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AbilityLinks Newsletter - August 2017




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AbilityLinks Newsletter - August 2017

AbilityLinks Launches Newly Renovated Website to Promote Hiring of People with Disabilities

Celebrating its 16th anniversary this year,, the award-winning job-opportunity network, completely renovated its website to promote more effectively the hiring of people with disabilities. The launch represents a major change for the web-based program, created in 2001 by Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine.

New website features include a more accessible design, which is easier to navigate, with a more appealing look and feel. Résumés and jobs are quicker and easier to post. Users can set up automated job-search agents to identify matches and report job-listing views. Community programs that assist job seekers with finding employment can complete a profile.

To get started on the new AbilityLinks follow these links. Returning Job Seekers/Applicants Start Here. Returning Employers Start Here. If you are new to AbilityLinks or a Service Provider Start Here.

The launch celebration also featured three webinars with expert guest speakers: Ace the Interview, Land the Job, The New Business Frontier: Disability Inclusion and How to Get Your Online Job Application Noticed.



Ace the Interview, Land the Job

Interviewing is a critical part of the job search process, and it’s an opportunity you can’t afford to waste. It’s also probably the one that job seekers dread the most!

“Ace the Interview, Land the Job” is a webinar that will increase your confidence and help you be your best in the interview process. This highly rated presentation is designed to help job seekers prepare, perform, and professionally follow up in the interview process. Watch an encore presentation.

How to Get Your Online Job Application Noticed

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.

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. Watch an encore presentation.

Featured Employer: TCF Bank

TCF is a national bank holding company based in Wayzata, MN. As of December 31, 2015, TCF had $20.7 billion in total assets and 375 branches in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona and South Dakota, providing retail and commercial banking services. Through its subsidiaries, TCF also conducts commercial leasing, equipment finance and auto finance business in all 50 states. Learn about working at TCF Bank and View profile and job opportunities.

Featured Service Provider: ITKAN

ITKAN is a member-driven professional networking and growth organization with a focus on professionals and aspiring professionals with disabilities within the technology field!

ITKAN is affiliated with the Illinois Technology Foundation – the not-for-profit academic arm of the Illinois Technology Association. We meet face-to-face on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5-7PM CST at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago. Contact Pat Maher at for more information. Learn more..

Do Ask, Do Tell: Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify

A research study investigating what companies are doing to build a disability-inclusive workplace found that successful companies have two best practices in common: they provide training and resources to improve disability awareness and they hold managers accountable for meeting disability inclusion goals.

Read more about the study and webinar, The New Business Frontier: Disability Inclusion, that featured a panel discussion with successfully employed individuals who shared their stories.

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Applications Due Soon: Apply Now!

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, a signature initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, is the first program of its kind in the nation designed specifically to ensure that Chicago’s vibrant civic and professional life fully includes leaders with disabilities.

The initiative is composed of three facets: a competitively selected Members Network

a Leadership Institute and the Civic Connections Project. Applications are Open for the 2018 Leadership Institute.

Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you AbilityLinks sponsors RR Donnelley, LSC Communications, TCF Bank, Magenium Solutions, Lundbeck, SEPTA, Advocate Health Care, Early Warning, Farm Credit Bank of Texas and NISA. Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities.

AbilityLinks Wants Your Resume!

If you are disabled and seeking employment, career change or a new job, post your resume on AbilityLinks today to increase your visibility and connect to AbilityLinks employer members. You can also

contact us for a free job search consultation.


About AbilityLinks

Established in 2001, AbilityLinks is a program of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine. Unemployment among work age persons with disabilities is two time higher than average, not counting individuals who become discouraged and stop actively seeking work. AbilityLinks mission is to increase employment of qualified individuals with disabilities and promote their full participation in the community. Full participation in the community means individuals having the opportunity to pursue a career of his or her own choosing.

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