GettingHired offered a strongly attended virtual career fair on October 1st for individuals and Veterans with disabilities. Over 900 job seekers signed up for the event, in order to speak with 23 of our inclusive employer partners.
During the 3-hour session almost 800 conversations took place between job seekers and our employer partners, potentially leading to follow up interviews and hires for the company's open positions.
Our virtual career fair offered our employers exclusive access to directly connect with job seekers with disabilities, across a variety of industries.
Based on excellent attendance and wonderful feedback from both job seekers and employers over the two virtual career fairs, held this year, GettingHired will continue to offer this service throughout 2015.
On October 1st, we also announced our employer partners' participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), 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.
The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
"We all have a role to play in — and benefit to gain from — increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities. This year's theme encapsulates this in three powerful words. It conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It's about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation," said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy when announcing this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, which is "Expect. Employ. Empower."
Reflecting this year's theme, throughout the month, GettingHired will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate its employers and job seekers on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture. These efforts include a Virtual Career Fair for individuals and Veterans with disabilities to kick off the month, an educational webinar on job seeker frustrations, and blog articles written to both our employer partners and job seekers.
"GettingHired and our employer partners are proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said Adam Streets, Director of Marketing, GettingHired. "We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disabilities."
Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/.
Our participating employer partners include: