Think Beyond the Label, Brazen Careerist Launch 2014 Online Career Fair Series to Connect Job Seekers with Disabilities Directly to Top Employers

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Employers can find and recruit qualified job seekers with disabilities, meet Section 503 compliance goals at online events that attract hundreds of candidates.

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Especially at a time when employers are seeking...to expand their workforce diversity and meet new compliance goals, Think Beyond the Label continually seeks out new, efficient ways to help them make the most relevant candidate connections.

Think Beyond the Label, a cross-sector collaborative that connects qualified job seekers with disabilities to U.S. businesses that seek to hire them, today announced the 2014 Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair Series, designed to regularly connect employers to qualified job candidates with disabilities seeking employment with companies that value workplace diversity.

In advance of each event, Think Beyond the Label will enable direct communications between participating employers and individual candidates in the Think Beyond the Label job seeker database, so employers can share job openings for which they want to hire.

Meeting Section 503 compliance goals
Entering its third year, the Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair Series will help employers find and recruit qualified workers with disabilities while meeting new compliance goals. Earlier this year, the U.S. Labor Department updated Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requiring companies to show evidence that they are taking proactive steps to recruit workers with disabilities – and keep better data on the number of people with disabilities hired.

Federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to meet these requirements by March 24, 2014. Participation in the Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair Series, which kicks off March 5, 2014, can help them with compliance.

Brazen Careerist, a leading cloud-based recruiting technology firm that connects employers and candidates in virtual recruiting events, will power all four online career fairs in the series, where employers can feature their current job opportunities and chat one-on-one with job seekers—with the goal of helping companies build their pipeline of qualified candidates. The career fairs are free for job seekers with disabilities.

Who should attend

  •     Job seekers with disabilities from all backgrounds, with all skill levels, nationwide
  •     Federal contractors with jobs for people with disabilities seeking to enhance compliance efforts
  •     Employers nationwide who value workplace diversity and inclusive team-building

Think Beyond the Label and Brazen Careerist will host four online career fairs in 2014:

DATES: March 5, May 21, July 30 and Oct. 22 (all Wednesdays)
TIMES: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Eastern Time
SIGN UP: Online registration is available now

Even more direct, targeted connections in 2014
In advance of the each event in the 2014 Online Career Fair Series, Think Beyond the Label will invite businesses to individually contact highly targeted, qualified job seekers in the Think Beyond the Label candidate pool regarding specific career opportunities for which they will be hiring at the 2014 online events.

“This new component of our online career fairs provides advanced targeting methods to employers and will help job seekers with disabilities identify those precise job opportunities for which they are a fit,” says Barbara Otto, CEO of Health & Disability Advocates, the Chicago-based policy and advocacy organization that operates Think Beyond the Label. “Especially at a time when employers are seeking to connect with qualified people with disabilities to expand their workforce diversity and meet new compliance goals, Think Beyond the Label continually seeks out new, efficient ways to help them make the most relevant candidate connections.”

Employer benefits
Employers will gain one-on-one access to Think Beyond the Label’s 6,000 registered community members. More than 60% of the site’s registered job seekers with disabilities have at least five years of relevant job experience; more than 40% have over 11 years of relevant job experience; and about half have a professional certification or college level degree or beyond. Think Beyond the Label’s online career fairs in 2013 facilitated more than 1,200 conversations between employers and job seekers with disabilities.

Participating employers in Think Beyond the Label’s virtual recruiting events in 2013 ranged from government agencies and top global corporations to colleges and universities and included The Boeing Company, The Internal Revenue Service, The Hartford, AT&T, Union Pacific, IBM, UnitedHealth Group, Qualcomm, Aetna, Graybar, TRW Automotive, Trustmark Companies, NextEra Energy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Clark University and many others.

About Think Beyond the Label
Think Beyond the Label is a cross-sector collaborative that helps businesses and the public workforce system more effectively recruit, hire and retain job seekers with disabilities across 50 states. Think Beyond the Label connects the entire range of job seekers with disabilities to employers looking to hire through its virtual career fairs, online jobs portal, social platforms and community profiles. Our partnership spans state health and human service and employment agencies; businesses; and Health & Disability Advocates, a national private nonprofit organization that manages the Think Beyond the Label partnership. For more information please go to http://www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com.

About Brazen Careerist
Brazen Careerist combines groundbreaking virtual recruiting events with actionable career advice and education to help professionals discover their strengths, refine their skills and find a job they love. The company helps hundreds of employers identify, engage with and hire top talent – and helps universities connect their students and alumni with each other and with top employers around the world. Hundreds of large organizations – from Amazon and Citi to Deloitte and the U.S. Department of State – use Brazen Careerist’s virtual event platform, Brazen Connect. For more information, please go to http://www.brazencareerist.com.

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