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GETTING PAST THE H.R. GATEKEEPERS: Employment Application Strategies and Tactics For Persons Having Disabilities As Practiced By A Barbarian.

Rycharde P. Martindale-Essington
Copyright © 2000-2001 by the author, all rights reserved.

INTRODUCTION

Continuing the dialogue started last year involving the under-employment of Persons having disabilities despite a booming economy, Rycharde P. Martindale-Essington returns with a presentation of survey results concerning strategies and tactics that a person with a disability can use to further secure a perspective job interview. Some of the largest barriers to employment include getting a foot in the doorway of the Human Resources selection process. For example, some persons believe that they must disclose that they have a disability when completing an employment application and cover letter so as to not "frighten" away a potential employer; others do not disclose their disability until the day of the interview believing that anonymity will safeguard an open door to that "interview." Which approach is correct? Come and joust with these and other topics and learn how to plan an attack, storm the barricades and breach the walls of the Employment citadel in what is hoped to be a lively yet informative discussion.

Through comments derived from interviews with Human Resources personnel, studies from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor on the continued status of working disabled employees, and from personal experience, the presenter hopes to share what he has learned with the audience and come away with a consensus that will assist job seekers having disabilities. Employment Services professionals and all interested others are welcome. Come and join the dialogue.

Rycharde Martindale-Essington has expertise in the areas of Assistive Technology application, employment placement and retention, and the ADA where it pertains to reasonable accommodation and employer/employee relations. He possesses a strong systems advocacy background having worked within the southern California Independent Living Movement. He has served on national and regional organizations, boards and committees emphasizing the integration of the disabled into everyday society.


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