October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! The Office of Disability Employment Policy in the Department of Labor puts on this annual campaign, which “celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents” (National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2018, n.d.).

How did NDEAM begin?

NDEAM began in 1945. The campaign was established by President Truman after World War II as many individuals with disabilities returned home and needed work (National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2018, n.d.).

Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

There are countless benefits to hiring individuals with disabilities, such as:

    • Creating “an inclusive and diverse workplace culture” (Lindsay, S., Cagliostro, E., Albarico, M. et al., 2018, p.17)
    • Higher customer loyalty & satisfaction (Lindsay, S., Cagliostro, E., Albarico, M. et al., 2018, p.17)
    • Increased profits & cost-effectiveness (Lindsay, S., Cagliostro, E., Albarico, M. et al., 2018, p.15)
    • Higher retention & less turnover (Lindsay, S., Cagliostro, E., Albarico, M. et al., 2018, p.15)
    • Playing a role in ensuring individuals with disabilities have equal access to the workforce!

Are you an employer wondering how you can engage in NDEAM? Click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Office of Disability Employment Policy

 

Sources:

Lindsay, S., Cagliostro, E., Albarico, M. et al. J Occupational Rehabilitation (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10926-018-9756-z

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2018. (n.d.). In Office of Disability Employment Policy. Retrieved from https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/

Spiff up your resume!

Looking for a job can be very overwhelming. One thing that job seekers constantly ask themselves is “where do I begin?” A lot of people do not want to leave their current job because they have NO idea where to begin with updating their resumes. A resume is tool that is designed to get you the interview.

Did you know that hiring managers usually take less than 15 seconds to look review your resume? Your resume is the hiring manager’s first impression of you. You want to take the time to make sure it is a good one. Make sure that …

  1. Your current contact information is ALWAYS located at the top of your resume.
  2. Your employment history gives detailed information about your work experience.
  3. Your experience is displayed in chronological format. Include your job title for each position listed, the employers’ names, and the dates you worked. List your accomplishments.
  4. Use a functional resume format that focuses on your functional skill areas.
  5. Highlight your competencies. For example: extensive retail and customer service experience, ability to multi-task and prioritize, enjoy working with and helping others.
  6. Customize your resume for each position by including key words targeted to each.
  7. Use bullet points and concise language to help make it easier to read.

Finally, there are some common mistakes that you can easily avoid!

  • Do make sure you meet basic requirements for the position
  • Do not include false information on your resume
  • Do not include personal or health information
  • Do not use more than 2 fonts
  • Do not use clip art or photos
  • Do not include salary information
  • Do make sure you SPELL CHECK!

For more information, check out the Goodwill Community Foundation’s tips on resume writing.