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Find Your Future at the AbilityLinks Virtual Job Fair - May 21-25, 2012

April 2, 2012 (Wheaton, IL) – Ken Skord is the Director of AbilityLinks.org, the award-winning job opportunity website that was created in 2001 to influence disability and employment-related practices and hiring of people with disabilities. Skord and his team offer support to job seekers, employers, and service providers by creating connections which promote a more inclusive workforce. “As of February 2012, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 15.8%, nearly double the unemployment rate for non-disabled individuals,” explains Skord. “Employers and service providers can positively impact this rate by participating in our virtual job fairs and networking with this talented workforce.”

AbilityLinks will be hosting a virtual job fair in May, which is free to both job seekers and employers. The online recruiting event is accessible 24 hours a day, from Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25. Registration for this year’s first virtual job fair will begin in April and sponsorship opportunities are available. 

“Marianjoy’s commitment to people with disabilities goes beyond physical rehabilitation and education,” notes Kathleen Yosko, President and CEO of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and AbilityLinks Steering Committee Co-Chair. “These virtual job fairs provide access to meaningful job opportunities for people with disabilities while employers add to a deeper and more diverse applicant pool.”

Exhibiting employers will receive a virtual booth, company profile page and unlimited job postings with links to their preferred online application page. Job seekers will be able to post various styles of their resume, tailoring them to specific areas of interest and submit their resumes directly to employers. Job seekers and employers will also have the opportunity to connect in live chat sessions. The online career fair eliminates costs, hardships, and additional time associated with traveling to in-person job fairs, making it convenient for employers and job seekers.

AbilityLinks also offers a mentoring program which connects job seekers with an established working professional for input and encouragement in their job search. Job seekers and employers that are interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the AbilityLinks job fair may register by clicking on the Virtual Job Fair link on www.AbilityLinks.org .

To learn more about AbilityLinks or the upcoming Virtual Job Fair, visit www.AbilityLinks.org

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About AbilityLinks.org

Every day, thousands of individuals join America’s fastest growing labor pool - Persons with Disabilities. Now in its eleventh year, AbilityLinks, the free, nationwide program of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, works each day to match qualified individuals to employers that embrace diversity. The program has assisted hundreds of these individuals find employment. Embrace diversity. Employ persons with disabilities.

About Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is a nonprofit teaching hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, dedicated to the delivery of physical medicine and rehabilitation programs including stroke, neuromuscular, orthopedic, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and pediatrics. Marianjoy’s $60 million, 120 private room replacement hospital is a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the naturally holistic approach to rehabilitation. Founded in 1972, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.