Archive for the ‘Disabilities’ Category

Opportunity: JVS Chicago Seeks Social Enterprise Partner

A force for social justice, JVS Chicago is a 501C(3) non-profit serving more than 5,000 employees, employers and entrepreneurs annually with programs for adults, youth, and people with disabilities. The Opportunity: Employees with disabilities offer a large untapped talent pool for employers.  While business is challenged with an aging workforce and a shortage of skilled Read More →

Start-up Diversity: Local and National Programs for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Casino and hotel magnate Steve Wynn and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson have something in common besides their success; they are entrepreneurs with disabilities. Wynn’s eyesight is acutely impacted by retinitis pigmentosa, and Branson is dyslexic to the point where his school headmaster told him, “You’ll either end up in prison or a millionaire.” With Read More →

Expanding Your Disability-Inclusive Workforce

By Jonathan Roth, Employer Services Representative If you are interested in growing your disability-inclusive workforce, the JVS Chicago Talent Referral Team are experts in connecting employers to highly qualified jobseekers with disabilities. We don’t walk away from you or your new hire once we’ve made a placement, but continue our relationship to track new hires Read More →

Hiring People with Disabilities: Myths & Misconceptions

By Leah Rudy, Client Services Supervisor, JVS Chicago Many people in business ask and are concerned about hiring someone with a disability to work in their companies. Below I have debunked three of the common myths and misconceptions about jobseekers with disabilities. Cost Employers may feel that it is going to cost them a lot Read More →

Highlights of 2014: Many and Varied

The strategic alliance of JVS Chicago and Jewish Child & Family Services was the big news of 2013–but this agency is no one-hit wonder! All areas of the agency had important news to report in 2014. Career Moves launched an innovative program of Job Search Work Teams, with Laurie Rosen and Arlene Wanetick running the Read More →

Empowering Job Seekers with Disabilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month Empowering Job Seekers with Disabilities   When you hire an employee through JVS Chicago, you get a team. And that is no less true when hiring employees with disabilities. “The team approach is very effective,” said Helene Levine, Manager of Workplace Services, “especially with clients who come to Read More →

Award-winning Program Realizes Workplace Inclusion of People with Disabilities

The Community Based Contract Services program of JVS Chicago is a $5 million business serving federal and state agencies throughout the Chicagoland area.  Employees with disabilities run a warehouse for the Veterans Administration; maintain office buildings for the US Army Reserve, Illinois State Police and the IRS; help keep local FAA air traffic control centers Read More →

Ready for Your Interview: How JVS Chicago Prepares Clients to Meet Employers, and Questions Employers Can Ask to Find the Right Candidate

  Interviewing job candidates can be stressful. How will you know if a person will be the right fit? What questions can you ask to determine a candidate’s experience and value? In issue after issue of jvs@work, the JVS Chicago enewsletter for employers, executives have complimented JVS Chicago on how well-prepared its job candidates are, Read More →

Will Federal Leadership on Improving Opportunities for People with Disabilities Start a Trend?

  The federal government has attempted to take a leadership role in improving employment for people with disabilities.  Only last month, new regulations in Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act went into effect that encourage federal contractors to employ more people with disabilities and mandate better record keeping about hiring of people with disabilities.

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