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Job Search Workshop Can Help Make 2013 The Year You Find A New Job

AbilityLinks and RR Donnelley presented a unique and intensive hands-on job search workshop last July. Due to high demand, this successful event will be repeated in Wheaton, Illinois. Job Seekers with disabilities will learn the best techniques for improving their resume, have a chance to practice essential interview skills with human resource professionals and learn latest strategies for leveraging the internet to find a job. Tickets for this free event went quickly last time so don’t wait: Click this link to register today.

Updated Study Confirms Job Accommodations Are An Inexpensive Way To Retain Employees And Increase Productivity
723 employers across a wide range of industries were recently surveyed about job accommodation costs and effectiveness. Researchers found the typical cost of an accommodation was only $500. Employers that were surveyed reported that making accommodations had many business benefits. Top among them were: 

Retained a valued employee - 90%
Increased the employee's productivity - 71%
Eliminated costs associated with training a new employee - 60%
Increased the employee's attendance - 53%
Increased diversity of the company - 42%
Saved workers' compensation or other insurance costs - 39%
Hired a qualified person with a disability - 13%
Promoted an employee - 10%
According to JAN, the organization that has been conducting this ongoing survey since 1994, the updated study confirms that “workplace accommodations are low cost and high impact".  Read all of the survey findings.

Thank You October Virtual Job Fair Participants: Three Additional Job Fairs Planned For 2013

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and AbilityLinks marked the occasion by hosting a virtual job fair the week of October 1st. Thanks to all the employers and job seekers that participated in this online event to make it a success. Click this link to see the list of businesses that participated in our October job fair and the dates for our three upcoming 2013 virtual job fairs.

New Guide Book Helps Veterans Find Programs Offering Cash Benefits, Job Placement And Training Services

There are many programs and services in place to assist disabled veterans with financial support and finding employment. Navigating the complex interaction between multiple programs and public agencies can be a daunting task. To help, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and Griffin-Hammis Associates has prepared a comprehensive guidebook tool. It outlines how cash benefits for disabled veterans are impacted by working and identifies government sponsored job placement and training options for veterans. The handbook’s focus is on programs offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Department of Defense and State Vocational Rehabilitation. If you’re a veteran or assisting one with finding employment, click this link to access the guidebook.

Featured Employers

This month’s featured employers includes all the businesses that participated in our recent virtual job fair. Many of the job postings are still active on AbilityLinks. Click this link to see the list of job fair employers and learn how you can find their job openings on AbilityLinks.

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