November 13, 2008
GettingHired.Com Launches Fully Accessible Online Career Center &Amp; Social Networking Community for People With Disabilities
GettingHired.com announced today its launch as the first employer subscription-based online career center and social networking community for people with disabilities. Incorporating advanced, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 508 compliant technology, GettingHired.com is the first job portal and social network that enables the nation's 22.3 million working age people with disabilities to connect -- without limitation -- to peers, mentors, employers, advocacy groups and a national registry of product and service providers dedicated to the career advancement of those living with disabilities.
GettingHired.com Distinguishing Factors
-- Beyond ADA and 508 compliant technologies, GettingHired's social networking platform represents a significant evolution in the advancement of the Internet and social media, seeking to bring the freedom and fulfillment of interactive connections to peers with disabilities, potential employers, mentors and advocates in an environment that is similar to top social networking sites LinkedIn and Facebook.
-- The GettingHired Advisory Council is comprised of experienced leaders from numerous organizations around the country devoted to providing companies and executives with valuable insight and guidance in regards to employing individuals with disabilities.
-- All subscribing employers and job seekers with disabilities are given access to a comprehensive network of local service providers that offer work place accommodation support and solutions in addition to niche resources.
GettingHired.com for the Job Seeker
-- GettingHired.com's advanced technology infrastructure enables social networking access to millions of users who are visually, hearing or cognitively impaired.
-- GettingHired.com portal provides job seekers with disabilities unique career-building tools, services and resources to prepare them for the workplace and enable them to effectively present their individual skills and talents to potential employers. Available free tools include a cover letter and resume builder, video interview training, a comprehensive peer mentoring program, and career compatibility assessment and reporting.
-- Through the GettingHired.com social networking platform, people living with disabilities are able to participate in the social media landscape via the GettingHired web forum and blog. Here, job seekers can connect with peer mentors who also have disabilities to discuss an array of relevant topics, including employment and career concerns.
-- GettingHired.com's unique product and service provider network, which is the only national registry of its kind, provides people with disabilities access to a local network of providers to help candidates with a wide range of needs.
GettingHired.com for the Employer
-- GettingHired.com provides employers, government agencies and non-profit organizations with access to a searchable resume database of job seekers living with disabilities who are qualified and seeking employment.
-- The GettingHired portal is particularly advantageous to corporations who are engaged under government contracts requiring OFCCP compliance.
-- GettingHired's national network of services providers adds significant value to employers who are in need of assistance in providing workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities.
-- RightMatch(TM) technology searches the GettingHired database and sends resumes of only those candidates who match the employer's job requirements.
-- Employers also receive a daily RightMatch notification email and have access to optional candidate video marketing profiles.
GettingHired has partnered with numerous advocacy groups to help people with disabilities increase their visibility to employers. Charter member employers, including CIGNA, CSX Transportation, Pep Boys, ITT, PSEG, Celgene, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, have already signed on with GettingHired.com.
"Our mission is to create significant employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities and enable them to socialize and network in an environment that was previously unavailable to them," said Tom Muscalino, chief operating officer, GettingHired.com. "At a time when our talent pool is shrinking due to boomer retirement and attrition, we are excited to launch this important resource into the marketplace and help raise awareness of this deep well of untapped talent ranging from college students to war veterans."
"The integration of 508 compliant technologies within a social networking platform is truly a significant evolution in the advancement of the Internet and social media. In the near future, we plan to implement additional social media tools, such as wikis and podcasts, on hot topics and trends relevant to people with disabilities," added Muscalino.
The GettingHired Mission: To create sustainable employment growth and opportunity for people with disabilities. The GettingHired internet based portal accomplishes its mission by serving and connecting:
-- Job Seekers with Disabilities
-- Committed Employers
-- Advocacy Organizations
-- Service Providers
Our portal has incorporated several unique free services designed to help people prepare for the work place and build their careers. Our social networking medium offers individuals a platform to connect with each other and career mentors. Job seekers will find opportunities posted by employers who expressly use our portal through paid annual subscriptions to hire them. Our portal identifies and highlights individual skills, talents and backgrounds. No person will be asked to disclose a disability anywhere on the GettingHired portal. Our Right Match technology matches individual qualifications to specific job requirements facilitating employment success. For more information call (866) 352-7481 or visit www.gettinghired.com
Contacts: GettingHired, LLC Thomas L. Muscalino Chief Operating Officer 908-212-3628 Email Contact PFS Marketwyse Jacqueline Dodd Account Executive 973-812-8883 Email Contact