How to "Do" Online Social Networking


by Tom Melander

Hey Tom, there’s a party online, and you’re not invited

 

In 2003, my BFF of 20 years, Dave, told me about an invitation he received to a new networking website called LinkedIn. As he described it, LinkedIn was where professionals invite their most respected contacts and colleagues into their network in order to keep track of one another and share their inside connections. It all sounded very exclusive, so I waited for him to send me an invitation to join his network. And waited. The invite never came. Finally, I figured out that I didn’t need an invitation. I could just go to www.linkedin.com and register as a user to start building my own network. If you’re not a user yet, here are a couple of resources to learn more about getting started on LinkedIn for yourself: LinkedIn Learning Center and About Linked In.

 

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How to “Do” Online Social Networking


by Tom Melander

Hey Tom, there’s a party online, and you’re not invited

 

In 2003, my BFF of 20 years, Dave, told me about an invitation he received to a new networking website called LinkedIn. As he described it, LinkedIn was where professionals invite their most respected contacts and colleagues into their network in order to keep track of one another and share their inside connections. It all sounded very exclusive, so I waited for him to send me an invitation to join his network. And waited. The invite never came. Finally, I figured out that I didn’t need an invitation. I could just go to www.linkedin.com and register as a user to start building my own network. If you’re not a user yet, here are a couple of resources to learn more about getting started on LinkedIn for yourself: LinkedIn Learning Center and About Linked In.

 

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We’ve Come a Long Way: ADA


by Kathy Kirchoff

The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act of 1990 opened the world of work door for 43 million Americans living with disabilities. The law prohibits many types of discrimination and goes a long way toward leveling the playing field for those with disabilities. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local government employers.

 

On July 26, 2010, ADA celebrates its 20th anniversary to mark this important legislation signed by President Bush. Persons living with disabilities now have many of the freedoms, and opportunities they have waited many years to have.

 

Read the latest iSpeak disability blog articles: Beyond the ‘Disabled’ Label, Cyberspace Learning for Disabled Students and Hire Yourself: Promoting Entrepreneurship for those with Disabilities for additional information and resources.

Pre-employment Testing and its Role in the Hiring Decision


by Karen Kodzik

Karen Kodzik, Career Management Consultant, Cultivating Careers

 

You have made it through the final rounds of interviews, you have acquired finalist status, the job offer is almost in your hands but there is just one more thing – pre-employment testing.  The words alone are enough to send a shiver up your spine.

 

It is not uncommon for employers to use pre-employment testing when hiring for manager, executive or specialist positions. The role of pre-employment testing varies greatly across employers.  Some employers weigh the results heavily in the decision process and others use it as a check and balance to the interviewing process.  In fact not all employers use testing in the hiring decision.

 

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Hire Yourself: Promoting Entrepreneurship for those with Disabilities


by Karen Kodzik

A National Health Interview Survey showed that more than half of the non-working adults with disabilities studied wanted to work, but encountered employment difficulties. If you face barriers to paid work because of your disability, self-employment may be a good option for you.

 

Self-employment is an important source of paid work for persons with disabilities:

 

  • The U.S. Department of Census reports that 14% of those with disabilities, those who are working, are self employed.

 

  • Those with disabilities are twice as likely to start a business as non-disabled individuals.

 

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