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The opportunity for people with disabilities to become leaders in the workplace is a chance not to show your skills, but to provide a team with insight, confidence and excellent networking in the city of Chicago. When the inaugural group of the ADA25 Advancing Leadership program was launched 2 years ago, I saw such a great opportunity for people with disabilities and the civic engagement community to learn from each other, and the chance to learn about all facets of diversity.

The Chicago Community Trust diversity pipeline does not just talk about people with disabilities, but diversity encompasses race, gender, ethnic groups, age, personality, tenure, organizational function, education and background.


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With our low unemployment rate across the board for US citizens, people with disabilities have been seeing results that bring optimism in finding not just a job, but an ideal job. After missing out on an opportunity that you were excited about, rejection seeps in and it is tough for anyone to be rejected.

As you have that sinking feeling of rejection, you are not alone. Many business leaders have been rejected many times with their ideas, only to analyze what can be better in their ideas or even abandoned the idea altogether. When it boils down to is, successful people extract lessons from rejection, not stew about it.

There are many questions you can ask internally that would have made you the best candidate to fill the position.


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Hello Everyone,

I know it has been some time since I’ve posted a blog post, but I’m back and ready to discuss my experience with attending my first discussion panel focusing on inclusion for people with disabilities within the work place. The purpose of this panel was to highlight three different individuals who have disabilities, and for them to provide the attendees from various companies and organizations with insight into their experiences, as well as how these companies and or organizations can work with a potential employee with a disability to ensure that both parties have what they need.


If you are returning to use AbilityLinks for the first-time since the re-launch of the AbilityLinks website please follow these instructions to re-establish your account.

Returning job seekers Start Here.

Returning employers Start Here.

If you are new to AbilityLinks, Start Here.


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Encore Presentation

On July 20, 2017 AbilityLinks Hosted Ace the Interview, Land the Job a job seeker webinar featuring a guest presenter from Advanced Resources, one of the nation's largest staffing agencies.

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On June 16, 2017 AbilityLinks hosted "How to Get Your Online Job Application Noticed," a Webinar for job seekers presented by TCF Bank staffing specialists.

 

Program Description Applying for jobs online can be challenging and time consuming. More than often than not, your application is one of many that an employer receives and processes. In fact, research shows that companies get more than 250 applications for each job opportunity. Presented by a panel of TCF Bank Staffing Specialists, the webinar presenters will help you better understand the online application process and how to get your application noticed. Important tips for successfully completing the application process will be presented.


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Celebrating its 16th anniversary this year, AbilityLinks.org, the award-winning job-opportunity network, is launching a brand-new website to further their impact. The launch represents a major change for the web-based program, created in 2001 to promote the hiring of people with disabilities.

AbilityLinks, a program of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, has helped over 700 job-seekers with disabilities find employment, four of which were within Marianjoy itself.


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Although city and state governments are trying to stop placard abuse, there is enough blame to go around for people with disabilities because of taking advantage of the disabled parking system. Bill Bogdan, disability liaison for the state of Illinois (and a supporter of AbilityLinks) talks about The difference in states' use of placards, the loss of revenue to city and states because of abuse of disabled parking and finding solutions to this complex problem.


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Lauren Bryant is a University of Illinois student who volunteered as an AbilityLinks blogger this summer. I was pleased to supervise Lauren and serve as her editor. Here is Lauren's final blog post of the summer. - Bill O'Connor

In the interest of being completely honest with the readers of this blog, I’m going to make a confession: I have trouble focusing on work more often than not. I am a chronic multitasker: usually those other tasks are not work related.


If you apply online with any of these companies let AbilityLinks know. Tell AbilityLinks the company name, job title and number. AbilityLinks will share this information with a recruiter from the company. If you haven't yet, please post your resume on AbilityLinks too.

 


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