I worked at Opportunity Partners full-time
I loved working for Opportunity Partners because they showed a lot of commitment to helping the people that we served. My co-workers were all wonderful advocates, kind, and quick to offer advice. The turnover rate is quite low because there is a such a great sense of satisfaction working with the people we serve and the staff employed there. The professional development and training were also a great help.
The only cons I can really think of are the lack of pay, although the benefits are pretty good. The turnover rate is so low that it is difficult to move up in the company because everyone loves their job.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Opportunity Partners (Coon Rapids, MN) in January 2012.
Semi-Independent Living Skills is a large field of work - the hiring process and interviewing emphasized the difference between typical human service jobs and this. This is loosely tied to to the type of work a social worker does. It's important that you are able to operate independently without the constant direction of a supervisor; be prepared to talk about flexibility and having a lot of initiative to do what needs to be done for the people who are served by the company. You will rarely have a cut and dry solution to everyday situations.
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