‘Know Yourself, Know the Market, Make the Match’

Mon Valley Initiative uses a proven method to help people find jobs.

It’s called “Know Yourself, Know the Market, Make the Match,” and it was developed in 2002 by MVI in cooperation with other job-development agencies throughout Pennsylvania.

During the process, job-seekers work one-on-one with one of our employment and financial coaches to complete personality, financial and job skills assessments.

Job-seekers can work at their own pace, though the process can be completed as quickly as eight weeks. During the process, Mon Valley Initiative helps job-seekers connect with benefits that can help support their families while they search for a new career.

1. Know Yourself

Activities in this part of the program include taking self-assessments, and using standard tools that measure “real world” skills. These are skills that employers believe are important for success in whatever job you have, at whatever level of education you received.

2. Know the Market

The second aspect of the Workforce Development curriculum includes activities such as researching your job options and finding important job search information such as “in-demand” jobs, educational requirements, and average pay.

MVI also hosts weekly Job Club meetings that participants attend to learn new job skills, share job leads that they have found, and network with job seekers.

Employers often attend Job Club to discuss their companies and hiring policies in sessions called Career Exploration Workshops.

3. Make the Match

Once you are familiar with your work skills and personality and you have reviewed your options for employment, you can begin to specifically identify careers that are a match for you.

At this part of the process, you will learn and practice interviewing skills and receive assistance developing your resume and cover letter.

Employment and financial coaches also provide advice on appropriate personal presentation and workplace conduct.


This DHS Self-Sufficiency Program is funded in part by a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.