Job Development

Showcasing your value

Do you have trouble finding an employer willing to give you a chance? No matter the barrier – such as a criminal record, disability, substance abuse disorder, age – we can help. At Goodwill, we get to know you, your interests, and your skills, so we can highlight them as we work to find the right employer for you. We’ll help build your confidence and polish your skills so employers can see the value you bring to their operation. Goodwill of South Central Ohio can often provide services for those who live in Athens, Fayette, Hocking, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, Ross and Vinton counties at no cost to the individual.

Job Fitting

Our experienced employment specialists:

  • Meet with you one-on-one to provide vocational services.
  • Explore the jobs and careers you are interested in.
  • Provide resume and interview assistance.
  • Help you become successfully employed

Personal Job Guide

Once you have a job, Goodwill may continue to provide you with support for your new employment such as:

  • Help you resolve any issues you may have with your employer.
  • Help you identify transportation resources.

Goodwill also has a benefits analyst who can meet with you about how entering the workforce may impact any benefits you receive.

While most services are provided in person, some may be provided remotely if requested. The length of service is determined on the needs and circumstances of each individual.

Project Connect

Project Connect is Goodwill of South Central Ohio’s 3-to-6-month transitional work training program. Groups of no more than 4 participants at a time are placed in a Goodwill store with a Job Coach who provides vocational rehabilitation services. Participants are paired with an Employment Specialist when they are work ready to identify and secure community employment.

Project Connect provides transferrable marketable skills including:

  • Customer service
  • Operating a cash register
  • How to work with others

Employment Specialists provide assistance with:

  • Job searches
  • Resume writing
  • Interview skills

Certified employment services

At Goodwill, we strive to form caring relationships with those we serve.

We are a certified provider through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Our community employment services have earned accreditation by CARF, an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services you use to meet your needs for the best possible outcomes.

With more than 50 years of cumulative experience, Goodwill’s workforce development staff is trained and certified to help you find and retain employment.

They are:

  • Certified Employment Support Professionals
  • Certified by Ohio Employment First
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid

 Our partners

We provide services in partnerships with county developmental disability boards in our eight counties, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. These partners refer individuals to Goodwill for services.

Goodwill also partners with various local employers and agencies including:

  • Veterans Administration
  • County Boards of Developmental Disabilities
  • Paint Valley ADAMH
  • Bureau of Workers Compensation
  • Business partners have spanned a variety of fields including retail, food service, healthcare, veterinary, car dealerships, and insurance.

Providing services at no cost wouldn’t be possible without donors across our eight counties providing items to sell in our stores. More than 58,000 donors provided items to our Goodwill stores in 2020.

In 2020 we also turned more than 3,600 pounds of unsold clothing – usually cotton t-shirts – into rags to sell to local businesses and factories, and we recycled over 1.6 million pounds of textiles. Goodwill of South Central Ohio also generates revenue through Medicaid reimbursement when applicable and by selling protective gloves to businesses and public agencies like correctional facilities and schools.


Goodwill of South Central Ohio’s community employment services are CARF accredited. CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human services providers. Whether you are seeking rehabilitation for a disability, treatment for addiction and substance abuse, home and community services, retirement living, or other health and human services, CARF accreditation allows individuals to have confidence in their choice. Providers that meet CARF standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.

I’m in! What do I do?

Call Goodwill at 740-702-4000 and ask to speak with someone about our workforce development program.
We’re available weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.