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Jim Hasse's Articles

Three Ways to Identify Workplaces That Are Truly Inclusive

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.

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How to Navigate Applicant Tracking Systems

An applicant tracking system (ATS) is software employers use to filter job applications automatically based on a given set of criteria (such as former employers, relevant experience and education levels).

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Managing Emotions: A Critical Skill for Jobseekers with a Disability

People are wired to fight or flee when they encounter what they perceive to be a threatening situation. In fact, our brains are designed to respond emotionally first -- and rationally only second -- when we step out of our comfort zone and experience stress.

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The Art of Negotiating Acceptable Accommodations

It’s an important hurdle that you, as a jobseeker with a disability, will likely face: trying to negotiate accommodations with a new employer who may lack information about the particular assistive technology that you need to perform well in your new job.

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Today’s Job Market in Transition: The Big Picture

Many times during the last five years I’ve heard top government officials and business leaders say this:

“Our current high U.S. unemployment rate is, in part, due to a mismatch between available jobs and the available skill sets in today’s labor market. Jobseekers often lack needed skills, and, therefore, become a part of the long-term unemployed.”

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Seven Ways to Battle Discouragement While Seeking Your First Job

You finished school last year, and you’re still looking for a job. You’re excited about “getting out into the real world” after devoting so many years to studying and preparing for your career. Yet, you’re apprehensive because you don’t know, perhaps for the first time in your life, what’s going to come next.

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Be Flexible in Where You Look for a Job

On average, there are now an estimated 11 well-qualified candidates for every available job opening in the U.S., according to William Arruda, who is a personal brand strategist, speaker and author.

So, how do you get an entry-level job that's right for you in the face of all that competition, especially when you also have a disability? Here’s one strategy: Uncover mainstream work situations which offer reduced competition from other jobseekers.

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Being Engaged as an Employee Can Be Your Competitive Advantage

Only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to a September 2013 Gallup report.

The research firm's 142-country study defines engagement as those "psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations." That number is up from 11 percent in 2010. Sixty three percent are not engaged, "meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals and outcomes."

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Take Advantage of These Three Job Market Trends

Three major trends in the work world have recently sparked my interest because I think they may have long-range, major implications for jobseekers with disabilities.

These major trends are: the rapid rise of robotics, the pervasiveness of STEM(M) careers in today’s job opportunities and the increasing value of empathy in the skill sets sought by today’s employers.

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How to Thrive in a Temporary Employment Job Market

For almost a year now, I've been in denial. I've been quietly and privately lamenting the trend toward temporary and contract employment in today's job market - and imagining all the negatives it poses for jobseekers, especially those of us with disabilities.

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