Wise Webinar Series: Exploring the Hidden Job Market through Community Mapping and Informational Interviewing

February 1, 2023

2022-23 Wise Webinar Series

Exploring the Hidden Job Market through Community Mapping and Informational Interviewing

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Join Debra and Jim for a treasure hunt! Learn how to locate the hidden job market that exists in every community.  We will discuss and practice interest and skill-based community mapping leading to informational interviews to discover new customized employment opportunities. Come with your thinking caps on and ready to have some fun!

Learning Objectives:

  • Perform community mapping for their job seekers
  • Conduct Informational Interviews with businesses
  • Uncover potential hidden employment opportunities in their job seekers’ communities


Jim Corey, Program Development Director, Wise

Jim passionately believes that every person is born to this planet with a purpose, a genius unique to them, and a people to serve. He believes that first and foremost we all need valuable social roles, jobs, and an ability to contribute meaningfully to the community. In 1994, Jim found his career working alongside people with the most significant developmental and intellectual disabilities, primarily in their search for employment. Since 2001, Jim has been honored to work at WISE, a recognized leader in facilitating paid community jobs for people with even the most difficult challenges, and an early adopter of the national call to Employment for All.  Jim is a person-centered planner, discovery wild man, wide-eyed and intuitive employment consultant, micro-business planner, trainer, speaker, retreat facilitator, event coordinator, and innovative project manager. His work is infused with fun, creativity, and care.

Debra McLean, Wise Associate

 Debra is passionate about seeing all people obtain employment. She has been intrigued with community building and person-centered planning as a way to see individuals with disabilities succeed in jobs that fit them since 1988. She has worked on a number of projects involving people with disabilities and employment. Debra provides training and consultation on employment and person centered planning in Washington and Oregon, and she has taught classes on these topics at Portland State University in the Teacher Education Program and for Highline Community College. She has worked with schools, families, agencies, businesses, and individuals, both in the U.S. and in Australia. Debra holds an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling and Deafness, and she is an enthusiastic walker and family member.

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