Job Seeker - Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I enter the Online ABILITY Job Fair and is there a cost?
You can only enter the Recruiter Booths the day of the event:
- The page with all of the companies listed will become active: current URL is abilityjobfair.org/october-1-ability-job-fair
- Each employer box has a "YOU MUST BE REGISTERED AND LOGGED IN" at the start of the event this will change to "LOG IN HERE"
This will bring you into the queue to meet recruiters of that company. To reach another employer revisit the Job Fair page and choose another company.
- please be aware of your time zone
- 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, Firefox or MS Edge browser (iPhone/iPad use Safari.)
Is Zoom similar to the ABILITY Job Fair?
Zoom is a single or group video platform. ABILITY Job Fair (AJF) is much different. Replicating the actions of an in person career fair, AJF is a face to face video experience with an individual recruiter and job seeker. Job seekers wait in a queue for their one on one meeting, if a sign language interpreter is needed a third video appears. Also AJF's platform allows candidates to leave a video message for the recruiter. During an AJF, due to the security firewalls, Zoom should not be opened.
What is a Video Message?
When you click to connect with a recruiter, one of the choices is to “Leave a Video Message”.
A Video Message is a chance for you to record a message using our job fair platform. After the job fair, we send your recorded message to the recruiter you wanted to reach.
You can leave a brief message about yourself and what you’re looking for. Some people call this an “elevator pitch”. What would you say if you met a recruiter in an elevator?
How long is the message? You get a maximum of 3 minutes. Most messages are about a minute.
Does the recording start as soon as I choose “Leave a Video Message”? No, there is a message that lets you choose when to start the recording.
Can I use ASL when leaving a video message?
Yes! If you choose to leave a video message using ASL, the video will be delivered to the recruiter with "voice over" from an ASL interpreter.
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.
If I leave a video message on the platform, who can view that?
If you decide to leave a video message for an employer, your video is embedded into a protected area of the website that only recruiters can access. The videos are available to recruiters for 30 days. Videos are deleted after recruiter access expires.
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.
To answer the question, 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?
Not recommended. 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?
Not recommended. The career fair provides an opportunity for a personal connection — a Job Seeker meeting face-to-face with a Recruiter.
What is "speech-to-text"?
Speech-to-text is a live, real-time captioning application. It helps people who are deaf or have hearing loss see the text of the person speaking.
Job Seekers can click the "Show Dictation" link to be able to see what the recruiter is saying in real time.
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?
When you attend the Online Career Fair, you will have have a choice of how you would like to participate. You can choose the option to talk to a recruiter with an ASL Interpreter.
When you connect with the recruiter, the recruiter is alerted and will make the connection with an interpreter.
Can I use my mobile phone for the career fair?
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. Click here for iPhone and iPad.
- Chrome will ask permission to use your camera and microphone. Please accept both.
- Clear your browser cache.
- Be sure you are logged in as a Job Seeker.
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.