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ODEP’s TalentWorks Tool Helps Job Seekers with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy latest Web tool called TalentWorks peatworks.org/talentworks is designed to help employers and recruiters ensure accessibility of online applications and recruiting systems for job seekers with disabilities.
Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu recently unveiled the free online tool in San Diego earlier this year at the 2016 International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference hosted by California State University, Northridge.
Created by ODEP’s Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT), TalentWorks provides general background on accessibility and e-recruiting, as well as practical tip sheets for making online job applications, digital interviews, pre-employment tests and resume upload programs accessible.
PEAT created the tool after its national survey of people with disabilities found 46 percent of respondents rated their last experience applying for a job online as “difficult to impossible.”
“Inaccessible technology prevents people with disabilities from applying and interviewing for jobs, and limits the talent pool for employers,” says Lu. “The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to helping employers improve their recruitment and hiring processes. With resources like TalentWorks, employers can build a diverse, more inclusive workforce by ensuring their organization’s virtual door is open to everyone.”
TalentWorks synthesizes ideas and solutions that PEAT has gathered from employers, advocacy organizations, job applicants and technology providers. It’s the latest enhancement to a suite of tools and resources PEAT offers to improve the employment, retention and career advancement of people with disabilities via the promotion of accessible technology.
PEAT, PEATworks.org, is managed through an ODEP-funded grant to the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.
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