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WORKFORCE DIVERSITY: Hiring and Recruiting

Develop and Target Online Recruiting

More and more businesses are going online. You can find potential employees all over the Internet. The Web is faster and cheaper than using traditional methods. Advertising on the large general-purpose job boards such as The Monster Board or Career Mosaic is certainly easy enough.

However, you have no way of knowing if you are reaching candidates with disabilities. So the best approach is to ask any board on which you are thinking of advertising for its demographic data. Questions you may want to ask any general-purpose job board, before posting in their pages, include: Is there a resume database and does your fee allow you access?

Who is the target audience for this job board?

Does the job board specialize in reaching candidates with disabilities?

How does the job applicant contact you?

How many people are accessing this site?

How are the job announcement entered?

How are the postings updated or deleted?

You need to do some research to find boards that actually reach candidates with disabilities. Many individuals with disabilities will post their resumes in any one of the several "Resume Databases" available online.

Some Web sites that specialize in services for businesses and qualified applicants with disabilities include:

National Business and Disability Council (NBDC) provides corporations with a full range of services to assist them in successfully integrating people with disabilities into the workplace. Job Seekers is a resource that Fortune 1000 corporate leaders trust to find the people they need in today's business climate. College graduates can post their resumés and present their skills to Fortune 1000 companies that are committed to hiring qualified people with disabilities. Positions are available in all areas, including engineering, information technology, finance, and more. Users can search for job openings listed by National Business and Disability Council (NBDC) Member companies.

JOBAccess enables people with disabilities to enhance their professional lives by providing a dedicated system for finding employment. Using Job Access, companies can post job descriptions, essential duties, and contact information. By searching geographical areas and job categories, qualified persons with disabilities can match their experience and expertise to company requirements.

Independence Bank contains resumes of qualified professionals with disabilities from across the nation and around the world and is especially intended for use by individuals with disabilities. The Independence Bank is open to all professionals with disabilities regardless of race, sex, or ethnic origin. The site includes a client's resume entry form and update page as well as an employer's search engine.

CAREERS & the disABLED is the nation's first and only career-guidance/recruitment magazine for people with disabilities who are at college, graduate, or professional levels. Each issue features a special Braille section. CAREERS & the disABLED has won many awards, including several "Award of Excellence" acknowledgments from the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

America's JobBank provides job listings for job seekers and also allows postings by employers. Post jobs free of charge after registering with the service.