“Not only did I learn a lot and gain new job-search skills,” said one recent Starkloff Disability boot camp attendee, “but I came to see my disability as an asset that makes me a potentially valuable employee.”
Seventeen eager job seekers recently participated in a 4-day boot camp training in preparation for the upcoming Reverse Job Fair to be held on August 10th. Unlike a typical job fair where job seekers move between different booths manned by employers, these job seekers will have their own booths and employers visit them. It’s a model that has seen great success in other parts of the country.
This will be Missouri’s first Reverse Job Fair. And with over 80 job seekers registered so far representing six Missouri and Illinois counties, it’s likely to be the largest Reverse Job Fair in history.
The boot camp candidates met at the Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation South Office from July 17th–20th for this free training by SDI. They learned Starkloff’s unique approach to resume writing, networking and most importantly: Discovering and sharing with others their unique strengths as people with disabilities. Candidates’ professions ranged from business analysts to professional educators, from social workers to paralegals. But they were all united by their desire for meaningful, full-time employment utilizing their hard-earned skills.
Candidates spent the last day of the boot camp working in small teams to brainstorm ideas for the Reverse Job Fair. SDI communications staff helped candidates vet some of their ideas and think about visual ways to represent their resume and personal brand.
The fair will take place at Forest Park Community College on Thursday, August 10th from 1:30 to 3:30pm. The event is being offered as part of the 3rd Annual Accommodations for Success, a series of free seminars hosted by the Workforce Development Board for the St. Louis Region, designed to educate interested employers about the ins and outs of hiring employees with disabilities.
To learn more about Accommodations for Success and the Reverse Job Fair, visit their Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-accommodation-for-success-tickets-35350151254. Interested employers can register for the full day of events or for the Reverse Job Fair alone.
Come support our job seekers and see first-hand what workers with disabilities can do!