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INTERNET JOB SEARCHING

Manny Ziegler
Employment Specialist Southern California Project With Industry
10736 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 411
Culver City, CA 90230
Tel: (310) 387-5185
Fax: (310) 837-2754
Email: SCPWIMANNY@aol.com 
Website: www.scrspwi.org

Nichole Tyerman
Employment Specialist
Southern California Project With Industry
10736 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 411
Culver City, CA 90230
Tel: (818) 590-5523
Fax: (310) 286-7044
Email: PWINICHOLE@aol.com 
Website: www.scrspwi.org

The internet is a wonderful tool for finding employment, especially for people with disabilities because it removes many barriers. It gives you a chance to research positions and companies, talk with human resource professionals and sometimes even interview over the internet without your disability being an issue for the employer. Of course, your disability may need to be discussed when you finally do meet with your new boss, but our goal is to get you connected to them.

During this session we will go over ways to search for a job online using job search sites, company sites and other online resources. We will also discuss ways to post your resumes on these job search sites, ways to post your resume directly to a company's human resources site and how to respond to advertised openings. Proper ways of submitting your resume by email will also be discussed..

In order to get a job, you usually have to look for one. One of the easiest ways to do this these days is on the internet. There are many sites that list job openings from various companies. We will provide you with a list of many of these sites. We will give a demonstration on how to log on to these sites and how to search for jobs by company, category or location. During this demonstration and others, we will be using a screen reader program. When you find a job you are interested in on one of these sites, there are several ways of applying for it. Many times, the site provides a link directly to the company that is listing the opening or to an email address through which you can submit your resume. Other times, they simply list the website or email address through which you should apply. Sometimes they will list other contact information for the position such as addresses, and phone and fax numbers.

When submitting a resume by email it is important to note what format you are attaching your resume in. We will discuss various options regarding emailing your resume. If the company has a website through which you can submit your resume, it will sometimes also have an additional application procedure for you to go through. We will submit a resume on the Boeing website to demonstrate this procedure. We will also demonstrate proper ways of posting your resume to these sites. Some job search sites allow you to post your resume so that is available to companies that are searching for qualified applicants. We will also demonstrate the proper way to post your resume on these sites.

In addition to job search sites and company sites, there are other resources you can use that will greatly help your job search. Different clubs and organizations often provide links to companies in a certain field. Through these links you can contact companies to get information about available positions or email your resume. We will demonstrate the use of the Hollywood Creative Directory as such a tool.

Mailing lists can also be a wealth of information regarding job opportunities or simply a way of communicating with others in your field. We will pass out a list of mailing lists covering various fields of employment as well as several lists for individuals with disabilities. We will also demonstrate ways to get this information on your own.

We will discuss various screen reading and enlargement programs and their compatibility to various websites.

There will be a question and answer session.

ENDNOTES
Page 2, Paragraph 1 - Handout of job search websites obtained from S.C. Project With Industry Page 3, Paragraph 1 - Handout of mailing lists obtained from America Online


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