national ‘Disability Mentoring Day’ at LRI
Job seekers practice interviews, review resumes in “Speed Matching” with employers
PHILADELPHIA - More than 50 local employers - including Aramark, FedEx, Marriott hotels and First Financial Group - conducted mock interviews and resume critiques Tuesday in the first-ever “speed matching” job fair for people with disabilities sponsored by Liberty Resources Inc. in observance of national Disability Mentoring Day.
More than 30 job seekers came out for the event, which featured “speed matching” sessions in which employers talked with participants about their employment goals, their work experience and resume writing. The one-on-one sessions also included mock interviews and tips on conducting job searches.
“Putting businesses and job seekers together in this fashion is mutually beneficial for both parties because employers get to see that having a worker with a disability is not a barrier to productivity and people with disabilities get to showcase their talents,” said Lynne P. Maleeff, Career Outreach Coordinator for Liberty Resources Academy and one of the event organizers.
Disability Mentoring Day, a nationwide program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), attempts to dispel employers’ fears about hiring people with disabilities and promote disability as a central part of diversity recruitment for a more inclusive workforce. It is held every October, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Maleeff said that employers gain the opportunity to recruit interns, have access to a pool of potential employees with marketable skills but who are often under-employed, and learn more about the benefits of employing a person with a disability.
“We are delighted that employers recognize that our community of working age adults has a lot to offer the workplace, not only in terms of skills but also in terms of bringing greater inclusiveness and understanding of others who are differently abled,” said Maleeff.