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Jim Hasse's Articles

Getting Help through an Employee Assistance Program

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?  

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Your ePortfolio: Essential Job Marketing Tool

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.

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How Business Plans for Small Businesses Have Changed

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?  

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What You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own Business

Have you ever considered starting your own business? Being self-employed carries as many benefits as it does risks. We've all heard the statistic of 50% of businesses failing within their first year. So what can you do to improve your chances of success? As a business owner with a disability, who successfully made the leap into self-employment himself, Jim Hasse shares valuable tips for anyone thinking about launching a startup. 

 

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Living the Future: New Developments in Assistive Technology

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. 

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How to Choose an On-the-Job Mentor Who Is Right for You

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.

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How to Find a Career That Excites You

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. 

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Create and Achieve Your Big Dreams

It's important to have goals for yourself: both short term and long term. If you can't envision where you want to be- you'll never get there. Sometimes our dreams can seem unrealistic or out of reach. Or you may not be sure of what your dream is. But whatever you would like to do, it will most likely involve both successes and setbacks.

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How to Develop your “Elevator Speech”

Can you sum up your business value in 15 seconds? In just about every industry self-presentation is vital, particularly if others' instant assumptions about you are bias and false. Preparing and practicing your 'sales pitch' can be the difference between getting hired or not. Learn how to identify your core values, skills and goals to ensure you always start off every networking opportunity from a strong position.

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It’s Time to Tap Into your Dependable Strengths

Have you heard of Dr. Bernard Haldane's Dependable Strengths Articulation Process (DSAP)? Identifying and understanding your valuable and unique personal strengths is crucial to confidently navigating the hiring process and showing your value to prospective employers. The Dependable Strengths Program is particularly benefiting college students as they transition into the working world.

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