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• Offered job during an instant messenger interview, often Yahoo Messenger. Jobs ARE NOT offered during online interviews!
• Scammers use personal email accounts like @yahoo.com, @gmail.com. Real employer email  addresses END with the company name like @starbucks.com, @walmart.com.
• Offered a check or direct deposit/asked for bank account information. NEVER give bank account numbers, routing information or money to anyone you don't know.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isRead more tips. Read How to Tell if a Job is a Scam.  

As the 25th Anniversary of the ADA approaches, Marianjoy is hosting a business leaders breakfast sponsored by AbilityLinks.

Scott Hoesman, President of inQUEST Consulting will lead a panel discussion of experts from the disability and business community as they highlight some of the milestone accomplishments of this landmark legislation and discuss business strategies for fulfilling the promise of inclusion. 

Join us on May 19, 2015 at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, Illinois for this in-person event. Space is limited. Registration is requiredRegister today.

By Amanda Fowler

 The interview process can be a nerve-wracking experience for any job-seeker, but people with disabilities can have extra concerns to deal with. Mark Williams, Consulting Director of the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network, presented a webinar in conjunction with AbilityLinks on February 26, 2015, tackling these very issues.

The webinar, called “Get the Job: Manage the Impression You and Your Disability Make During the Job Interview,” had 241 registrants, including both job-seekers and employers. The program was designed to inform job-seekers on what employers can and cannot ask; whether and how to disclose disability to one’s advantage; and how to manage one’s impression during an interview. Read more.

By Janice Duvall 

Impressions matter, especially in a job interview. There is nothing worse than looking  at the mirror  for that last minute checkup and finding fly away hair or lipstick on the teeth and asking yourself;  Did I dress  appropriately? 

A well prepared individual exudes confidence. Your appearance can make or break your success in the interview process.

I have compiled a list of dress tips, dos and don’ts from top career professional that may help you prepare for your next interview. Read more.

W.W. Grainger, Inc, Territory Sales Associate, Lake Forest, IL
Patten Industries, Porter, Elmhurst, IL
Titan Security Group, IT Support Specialist, Chicago, IL
DePaul University, Student Records Assistant, Chicago, IL
Children's Home + Aid, Bookkeeper, Chicago, IL
Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, Temporary, Seasonal Workers for 2015. Brookfield, IL
nAblement, Looking for Talent and Passion in IT, Chicago, IL
Chicago Lighthouse Illinois Tollway Call Center agents, Chicago, IL
Project STARFISH, free business skills training, any location
Student Internships, State of Illinois, Internship Opportunities with Illinois State Government
U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Student Internship and Recent Graduate Program
The Big Ten Network Internship Program
2015 Coyote Internship Program, Summer 2015 IT Internship, Chicago, IL


Maryam Adeokun

After some job counseling and a referral from AbilityLinks, Maryam Adeokun started business skills training with AbilityLinks partner Project STARFISH, an experiential learning program that creates employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

After a few months of Project STARFISH training, Ms. Adeokun graduated to paid work for Project-Ray, an Israeli start-up company that designed a smart phone for blind persons. It enables users to easily navigate their phone and other touch screens without looking.

Israel has a thriving start-up scene and a large number of military veterans; some are blind or have other disabilities. Read more

AbilityLinks job seeker Karolina Pieniawas recently shared some good news. She was hired on a permanent basis by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to work as a mail room clerk. The SSA Human Resource team in the Chicago office regularly reviews the Abilitylinks resume database for potential candidates, especially for temp to hire positions. AbilityLinks Counselors alert social security recruiters to qualified AbilityLinks candidates on an ongoing basis.

If you’re looking for work and have a disability you can post your resume on AbilityLinks. If you would like a free job search consultation, contact Ms. Duvall at juduvall@AbilityLinks.org or 630/909-7443 or Mr. Bill O'Connor at boconnor@AbilityLinks.org or 630/909-7444. Read more.

By Mark Williams

Interviewers of job applicants are less influenced by academic credentials and work skills than by subjective impressions of candidates’ interview performance. Negative bias towards jobseekers with disabilities may be more a sign of discomfort and anxiety than fear or ignorance. If you are a person with a disability, you can confront attitudes and create more favorable impressions of your hireability.

What Is Impression Management (IM)?
The basic premise of IM is that individuals can control the impression that others form of them by presenting descriptions of attributes and reasons for particular behaviors in order to shape others’ opinions. IM can be used to offset negative perception about your potential as a productive worker. Read more.

Recognizing and Managing Interview Bias
While bias is intrinsic to human nature, organizations and interviewers should seek to understand bias, how it relates to disability, and how it can be addressed.

Not only to reduce the risk of litigation or noncompliance with regulations, a level playing field for jobseekers with disabilities contributes to the diversity that companies today recognize as a strategic imperative.

Project Implicit, based at Harvard University, offers a free, online assessment for individuals, called The Implicit Association Test, which reports on bias in a variety of areas including disability. Read More.

Founded by Marianjoy Rehabilityation Hospital, AbilityLinks is a nationwide, web-based community where qualified job seekers with disabilities and inclusive employers meet and gain access to valuable networking opportunities.

Job seekers who want to connect to employers by voluntarily self-identifying having a disability use AbilityLinks to post resumes and apply for jobs. No information about disability type is asked.

Federal contractors and equal opportunity employers seeking to identify qualified candidates with disabilities use AbilityLinks to post jobs and search resumes. 

AbilityLinks Information and Referral Counselors, that happen to have a disability, provide a caring human touch. Read more or contact us today!


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