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...
Have you heard of the new 'Ban the Box' initiative? It's aim is to improve ex-offenders employment opportunities, which have been bleak for many years. This could also be good news for some people with disabilities in improving their employment prospects.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.