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March is the time each year for observing Brain Injury Awareness Month, led by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). According to the BIAA, there are more than 5.3 million people in the United States who are living with a permanent brain injury-related disability— which comes out to about 1 in every 60 people. For the…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on March 1, 2021 at 5:22am — 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
Before you get to the point of performing, presenting, or staging something, you’ll want to rehearse beforehand. The same applies to an interview with a potential employer. If you read on below, there are several ways that you can get yourself prepared for the real deal!
The old saying “practice makes perfect” comes from a place of truth. The more that you work at something the greater chance of success that you’ll have. When it comes to your…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on June 5, 2020 at 3:55am — No Comments
While the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause stress and sadness the world over, I thought it would be appropriate to provide some helpful information for members to use as a resource during these trying times. This month I am featuring resources from the American Civil…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on May 1, 2020 at 3:47am — No Comments
One of the most crucial aspects of the job search is doing your research, especially before an interview with a potential future employer. It not only gives you an edge over other candidates if you have an extensive amount of knowledge because you will appear dedicated and invested, but it will allow the conversation during the interview to have an added layer of depth.
When I was actively searching for employment post college I would make it a…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on May 1, 2020 at 3:22am — No Comments
In these uncertain times we are currently facing, there’s one thing for certain: no one is exempt from the effects of the coronavirus. Whether you’ve lost your job due to layoffs, are stuck in your home, separated from your dearest loved ones, fear for your health and sanity, or are experiencing symptoms of sickness, it’s quite clear that these days past, present, and to come will be riddled with added stress. We’ve had to adapt as a globe, as a human race, on…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on April 1, 2020 at 2:32am — No Comments
This is a very basic lesson taught to the majority of folks when they’re growing up: don’t talk badly about others; if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all; treat others how you wish to be treated, etc. And the list goes on! Not only is it recommended to generally speak pleasantly about others in life, but the same applies to on the job, and most importantly, during the interview.
As you’ve all heard before, the interview is often…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on April 1, 2020 at 2:23am — No Comments
There are different ways that humans connect. It can happen with words and conversations, through touch and affirming handshakes, through hearing and verbal cues. Another really important way that individuals connect is through eye contact. The old adage goes that the eyes are the windows to the soul. As cheesy and cliche as that may sound, there’s truth to it which I’ll discuss below.
When you agree to an interview with a potential employer,…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on March 1, 2020 at 4:47am — No Comments
Last month I addressed traveling for work if you have a disability, and this month I’ll continue the trend with air travel. A little over a week ago I returned from Los Angeles so air travel is still pretty heavy on my mind. In a perfect world, traveling with a disability (in my case, a physical one) would be flawless and smooth and require very little worry. But anyone in my position knows this is hardly ever the case. From seat accommodations to medical…Continue
Added by Adrienne Kleinman on February 1, 2020 at 11:39pm — No Comments