Hey y'all! Today's welcome Wednesday is a Deaf comedian who does stand-up, skits, story-telling and more.
Check out his Facebook Page called Train Zoom!
For those unfamiliar with Deaf Culture - Train Zoom or Train Gone is an idiom similar to the English "you missed it". You show up and ask what's going on but they aren't going to re-tell the story.
Here's one of Alexander's stories:
So come out and support some #DeafTalent and contact Alexander and book his Train Zoom act!
Recently, I went to a Job Fair hosted by the Department of Rehabilitation Services Visual Services Department (for clients who are Blind or have Vision Loss). I'll leave out the location, that's not important, but it was a disappointment to say the least.
I’d say there was only about 8 tables altogether:
There were no local Clubs for the Blind, other agencies, local big businesses, and so on.
I've also been to a few Online job fairs in the past:
One was for people with various Disabilities:
Another was specifically for Work from Home positions for People with Disabilities:
* Applicant 1: Hi, I'm looking for a programming job, I have a Masters in (yadayada)
* Applicant 2: I am seeking a job in Arizona, who can I talk to about availability?
* Recruiter 1: Hi Applicant 1, great qualifications, please check our job board on our website www.abcxyz.bs
* Recruiter 2: Hello Applicant 2, yes we have jobs in Arizona, please check out our job board at www.abcxyz.bs
And around and around that BS went. Why the Hell do we wait for this event just to be redirected to a job board on your site? We could've done that ourselves ages ago!
So, here's what I think are the five essential qualities of a successful job fair should be:
1. Audience Focused
I think this is the most important element of any job fair.
Decide who is the focus target group you are addressing. Is it for Youth, People with Disabilities (in general or a specific group), Veterans, a certain career, or a location?
Once you've decided this it's easier to focus your research and invitation list. Some "generic" job areas are acceptable - having administrative and management job centers at a computer programming fair. Don't have a criminal and convict re-entry program at a job fair aimed at blind and vision loss.
Invite more companies than you plan on. This way you'll have a fail-safe number of recruiters showing up as there's sure to be a few that decline the invitation. This way you're not scrambling to fill space and ask your friend to bring her direct sales products in. If they all accept the invitation, that's even better!
2. Include Local Organizations, Clubs and Agencies
If you're hosting a job fair focused on Youth, or people with Disabilities and such, please include the local specialized agencies as well.
In the instance I mentioned above, the job fair did not have the local Council of the Blind, or other local agencies for vision loss.
Why should you include these? They'll know specifics your focus group may need for job accommodations, may have a mentoring program, other unrelated training and such. These organization representatives may also help facilitate with you and other company recruiters and share information to the recruiters that may not understand disability needs, and so on.
3. Educate the Recruiters
If you're hosting a specialized job fair, put together a information package for the invited recruiters. Information such as dos & don'ts, correct lingo and language, and so on.
Nothing like going to a Job Fair for the Deaf and have one recruiter enunciating all his words at you. A BIG no-no in the Deaf community.
Make it comfortable for both parties.
4. Offer Workshops and Seminars throughout the event
Have a workshop or seminar on how job seekers can improve their chances of gaining employment.
5. Have "Actual" Jobs Available
As I mentioned about the Online Job Fair, potential applicants were directed to the website for job listings and did not have actual jobs in mind.
The on-site job fairs I've been to were mainly "resume collectors" and "we'll let you know if you're a fit". Other attendees offered more training - as a friend said:
"Job fairs should be called "Training Fairs". They all see to offer training to get a job, but seldom do they actually hire anyone! "If you do this training, you'd be more hire-able in that field..." Big whoop!" (Another disappointed attendee)
So, those are my 5 essential qualities of a successful job fair. I hope to actually attend one that I will enjoy.
Any further suggestions can be put into comments and if there's enough I'll post a follow-up.
April 15th is National ASL Day! To celebrate the first school for the Deaf in the United States opening on April 15, 1817.
Students gathered there over the years and at subsequent Deaf schools across our nation. The children intermingled Native American Signs, French Sign Language, and Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language. This process brought forth modern American Sign Language.
There's a huge growing exposure to ASL in the media lately with a variety of movies, TV and elsewhere:
I think this is awesome that the world is seeing more ASL, more of our Deaf World, and seeing our Deaf Gain.
Buuuut...... the attitudes towards Deaf people stay the same....
Please read these two articles, one is an older blog post of mine and another by Pamela J. Kincheloe.
So, you see my conflict here? Love the ASL and Deaf Community exposure, but hate the stigma branded on me.
So, let me show you another article about Deaf people
Learn ASL and Deaf Culture!
I hope you share this with everyone! Please comment below your thoughts and let's have a friendly discussion.
Hope everyone's having a good week and dealing with the after-effects of the time change.
Today's "Welcome Wednesday" is Bearwood Reclaimed Furniture, and it's Deaf owner Dominick Fusco.
Dominick has owned Bearwood for 5 years, including 10 plus years experience in Carpentry
Dominick says - Before I invented this company, the only thing that was bothering me was all the broken furniture, home decors and abandoned wood that was sitting on the ground just rotting away. So, I figured if I could change one thing for them is to recycle and reuse it then it won’t be sitting on the ground useless or waiting to be destroyed. My job is to not to waste things. My job is to repurpose things to save the Earth and not to leave things to rot that Earth doesn’t want.
His quote is:
I believe in reuse and recycle because everything is a treasure
Hang in there! Winter is almost over!
Today's "Welcome Wednesday" is Brian Switzer - Deafblind Athlete.
Brian has been featured in the Alaskan Dispatch News and Runner’s World for his running exploits. He runs with the help of human guides and his running guide dog, Intrigue.
He was on the first team of all blind and visually impaired athletes to successfully complete a Ragnar Relay Ultra. He ran in the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon. He is most known for running in the Equinox Marathon with his human guide, Marco, in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness! It is widely considered to be the fifth toughest marathon in the world.
Brian runs to raise awareness of Usher Syndrome and the abilities of people with disabilities. He also runs to support charities like the Usher Syndrome Coalition.
In April, he will be running in Genoa, Italy with fellow DeafBlind athlete, Alessandro! The adventure will be highlighted on Brian’s Facebook page.
Time for another Welcome Wednesday and today is "Swanson's Holistic Hands".
Gina Swanson provides holistic medicine tips in blogs/vlogs, workshops, and Holistic Life Coaching sessions in American Sign Language.
Gina is a Reiki Master and has 19 certificates from Reiki Rays Institute as well as certified by the International Center for Reiki Training.
She offers Holistic Practice training in Reiki, Essential Oils, Stones and Chakras all in ASL.
To find out more or to book a session, contact her by email at Swanson Holistic Hands.
Let's support a fellow Deafblind business owner!