Reverse job fair to showcase job seekers with disabilities

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Easter Seals of Northeast Indiana will invite area employers to meet job seekers with disabilities at a reverse job fair.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, the August 2016 unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 11.3% compared to only 4.8% for people without disabilities.

At a typical job fair, potential applicants navigate through displays and booths set up employers. At the reverse job fair, 10 to 15 job seekers will set up their own information tables for potential employers to visit, according to a press release from Easter Seals Arc.

The job seekers at the fair will be touting a variety of skills and experiences gained through training, volunteering, and previous employment. Employers will be guided to potential applicants that meet their needs through a color-coding system for different skills sets. Staff from Easter Seals Arc will be on hand to answer any questions employers may have regarding on-the-job supports or accommodations, according to the press release.

The fair will be held at Ivy Tech, rooms CC 1625 and 1626 on Tuesday, November 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.