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Every October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) which commemorates all of “the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy.” This year’s theme is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” The NDEAM 2021 theme is especially important because of how…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on September 29, 2021 at 4:00am — No Comments
The traditional way that most people think of when you say “finding a job” goes as follows: A jobseeker needs to find work. They look for job postings that an employer has advertised. Jobseeker comes across an ad, responds to it, gets an interview, and is hopefully hired. Though that tried and true method is still very common, there are non-traditional approaches that are becoming more and more prominent. Read on to learn about some ways to search for a job in…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on September 29, 2021 at 4:14am — No Comments
With the popularity of finding jobs via the Internet, with that also comes increased exposure to job scams. Even the cautious jobseeker is bound to cross paths with a job posting that is too good to be true. There’s no need to feel silly, it can happen to the best of us! Read on to learn some tips on how to avoid getting caught up in a job scam.
As tricky as it may sound, staying away from a potential job scam can be prevented by following some…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on September 1, 2021 at 5:21am — No Comments
An essential part of one’s professional and personal development is by acquiring an internship. There are several reasons why they are important. They can help you discover your interests, connect you with professionals in the industry, all while allowing you to learn in a safe and helpful environment. If you do well at your first internship, it could open the door for you to gain other internship opportunities. You may even be inspired to learn about the…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on August 1, 2021 at 2:11am — No Comments
As a disabled jobseeker myself, when I started out in the workforce I relied on a lot of different community resources and supports to get me where I am today. While there are several places that one can receive guidance and direction for employment, I’m going to highlight a few big ones that are a great place for jobseekers to start.
Starting off our list of resources is Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (VR), a state and federally funded…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on July 1, 2021 at 1:21am — No Comments
After you land your dream job, thanking those who assisted and rooted you along the way is the next best step. The range of support could come from friends, family, professors, colleagues, your references, or anyone in between. How you thank them, when you thank them, and what you say will all be determined based on several factors. Read on below for some tips and pointers on thanking those who have helped you along your employment journey.
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on June 1, 2021 at 5:00am — No Comments
Social media is a very powerful tool that can yield many great things. You can forge connections with long lost friends, keep up with new ones, and showcase your personality and skill. It has become increasingly popular for jobseekers to utilize these various social media platforms to network with like minded individuals, connect with brands and companies they admire, search their next position of employment, and more. Read on for some ways that your social…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on May 1, 2021 at 3:28am — No Comments
In the past we have discussed references in terms of how they relate to your resume and cover letter. Not only are they valuable to include on your resume, but they also play a vital part of building up your own personal network. In order to make that happen, it’s important to really cultivate your connection and relationships with your chosen references. Read on for a few ways to ensure that you achieve that goal!
Even though it may seem like…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on April 1, 2021 at 8:37pm — No Comments
When you think of volunteering you might have a stereotypical vision of a younger person assisting elderly folks or someone wearing an apron and serving food at a homeless shelter or church. While those are all wonderful acts that are designed to help others, there’s so much more to it. Volunteering is one of the best things that a burgeoning professional can do for themself. It can help you hone in on a skill that you may not have known you possessed, allows…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on March 1, 2021 at 3:50am — No Comments
Networking is a very valuable tool to utilize during your job search. A person’s network is comprised of close personal and social contacts, as well as professionals who have become acquainted with you through events, meetings, and various other avenues. These important people can often become the direct link from you to your next career prospect. Read on for some pointers on how to put this into motion.
In much the same way that you can build…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on February 1, 2021 at 7:45pm — No Comments
It is customary for a jobseeker to practice and prepare for their job interview— while it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that they will have a successful interview, it will ensure that the process goes smoother than without there being any preparation at all. The same can be said for following up an interview by adding a personal touch or note of some kind— it won’t ensure an offer of employment, but it can’t hurt, and will better one’s chances! Below I’ll go…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on December 31, 2020 at 7:19am — No Comments
Google is one of the most glorious creations in recent history, not only for its capacity to bring knowledge to users at an alarmingly fast rate, but for its depth of search. If you ever have typed in your name, or those of your loved ones into the popular search engine, you know how much can be brought to the surface for all to view. Photographic documentation of past meals, accomplishments, outings, and even those moments you’d rather forget. Those digital…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on December 1, 2020 at 11:26pm — No Comments
For many in the workforce, getting right into their desired career wasn’t the first stop after graduation. A person’s career trajectory isn’t necessarily linear, there will be an ebb and flow to it. If getting your dream job right away isn’t attainable, or you get laid off, then a great next step is to look into working at a temp agency. While working a position that might only be temporary for you seems absurd when you’re looking to gain experience in a…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on November 1, 2020 at 2:42am — No Comments
Networking can look a little different to every jobseeker. Depending on what industry you’re trying to get established in, your approach may be really hands-on, or more through word of mouth as in the phone, email, or what have you. The topic I’d like to discuss today is another approach to networking called focused networking.
Focused networking is having a heightened sense and awareness of who you want to associate and connect with as you…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on October 1, 2020 at 8:49pm — No Comments
Effective listening is a concept that is integral to receiving gainful employment. Being an attentive listener may seem pretty straight forward, but when it comes to listening in an employment environment, it’s imperative that you’re exceptionally attune to everything that is being communicated. An interviewer will be conveying a lot of information to the interviewee and it is in their best interest to be the best listener that they can…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on September 2, 2020 at 12:09am — No Comments
Last month not only did we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), but we celebrated Disability Pride Month as well. Having lived with a disability my whole life, it has been only this past year that I’ve really come into my own with feeling open and proud of my disability. Since the history…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on August 1, 2020 at 11:46pm — No Comments
Just like clothing, music, and pop culture (to name a few), different industries will undergo trends. These can be anywhere from rebranding a key function of a piece of machinery — let’s say a laptop! — to utilize less material and make it sleeker, to a new style of women’s shirt that was inspired by either a popular celebrity or a figure in pop culture. Trends are varied and are always changing. If you find yourself searching for a new position of employment…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on August 1, 2020 at 10:45pm — No Comments
This summer marks a very huge milestone for the disability community. On July 26, 1990 it will have been 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This very essential and important civil rights law “prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs,…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on July 1, 2020 at 2:30am — No Comments
I know you’re not supposed to make assumptions about the way people conduct their lives, but I’m gonna guess that most folks when they wake up each day put on clothes. Some wear clothing for fashion, style, comfort, practicality, or to send a particular message. Wherever you fall on the scale of preferences on what to wear, there’s one certainty: when it comes to your employment, there’s most certainly some sort of a dress code. A potential employer will gain…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on July 1, 2020 at 1:21am — No Comments
The world has been in turmoil for a while now, and was brought even more to the brink last week after the tragic death of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of a police officer in my hometown of Minneapolis. This tragedy sparked an outrage across the city, state, nation, and world, the masses crying…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on June 5, 2020 at 4:00am — No Comments