Friday, June 28, 2013

Details & Info: NFB Job Seekers Seminar & Job Fair.

National Federation of the Blind Employment Committee

Dear Convention Attendees,
This is the agenda for the NFB Job Seeker Seminar, which will be held in on Monday, July 1 in room W203A, Convention Center, level 2.  The convention center is directly accessible from the hotel.  This will give each person the basics needed to get a good job.  There will also be a special presentation by, which has worked with the NFB to make all of its systems completely accessible to blind people.  The seminar will be followed by a Job Fair, with 14 employers in attendance, all of whom are interested in hiring blind people.  See you there!
Dick Davis, Chair
2013 Job Seeker Seminar Agenda

8:30 to 8:45: Overview, introductions, expectations

8:45 to 9:10 - Are You Ready?
            a. Blindness skills in place
            b. Know what you want to do
            c. Economic factors
            d. Transportation worked out

9:10 to 9:55 - Tools in Place?
            a. Resume [discussion], paper and electronic formats
            b. Sample cover letter
            c. Elevator speech
            d. Reasonable accommodations [discussion]
            e. References and reference letters
            f. Portfolio of work samples

9:55 to 10:25 - How to Apply
            a. Employer research
            b. Cold calling and script
            c. Networking and elevator speech
            d. Via U.S. Mail
            e. Electronic job search methods and tools

10:25 to 11:20 - Interviewing breakout sessions (note: we will break up into individual groups, and each group facilitator will handle the following subjects.)
            a. Common interview questions
            b. Talking about blindness and reasonable accommodations
            c. Key questions: Why should an employer hire you, or any blind person?  Why           would you be better than a sighted person?
            d. Clothes, grooming, and body language
            e. Asking for the job
            f. Thank you letter and follow-up contacts
            g. Recordkeeping

11:20 to 12:20 – – a fully accessible job seeking resource for blind people, Ilya Shubik, Director Information Systems, Monster Worldwide. 

12:20 to 12:30 – Questions, wrap-up, and announcements

Note: NFB Job Fair begins at 2 p.m. in adjoining room. 

 National Federation of the Blind Employment Committee

Dear Federationists,
 For the first time in many years, the NFB Employment Committee is hosting a job fair at the NFB National Convention.  It will be in room W203A, Orlando Convention Center, level 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013.   This is an updated list of employers who will be present to tell you about their organizations, you’re your resume, and even interview you on the spot.  They want to hire blind people.  Please come!

Dick Davis, Chair. 
2013 Job Fair Employer List

Allison Hilliker and Anne Naftel, Bookshare Collection Development Associates

Cleveland Sight Center Call Center
Brook Dowdy, Career Advocate

Hadley School for the Blind
Douglas Anzlovar, Dean of Educational Program and Instruction

Industries for the Blind, Inc.
Danielle Creapeau, Social Media Coordinator

Minnesota State Services for the Blind
Angela Christle, Rehabilitation Counselor

National Statler Center / Olmsted Center for Sight
Elhanna Porter, Placement Specialist

New Mexico Commission for the Blind
Lucy Alexander, Director, Alamogordo Orientation Center

NFB Training Centers: BLIND, Inc., Colorado Center for the Blind, and Louisiana Center for the Blind
Shawn Mayo, Julie Deden, and Pam Allen or their designees

Perkins School for the Blind
Jeremias Feliz, Technology Trainer

The Piano Technology Group
Don Mitchell

Mary Smith, Vice-president

U.S. Coast Guard (CG-1212)
Erika Crawford, Office of Civilian Human Resources

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Melody Roane, Director, Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind & Vision Impaired

World Services for the Blind
Dr. Larry Dickerson, Chief Executive Officer


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