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Our employer partners are interested in hiring and retaining the best-qualified job seekers with disabilities for their company’s workforce.
A strong employer brand is an important part of any business, but when it comes to attracting and retaining professionals with disabilities, successfully positioning your company to speak directly to this community can pay off immensely.
Kellogg Company’s commitment to diversity can be traced back to their founder, W.K. Kellogg, who was a pioneer in employing women in the workplace and reaching across cultural boundaries. The company continues his legacy more than 100 years later by making diversity and inclusion top priorities.
Career opportunities at City of Hope are as diverse as they are rewarding, challenging, and meaningful. Whether your skills lie in the fields of business, science, medicine, or support service, City of Hope’s steadfast mission and extraordinary management will allow you to do your best and most personally fulfilling work.
Speaking to an employer about PTSD can be intimidating, but doing so can be a positive experience, if done correctly. Read our new blog to learn some tips!
The Kraft Heinz Company is laser-focused on hiring top talent who want to be owners. Owners of their career, owners of their personal results, and owners of The Kraft Heinz Company. Owners deliver results and continuously raise the bar for themselves and their teams.
Small businesses should consider the benefits of partnering with a third-party disability partner like GettingHired to help with diversity initiatives.
Organizations with an eye for the future should always be on the lookout for the best graduates who can help to build their employer brand and expand their business in the years ahead. This means developing engagement programs that reach out to young people from all backgrounds and college students with disabilities are a key demographic that should not be overlooked. Read this new blog to learn three tips for recruiting college students with disabilities.
Diversity and inclusivity in the workplace is something that continues to be a hot topic among organizations across the US, and now a new report has revealed positive change is taking place that shows companies are not simply paying lip service to this idea. The latest National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report for December 2016 has highlighted slow but steady improvement in the prospects for job seekers with disabilities across the country at present.
In order to compete in today's candidate driven job market, companies need to understand how to successfully attract and recruit the brightest talent from the largest segment of the workforce: millennials. Through effective use of both technology and branding, you can position your company as the employer of choice for millennial talent with and without disabilities.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has released its new Job Outlook 2017 report for new graduates entering the job market this year. Using data from nationwide employer surveys, the annual report forecasts key job market trends and graduate employment opportunities for the upcoming year. Read our summary of the key findings to help you in your career planning.
Employee Assistance Programs have been around since the 1970's, and although they have been widely adopted by small and large companies, many employees don't take full advantage of them. What exactly can these free services support you with as an employee with a disability?
There are lots of ways you can ensure your skills stay up to date while you're searching for employment. Not only will investing in your skills improve your chances of gaining employment, but it will also give you a positive focus when discussing employment gaps to potential employers.
It's almost decision time! The disability vote can have a big impact on the election results and organizations across the country have been encouraging voters with disabilities to make their voice heard. We look at the major issues and policies most affecting individuals and veterans with disabilities, some of which both Clinton and Trump respond to.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! Many of GettingHired's Employer Partners are joining in the nationwide celebrations recognizing the value workers with disabilities add to the workforce. Find out why NDEAM is important and how our employers are getting involved.
Make Life Matter at MetLife. To be a world-class organization, MetLife needs world-class talent. The unique backgrounds and fresh perspectives our employees bring to the workplace allow us to have a competitive edge wherever we do business around the globe. MetLife.com/Careers
Online career fairs are a quick and easy way to stand out from the hundreds of other applicants and really get an employer's attention. But without the right preparation, it can turn into a race against the clock to relay your professional value while also getting useful information about the company's career prospects. GettingHired is holding a free online career fair on October 5th for job seekers with disabilities to connect with inclusive employers, actively looking for talented candidates with disabilities. Maximize your online career fair experience using this 5 step checklist...
Having a digital portfolio is a must for ensuring your work is as accessible as possible to all hiring employers searching for candidates with your skills. So what impression does your ePortfolio give to potential employers? Use this checklist to ensure your online portfolio is attracting as many career opportunities as possible.
Once you have an idea for your business, what next? Creating a solid business plan is the very foundation of your business. It will help you map every part and ensure you've done the research and planning necessary for every phase. But are traditional business plan formats still relevant to today's entrepreneur?
The recruitment process has hugely changed since the start of the 21st century, along with employers' expectations of candidates. But has this affected the use of cover letters?
Have you ever considered a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field? With the technology revolution, STEM related skills and qualifications are in high demand across almost all industries! Newly created and existing jobs globally, are becoming increasingly data driven and reliant on new technology for economic growth, and being tech savvy is fast becoming an expectation of candidates....
Veteran hiring has become a big topic for employers over the last five years. 2014 saw a record low of the U.S. veteran unemployment rate for the last eight years, with job opportunities opening up particularly within federal contracting companies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this has continued to drop and businesses are beginning to recognize the value veterans can bring to their business objectives. We take a look at some of the unique qualities that veterans can bring...
Technology has dramatically changed our lives and new developments and capabilities are being created faster than ever before. A lot of these new technologies function as assistive technology, benefiting thousands of people with disabilities around the world. And with an ever expanding life expectancy, the population of people with disabilities will only continue to expand also. We take a look at some of the most exciting technology and what it means for individuals with disabilities today.
Are you considering returning to work after taking time out from employment? It can be difficult transitioning back into the working world. Where do you start? How should you address your absence with new employers? Use these five tips to help make the transition smoother...
U.S. Navy veteran Ed Crenshaw is an active disability advocate and regular GettingHired blogger. With years of expertise in the veteran and disability space, as a consultant, author and radio host, Ed's career has always been centered on diversity and inclusion. It wasn't until recently, that Ed became an individual with a disability himself. He shares his personal story with us.
Having the guidance and support of a mentor can really boost your career prospects, regardless of your level of experience. You can gain valuable insight into a particular company or field, that would otherwise take you months or years to learn on your own. There are mentorship programs across the country that students and recent graduates can get involved in, and even programs specifically for people with disabilities. But anyone can build a mentoring relationship with peers, whose careers or experience you admire. Here are some factors to keep in mind, when you're searching for a mentor that's right for you.
Leaving education to enter the working world can be a real culture shock! Navigating the job market independently, with little employment experience is no easy task. But you can make it much easier for yourself by planning ahead while you're still a student. College career services are available to all students and provide free expert guidance to help you in planning your future. You can access many career building opportunities through their resources, like graduate focused job fairs, career assessments and employers actively recruiting from your college. Make sure you are tapping into all your college offers.
Job seekers today place much more importance on job satisfaction and meaning than previous generations. But in reality, few people have 'a calling' in life. For many people, it's difficult to identify a job or vocation that feels right for them. How do you know if a job is right for you? These six steps can help get you on the right path.
Are you a veteran transitioning back into civilian life? Have you considered returning to education? Depending on your career goal, updating or expanding your qualifications can lead to increased opportunities. 'Yellow Ribbon' Colleges could make this a better option for you.
The recruitment landscape has changed dramatically over the last 5-10 years. Is your job search strategy still relevant? As we head into 2016, we look at six new trends over the last year, that you should be staying up to date with to make your search for employment a success.
"Veterans Employment Challenges" is a compelling study completed by Prudential Corporation that featured various demographics of returning military service men and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America between December 2011 and January 2012 . While 2,453 veterans were questioned, the majority of the survey's participants represented post - 9-11 and Gulf War veterans.
You are off to your initial employment interview with a recruiter or manager for an exciting position with a new prospective organization. Personally, you feel very confident, upbeat and positive about your resumé, your professional qualifications for the job, your ability to perform, and making a new transition.
LinkedIn is a modern, popular and effective social media network tool for professionals of all backgrounds, demographics and industries. The website services are generally free (with some added bonuses for a modest fee) and allows individuals the opportunity to create a professional media profile of themselves that can illustrate one's current and past employment history.
Are you using LinkedIn but are not sure if it’s helping? Whether you’re actively looking for a job or are happily employed, how do you really know if your LinkedIn profile is good, and if it will help get you hired when you need it to?
As most veterans are acutely aware, all separating military service members will receive a government issued DD-214 discharge paper when officially leaving the service and returning to civilian status. Most military enlisted members are typically bound to completing a term of enlistment. However, there are other ways of voluntary or involuntarily separating from active-duty military status, including separating prior to completing a typical 4-year term enlistment obligation.
When you’re preparing for an interview, you expect to be asked certain questions about your education, professional experience, and other qualifications. While it’s important to be prepared to answer those questions, it’s also important to be prepared in case you are asked some tougher- and less predictable- questions.
For many transitioning veterans, negotiating and making decisions on proposed civilian employee benefit packages is truly a different world. While in the military, a veteran can easily become comfortable and accustomed to an abundance of free health and dental care, legal services, housing benefits, the GI Bill for those interested in continuing education, along with a list of other perks that are generally included with their enlistment.
Most people develop typical, generic employment resumes that are often headlined with a basic cover-letter, a generally desired occupation, basic job descriptions and a general break down of previous experiences that should help qualify them for most industry-related job opportunities.
Does your job search process consist of seeing how many job applications you can send off each day? If you fall into the category of job seekers who have applied for hundreds of jobs and haven’t heard back on any of them, there’s a reason why you’re not being successful in your search.
If I hire the wrong person for my team who doesn’t show results or ends up to be the “wrong fit,” my credibility as a people manager among my fellow vice presidents (and the CEO, my boss) will be on the line.
That’s the nagging feeling I always had as a hiring manager whenever I needed to add or replace a person on my team. And I believe that’s a fairly common concern for anyone in a position of making a hiring decision today.
Homelessness among military veterans is a growing problem and a prominent national issue that is widely viewed as shameful and preventable to most Americans. The 2012 Annual Homeless Assessment report (prepared by HUD) estimates that there were more than 62,619 homeless veterans on a single night during January in the United States.
A job interview can be stressful, especially when it’s for a job you really want. After all the preparation, you make it through the interview. Chances are, before you even get into the car to head home, you start thinking about it…replaying the entire interview in your head, trying to decide if it went well or not.
Being prepared for that transition is vital, if we are to be seriously considered for promotions (even though we may be considered to be “different” due to our disabilities). Taking personal responsibility for being ready to take the next step in our advancement can give us a jump on other candidates for an open position.
Generally speaking, there are various transition enhancement programs available for returning veterans such as the 2011 President's Executive Order 13518, "Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force." This measure is specifically designed to bolster recruitment and employment by providing various tax credits and other incentives to employers that hire deserving returning veterans. There is also the Department of Defense's "Transition Assistance Program" (TAP), that trains separating veterans on crossing the cultural bridge to the civilian world.
Candidates with disabilities are more open to Part-Time or Temporary employment compared to candidates without disabilities based on a recent survey conducted by GettingHired.
The more focused you are when searching for a job, the more likely you are to end up with a job that fits your needs and meets your expectations. If you know the key elements that a job must have in order for you to be happy, you can narrow your search to include only companies that provide those essentials.
Have you ever wondered what happens to your application, after you submit to a job? What do hiring managers and recruiters do with all of the applications? Why do I never hear back from the business I just applied to?
The goal of this past webinar was to help our job seekers understand the process of what happens to their applications, identify the best positions to apply to, understand how a recruiter identifies potential candidates and how GettingHired takes additional steps to assist the job seeker in getting noticed.
The secret to my success in business comes down this: I’ve had an opportunity to use my personal happiness as a stepping stone to forging links between people in my workplace.
The moment has arrived. You are currently applying for an employment position with a new organization and you inevitably reach the part of the job application that asks for self- identification and voluntary disclosure of any disabilities. Before answering the question(s), you instantly pause as your mind imagines the possibilities of how your personal health information may be interpreted by the prospective employer... you wonder, if your condition could somehow subject you to being ostracized and treated differently than any of your future employee counterparts?
Imagine how long your job search would take if after every job you applied for, you stopped and waited to hear back before applying for another one.
If I had to select one word which describes what it’s like to grow up with a lifelong disability, it would be “fear.”
As a child, I feared being left by my parents with others -- even with a familiar baby sitter.
I remember the panic I felt one evening when I was left in a church pew alone because my parents temporarily stepped out of the sanctuary.
Dr. Philip S. Wang, of the National Institute of Mental Health Alliance for Research Progress in Bethesda, MD states, "Some data is emerging that employer interventions can improve productivity and reduce employee turnover ..."
The end of the year is a time to reflect on the past and set goals for the year to come. If you are in the middle of a job search or are considering making a job change in the year ahead, now is a great time to start planning it out.
According to the National Council on Disability’s 2008 study, “Achieving Independence: The Challenge of the 21st Century,” the most commonly cited reason among employers for not hiring people with disabilities is a “lack of qualified applicants.”
Searching for a job can be challenging, and being out of work can take its toll on even the most positive-thinking people. When your search is taking longer than you had hoped it would, it’s easy to start questioning yourself- your skills, your experience, even your personality. Your job is a big part of your identity, and when you are unemployed, it’s easy to feel a little bit lost.
A recent PEW study titled, "The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life," surveyed 1,853 male and female 'post 9/11' veterans to discover their perspectives on the level of difficulty associated with transitioning and readjusting from the military to civilian life. The results of the study produced some startling data...
Today’s job search is all about networking, and using social media is one of the best ways to build your network.
More veterans are utilizing VA and medical facilities to help treat some catastrophic battlefield conditions and regain functionality for basic ambulatory functions such as walking, holding and placing objects, along with sight functions. Many medical innovators are discovering more creative and technological ways to help restore a person's ability to live a somewhat 'normal' and comfortable lifestyle after combat.
Are you a motivated jobseeker ready to break accessibility barriers (particularly in terms of available transportation and accessible technology) you may face in your effort to gain employment that is meaningful and rewarding?
GettingHired had a chance to interview Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), at the U.S. Department of Labor, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Eighty percent of candidates with disabilities say they use general job boards. Yet, only 29% said they got their last job via a general job board. Niche job boards provide some unique advantages to both job seekers and employers.
Today we announce our employer partners participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
GettingHired’s virtual career fair is your chance to connect directly with recruiters from companies, who are hiring for a number of open positions. The career fair lasts for several hours, but there is a time limit for conversations with recruiters, so you need to be prepared.
One of the marks of leadership is how flexible you are in working with people to effectively get a job done as an employee, coworker or supervisor. For me, that flexibility means knowing when to step up, when to step aside and when to step down on the job for the benefit of the corporate endeavor.
There is a sea of information relating to how service members can translate their skills to the civilian workforce and improve their resumes. The information can be confusing and conflicting; colleges, employers, and placement advocacy entities all have different, if not contradicting, information.
For a long time, those of us dealing with disability employment issues have realized that individuals with a disability can add a valuable perspective to corporate efforts in the mainstream business world.
That message has had a difficult time getting public attention, but that may be changing.
Starting a new job can be exciting, but I don’t know if anyone actually looks forward to the work it takes to get a new job. Even if you’re out of work, the process of searching, applying, and interviewing for a job can be exhausting.
Most organizations strive to be equal opportunity employers and with the help of various EEO compliance measures and diversity awareness campaigns, many employers now see the proven attributes and benefits of hiring returning veterans and other people with physical and mental health disabilities. Generally speaking, most people with physical and mental challenges do a great job and make great employees.
The key to getting paid what you’re worth by a prospective employer is to sell yourself first to the hiring manager and talk about money and benefits later, according to Lee Miller (www.employability-expert.com), a career/executive coach and human resources consultant.
It’s no surprise that good communication skills are a requirement included in most job postings. We know that communication skills are extremely important, both professionally and personally, but verbal communication isn’t all you have to consider when applying for a job. Whether you are aware of it or not, your nonverbal communication- your body language, specifically- has an extreme impact on how others perceive you as well.
As a jobseeker, there are three benchmarks you can use to measure the effectiveness of a prospective employer’s work diversity record and inclusion efforts.
Of course, many organizations intend to put their diversity values into day-to-day practice so they can effectively integrate qualified people with disabilities into their workplaces. Most have good intentions. But actual practice doesn’t always follow intent.
We were delighted to have TaKeisha Bobbitt, Managing Director, at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), who presented on the topic: Where to Begin the Job Search
Looking for a job can sometimes feel like a full-time job in itself. The hours you put into your search efforts can really add up, sometimes leaving you feeling burnt out. Whether you’re currently employed and are looking for another job, or you have unexpectedly found yourself in the position of needing to find a new job immediately, anything you can do to streamline your search will make the process much easier.
An applicant tracking system (ATS) is software employers use to filter job applications automatically based on a given set of criteria (such as former employers, relevant experience and education levels).
Let us help you take that first step and join us for a free educational webinar hosted by the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) and GettingHired.com, where we will demystify the topic of "Where to Begin the Job Search".
Graduating from college is a huge milestone. After the years of working to make it to this point, many graduates assume they will, in turn, be rewarded with a great job.
Finding a job is a difficult task, especially for recent graduates with little experience and in a competitive job market where older employees are working longer and leaving fewer job openings.
Consulting firm Towers Watson states, “Top-performing companies create a sustainable [Employee Value Proposition] EVP and total rewards strategy based on the needs, demographics and preferences of their workforce.” As such, employers seeking to attract people with disabilities to their positions should understand the unique needs of this audience.
People are wired to fight or flee when they encounter what they perceive to be a threatening situation. In fact, our brains are designed to respond emotionally first -- and rationally only second -- when we step out of our comfort zone and experience stress.
GettingHired.com’s Online Career Expo is a unique and accessible opportunity for individuals and veterans with disabilities to engage with our inclusive employer partners in real-time.
The Online Career Expo will provide attendees with the chance to directly connect with GettingHired’s exclusive employer partners, who are actively looking to hire to expand and diversify their workforce.
Only 55% of candidates with disabilities disclose their disability prior to receiving a job offer, according to a survey GettingHired conducted of 328 job seekers with disabilities in late 2013. This poses a problem to employers actively focused on hiring and retaining workers with disabilities. If employers do not know candidates are disabled, how can they measure their progress?
In late 2013, GettingHired conducted a survey of 328 job seekers with disabilities. The results reveal several areas where employers that hire people with disabilities could improve including, Accessibility, Disability Friendliness, Discrimination, and Communication.
There could be any number of reasons why you’re searching for a job. Maybe you just graduated, maybe you were laid off, or maybe you’re not happy in your current job or even in your career. Whatever the reason, each job search comes with its own set of hurdles. One could be that you find yourself overqualified for the positions you’re seeking.
It’s an important hurdle that you, as a jobseeker with a disability, will likely face: trying to negotiate accommodations with a new employer who may lack information about the particular assistive technology that you need to perform well in your new job.