you help me get a job?

First, we will get to know you, and learn about the type of job, the location, and the amount that you would like to work. We will also write a job development plan with you, to make sure that what you want and what we understand are the same. Then, we can help you write a resume to use when you apply for jobs. We will also contact employers for you and go with you to interviews if you desire.

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How long does it typically take to find a job?

There is no set time. Finding a job depends on a lot of things and everyone has a different work history and dreams about the perfect job. Sometimes it can take months to find a job. Trillium thinks it is more important to find a job where you can be successful and stay a long time than to find a job quickly.

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What does Trillium do after I get a job?

Trillium can help with the following, if you need or desire them:

  • Fill out paperwork
  • Attend orientations
  • Take required tests when you start a new job
  • Plan your transportation to and from work
  • Ensure you have the clothes for the company’s dress code
  • Help with the training at your new job
  • Provide support to you on the job until you are comfortable working independently

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Will Trillium stay with me all of the time at work?

Trillium will help you start your new job, but we want you to work independently after the training period.

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How often will I see a person from Trillium once I get a job?

Trillium will be with you as often as needed to provide coaching, training and support throughout the training period of your new job.

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What long-term support does Trillium offer?

Depending on the type of funding you have, Trillium may be able to work with you after your initial training. Many people find this
helpful, because expectations and duties change with every job. Trillium can assist you by working together with you and your employer to
help with these changes.

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What types of jobs does Trillium help people find?

Clerical, daycare, manufacturing, warehouse, custodial, mail room and food services, as well as a variety of other fields. Here are some examples of positions and employers that we have worked with:

  • Warehouseman, UPS
  • Office Assistant, Port of Seattle
  • Weight Room Monitor, YMCA
  • Para-educator, Auburn School District
  • Dishwasher, Canterbury House
  • Engineering Drawing Clerk, The Boeing Company
  • Courtesy Clerk, Safeway
  • Data Entry Clerk, Seattle City Light
  • Stockroom Assistant, Sports Authority
  • Office Assistant, Law Offices of MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless
  • File Clerk, Aukeen Court
  • Process Assembler, Physio-Control
  • Line Worker, AIM Aviation Auburn, Inc

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How do I become eligible for Trillium Services?

In order to have services from Trillium you must:

  • be at least 21 years of age and not enrolled in public school. In certain situations the Executive Director may grant an
  • exhibit deficits in vocational, social and/or behavioral skills that require support in order to obtain and retain employment.
  • demonstrate motivation to work and to participate in the Individual Employment program.
  • not display behavioral problems so severe there are no current support systems available.
  • have responsible members of the home environment and/or a personal advocate willing to cooperate with training programs and provide
    necessary support at home.
  • have access to and ability to pay for appropriate transportation to and from the place of employment.
  • have a plan in place for funding the needed employment services. This can be Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) funding, a PASS plan, County Service Authorization or a private payment commitment.

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Does Trillium do any testing to qualify people for its services?

Trillium Employment Services maintains that all individuals have employment potential; formal assessment of vocational aptitude or competence will not be used in determining an individual’s eligibility for service.

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How are Trillium services paid for?

Funding for Individual Employment is primarily through the Washington State Division of Developmental Administration (DDA), as administered by King, Clark, Kitsap, and Pierce Counties  under the category “Individual Employment.” Authorization for this program comes from DDA through a County Service Authorization. Additional funding may be required through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Social Security Work Incentive Program or private pay.

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Is having a job going to affect my SSI payments?

Yes, but the Social Security Administration has several incentives to encourage you to work. We think with these incentives there is a definite positive benefit to most people going to work. We can explain more about this when we meet with you.

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What are other resources that may be helpful to me?

Go to our resources page for more information.

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