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October 2017 Blog Posts (9)


In 2006, when I was a senior in college, there was more emphasis on getting internship than preparing for an interview. Today, it’s the same mentality with perhaps more resources and emphasis on drafting a well-formatted resume. Yes, universities and career development offices are still helping college student learn how to present themselves, and answer the question “tell me about yourself.”

However, in my 10+ years of working with, advising, and interviewing college students,  there…


Added by Kevin O'Connell on October 27, 2017 at 9:49am — No Comments

Understanding Accessible and Assistive Technology

By Jennie Delisi

Why Did You Choose that Word?

So many words, some with similar meanings – why do we need to be specific? Accessibility, features in apps that may assist people with disabilities, assistive technology, accommodations…these words are often used interchangeably, but they are not necessarily the same.

Technology has made huge gains in supporting individuals with disabilities to be more independent but not all of us have kept up with the current…


Added by Great Lakes ADA Center on October 25, 2017 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Thinking About a Career in the Arts? - Let's Get Started

Hi, I’m Craig Dunn, Executive Director of VSA Minnesota, the state organization on arts and disability.  Some of you may have heard me in the“Practical Steps to Making a Career in the Arts Possible” webinar that was presented on November 12 in 2015 and that can still be found on Punch-In!’s Webinar Archives in the Video Library.  If you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out.  I have worked in…


Added by Craig Dunn on October 23, 2017 at 9:21am — 3 Comments

EFolios: A Useful Trend

Online Portfolios, often termed efolios, have been around for years. However, they are becoming the trend for career related exposure. This concept allows you to demonstrate your “personal brand” and to showcase your resume, educational and training background, examples of your work, and more.

A common college based efolio option was called efoliomn, which has been rebranded to myefolio. This site offered a systematic option for college students to engage in the process by…


Added by Erika J. Kluge on October 15, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Success on the Job with Assistive Technology

Once you have a job, it is important to be able to meet your employer’s expectations. Assistive technology (AT) can play a vital role in success on the job. A wide range of AT can be used to support essential work performance, such as being on time, communicating, and staying organized. I would like to share some highlights from a webinar I gave recently with my colleague, Paul, on succeeding on the job with technology that boosts the skills employers want. We…


Added by Sarah Giffen-Hunter on October 12, 2017 at 6:10am — 1 Comment

Click Here for Your Best Life!

This is an exciting time in history to be starting out in life and career. We are told we can have it all and the truth is the possibilities are endless. More connected than any generation before us, we can find out information and resources from around the globe and even have our groceries delivered all with a few clicks. But, with this steady flow of options and opportunity, also comes the heavy weight of so many overwhelming questions to be answered. The path you choose has many twists…


Added by Anna Gouker on October 11, 2017 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

Authenticity Is Important To Me

Every day, I work alongside my colleagues towards greater levels of inclusion for talent with disabilities.  In my workplace, people refer to me as Becky. Being a little person helps me bring a diverse perspective to the job and it’s just a part of who I am.

Growing up with dwarfism, I’m only one of 30,000 people with dwarfism living in the United States. The day I was born was the first time that my parents were in a hospital room with a dwarf or little person.  Previously, they only…


Added by Becky Curran on October 10, 2017 at 9:54am — No Comments

The Perfect Day... 10 Years From Now

The perfect day 10 years from now in the eyes of The Niche Movement founder, Kevin O'Connell.

About a month ago in early March, while on my commute into the office, I put my headphones in and pressed play on one of Tim Ferriss’s new podcastepisodes with Debbie Millman. I’m a fan of Tim’s podcast and…


Added by Giuliana Sercu on October 9, 2017 at 9:15am — No Comments

Employment Tips: Keep A Schedule

This month we will continue to highlight from a topic heading from our archive of Digital Employment Tips which you will find on our website. These topics range from Application, Attitude, Cover Letter/Resume, Disability Issues, Interview, Networking, and Work Experience. For this entry I will be discussing from the second section from the topic heading Attitude, specifically Keep A Schedule--a concept that is so important in order to achieve success, but can be challenging to stick to,…


Added by Adrienne Kleinman on October 1, 2017 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

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