Job development (or work development) is the process of filling the gap between unemployed jobseekers on one hand, and the employment and volunteer opportunities that are available in their communities on the other hand. It can involve marketing clients to employers, informing them about what the clients can do, asking for job interviews and negotiating workplace agreements on the behalf of clients, and generally creating job opportunities by researching, identifying and soliciting commitments from possible sources of employment. The objectives of job development are long-term attachment to the labour market for workers, and employer satisfaction through providing them with workers who meet their needs and expectations.
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