We encourage employment specialists to visit and build relationships with as many employers in their area as possible to learn about the different types of opportunities available.  Programs in rural communities have been as successful as those in urban areas.  Getting to know each job seeker’s personality, strengths, interests and support systems is critical.  Family members and other natural supports are key contributors to the process because they’ve often known the person longer than anyone else and they have their own network that can help you gain access to more employers.