TalentWorks: A Guide to Accessible Online Recruitment

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With job offers and recruiting processes gaining a larger online presence, for those of us lucky to be fully abled, having everything online is a convenient step in the world of job searching. Just get online, browse, apply, and the recruiter on the other end will evaluate the applications online and post new job offers. Sounds very simple and convenient, doesn’t it? But what if you’re disabled and can’t access the internet as easily? How do you get equal opportunity in the modern labor market if you can’t apply to all the great jobs that are now posted online?

Well, here’s some good news. The U.S. Department of Labor with the support of the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) launched TalentWorks, a free online resource that provides guidance for employers and human resources (HR) professionals to make their eRecruiting technologies accessible to all job seekers. It includes a series of tip sheets related to e-recruiting, covering topics such as job applications, digital interviews and pre-employment tests. All these online resources are set to constantly evolve in order to improve the accessibility of the technology recruiters use throughout the entire employment lifecycle.

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This platform is a breath of fresh air for disabled job seekers, considering that most of the recruitment processes have recently moved online. So here’s to hoping more organizations take on this sort of initiative to improve hiring processes and ultimately lead to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

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