Wednesday Workshop: Empowering Job Searching in the Blind Community

Date and Time



1 hour


Welcome to our workshop on empowering blind job seekers! Today, we’re diving into key strategies and resources to help you navigate the job market with confidence.

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What to expect

1. Introductions (10 minutes)

  • Welcome attendees and introduce the purpose of the workshop.
  • Ice breaker: What job searching techniques have you used and recommend?

2. Working with State Services in Your Job Prep and Hunt (15 minutes)

  • Provide an overview of available state services for blind individuals in the job search process.
  • Discuss the role of state agencies and the types of support services they offer, such as vocational rehabilitation, job placement assistance, and assistive technology training.
  • Offer guidance on how attendees can access and utilize these services in their job preparation and search.
  • Participants can share their experiences of working with their state rehab services for job readiness

3. Online Job Searching

  • Highlight the prevalence of online job searching and its benefits. (15 minutes)
  • Provide tips and strategies for conducting effective job searches online, including using accessible job search platforms and leveraging search filters.
  • Discuss how to navigate online job applications and customize resumes and cover letters for specific job opportunities.
  • Offer guidance on staying organized and tracking job applications and responses.
  • Participants are asked to share their experiences with job searching platforms online.

4. Why Your Network Matters (15 minutes)

  • Emphasize the importance of networking in the job search process.
  • Discuss how networking can provide access to hidden job opportunities and insider information about companies and industries.
  • Offer strategies for building and maintaining professional relationships, both online and offline.
  • Provide tips for effectively leveraging your network to gain referrals and recommendations.

5. Closing (5 minutes)

  • Summarize key takeaways from the workshop.
  • Encourage attendees to apply the strategies learned in their job search journey.
  • Provide resources for further support, including contact information for state services and additional networking opportunities.
  • Thank attendees for their participation and invite feedback or questions.
  • Penny Forward updates

We’re excited to embark on this journey with you and look forward to the transformative experiences and discoveries that lie ahead. Let’s make today the first step towards a brighter future together.

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