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People with disabilities sought for job-readiness study

January 29, 2018

The NIU Rehabilitation and Disabilities Services and Rehabilitation Counseling program faculty are looking for participants for their research on the impact of a job-readiness training intervention to support the job search process. Study participants will receive $50.

“When searching for work, many individuals with disabilities deal with barriers such as stigma from prospective employers, limited social networks and lack of knowledge about their rights in the job search process,” said Amanda McCarthy, NIU assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling. “Our project aims to help address some of the barriers faced by people with disabilities so that individuals are prepared to engage in a successful job search process.”

Participants will attend 10 job-readiness training sessions designed to prepare them for employment. Some example topics include:

  • Learning how to network
  • Preparing answers for interview questions
  • Writing a cover letter and resume
  • Completing sample job applications
  • Legal rights during the job search process

To be eligible, participants must be age 18 or older, identify as having a disability, be their own legal guardian, live in DeKalb, Lee or Ogle county, and can complete a job application with minimal assistance.

The sessions are 9-9:45 a.m. or 10-10:45 a.m., Feb. 6 – April 17 (no session March 13), and take place at Goodwill Industries, 1037 S. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb.

Registration is required. For details, email [email protected].