Job Seeker - Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I enter the Online ABILITY Job Fair and is there a cost?
Each job fair has a Job Seeker portal that is available a few weeks before the job fair begins. When the Job Seeker Portal is "live", you will enter through the "Job Seeker Enter Here" button on abilityjobfair.org home page.
ABILITY Job Fair is free to job seekers
What technology do I need to participate in the career fair?
To attend the job fair you will need:
- Desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet or smartphone
- Webcam and Microphone
- Chrome browser (only Chrome is supported)
Is Zoom similar to the ABILITY Job Fair?
Like Zoom, ABILITY Job Fair is a video experience. There are many differences:
- To speak to a recruiter, you fillout a brief form with your contact info and resume. Then you enter a queue.
- If you need a sign language interpreter, you can request one when you join the queue.
- The queue is a waiting area where you can learn more about the company and see the number of people waiting ahead of you.
- You are invited into a meeting and you can select and test your webcam and mic. (Each meeting is video and audio)
- After you join the meeting, you can use text or captioning with video/audio to communicate.
- The recruiter gets your resume on the spot!
Try the demonstration for more details!
Who has access to my job seeker data?
Recruiters are provided access to profiles for those job seekers who have registered for that specific job fair. ONLY verified recruiters who are registered have access to job seeker data.
How long will recruiters have access to job seeker data?
Recruiters will have access to profiles and video messages starting the day prior to the job fair and for 30 days following the job fair. During this 30-day period, Recruiters may download your data and add you to their pipelines to contact you with future opportunities.
How does ABILITY Job Fair protect Job Seeker Data?
Job Seeker data is stored on a separate secure database. Your data is shared ONLY with recruiters who are verified and registered for the current job fair. JOB SEEKER DATA IS NOT SOLD OR SHARED WITH THIRD PARTY ENTITIES OTHER THAN RECRUITER PARTICIPANTS.
Will I be asked about my disability?
First, by participating in the ABILITY Job Fair, which is only for job seekers with disabilities, you are self identifying as a person with a disability. Keep in mind that employers are participating because they want to recruit job seekers with disabilities.
Employers are not permitted (by law) to ask about your disability, health, etc. It’s your decision what you decide to share.
Employers can ask if you can perform the job with reasonable accommodations. The job fair meetings are not full interviews, so this may not come up until later in the process, if at all.
Can I attend the Career Fair on behalf of my friend/associate/someone else?
No. The career fair provides an opportunity for a personal interaction — a Job Seeker meeting face-to-face with a Recruiter.
If I do not have a disability, can I still attend the career fair as a Job Seeker?
The ABILITY Job Fair is for job seekers with disabilities. All job seekers who have disabilities unter the Americans with Disabilities Act may attend. You must affirm that you have a disability when you register for each job fair.
What is "speech-to-text"?
Speech-to-text is a real-time captioning application. It helps people who are deaf or have hearing loss see the text of the person speaking.
Job seeekers click CC to show captions.
I can't login. What should I do?
If you have signed up, first try a password reset.
If you get a message that states "username does not exist", please try to sign up again. Be sure to check the spelling of your email address.
If you do not get a verification link email in your inbox or spam folder, contact us using the email on the verification page. support (at) abilityjobs.com
How do I connect with a Sign Language Interpreter?
During the job fair, you will visit different employer portals to speak with recruiters. Before you enter an employer's booth, you will fill out basic information and add your resume. This form is also where you request a sign language interpreter.
The recruiter gets an alert and will invite an interpreter to join the meeting.
See the Demonstration for more details.
Can I use my mobile phone for the career fair?
Yes. Mobile use is supported. However, we suggest a Tablet, Laptop or Desktop computer — a larger screen is probably a better experience.
If you are using an iPad or iPhone, please use Chrome browser.
I can't open the Job Seeker Demonstration.
If you can't open the job seeker demo, please check these steps.
- Check your microphone and camera are connected and working.
- Check that you are using Chrome as your browser.
- Chrome will ask permission to use your camera and microphone. Please accept both.
- Clear your browser cache.
See Trouble shooting for more information.
Can you help me with my resume?
ABILITY Job Fair is not able to personally assist in resume building, however if you post your resume on abilityJOBS.com, a feature will appear for FREE evaluation. This is a third party application that helps improve your existing resume.
Also, Independent Living Centers in your area, local community centers and public libraries often provide free support.
I am not a US citizen. Can I register if I am a Job Seeker with a disability?
Yes. Hiring policies vary with each company. We encourage all Job Seekers with disabilities to register and upload resumes.
What types of jobs are avaiable (local, remote, skills, part-time,...)?
Each career fair builds employer pages that highlight the openings they are looking to fill. To better understand the scope of possibilities ranging from where companies are hiring, skills, work from home options, etc..., visit the current ABILITY Job Fair often to see updated material per employer. Employers continue to update their material as the date of a career fair gets closer. Please keep in mind the recruiters are tasked to find job seekers that match their skill set needs.
I already have my resume on abilityJOBS.com, do I need to add it here as well?
While both systems work to increase your chances to find employment. They are different platforms, ABILITY Job Fair does not store information, it only holds data for the time period connected to the career fair.
abilityJOBS.com keeps (anonymous) resumes on file until job seeker removes it.