The U.S. Department of Labor has announced this year’s theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) as “The Right Talent, Right Now.” The theme emphasizes the role that people with disabilities play in America’s economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent.

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LandAjob.org, a non-profit Employment Network of the Social Security Administration is playing their part to help organizations hire, “The Right Talent, Right Now.” Director of Operations, John Bertram has been working diligently to increase the job opportunities for individuals with disabilities nationwide. …

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Can you make the best first impression using your 30-second elevator pitch?

Did you know you can make an excellent first impression on a potential employer in less than a minute? Creating the right “elevator pitch” is like producing a commercial about your qualifications. Keep it short and simple and adjust it to fit different companies’ objectives or job descriptions.

According to Business Insider, three questions should guide your pitch:

1. Who are you?

2. What do you do?

3. What is your objective?

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Write down the key elements of what you want to convey about yourself and what you are looking for.

Prepare. Write down the material you want to present. Summarize your qualifications — work history, skills, background, and goals — in a few sentences. …

These days, competition in the job market is high — regardless of the industry in which you want to work. Unfortunately, when you have a disability, finding a job can be even more daunting. It is estimated that about 80% of the disabled population in the U.S. is unemployed. While it’s easy to become frustrated or disheartened during a job search, it’s important to take steps towards staying positive and optimistic. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got some ideas.

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Creating a Job Search Routine will give structure and guidance to your job search.

Begin by setting up a “game plan” for your job search and getting into a weekly routine. Your plan may include daily browsing of online job boards or even researching work-from-home job opportunities in your area. Once you have a better idea of where to look for jobs and how to go through the application process, you’ll become used to it and will be able to make it part of your routine. …



LandAJob is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping those on SSI or SSDI receive work support payments ($13K) in conjunction with Social Security. http://laj.work/ssdi

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