Have you ever attended a local job fair? Maybe as a job seeker, or perhaps representing your business or organization looking to hire? What was your experience like? Did you have a successful outcome or the results you were hoping for?
In my experience, sometimes job fairs can be a bit disappointing. In my role as Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events at Dirkse CC, I’ve attended many in the area, especially those who target current buzz words, like “diversity” and “disability.” I often make some great connections at these job fairs, but I leave wondering if the job seekers are getting jobs. As I speak with folks on both sides of the table, I end up feeling like many are leaving empty-handed. I hear employers who want everyone to check off everything on their wish list to find the ideal candidate who would meet all their needs. On the other hand, I hear job seekers with unique skill sets often wanting part-time work, who simply walk on by because they don’t possess an Oregon driver’s license, are unable to lift 50 pounds, or have communication challenges due to their disability.
If you’ve had a similar experience, I invite you to participate in our upcoming “Amplified Job Opportunity Fair” on Thursday, May 23rd, 12-2pm at Embassy Suites by Hilton, Portland-Washington Square. This job fair will be different! We will have employers who are not only interested in disability diversity but who are actually creating jobs and hiring people of all abilities. They are looking at the person and matching their skill sets to their business needs. Yes, a job description is still part of the equation, but it is a guide not a rule.
If you or your employer would like to be a part of this unique disability-diversity job fair, please contact me today for more information at 503-258-7715 or email@example.com
If you know a differently-abled job seeker, please encourage them to register at: https://goo.gl/jgV2Mr
Register Today for Amplify! Rock Stars 2019
Secure your spot now and plan on another inspiring morning full of success stories and celebrations!
May 23, 2019 9:00am – 11:30am
Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington Square
Registration is open, but we’re still building out the day’s agenda. Please continue to check back for updates!
Partner with us! You too can become a sponsor and partner of Amplify! Help us promote diversity and inclusion in our workforce and community – ASK US HOW – contact Cindy Bahl @ 503-258-7715 or firstname.lastname@example.org