“Where can I find job candidates with disabilities?”
Many employers tell us that one of the greatest barriers they face in hiring people with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, is that they have trouble finding qualified candidates. That’s where effective outreach and recruitment strategies come in.
Working with state and local service providers, such as vocational rehabilitation agencies, American Job Centers, Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and other community-based organizations, is key to helping you find qualified candidates with disabilities.
State & Local Resources that Can Help
These centers located in communities throughout the country offer centralized employment and training services to help people both with and without disabilities prepare for and obtain employment. AJCs also help businesses recruit and hire qualified people with disabilities.
These community-based nonprofit agencies are run by and for people with disabilities. They provide a variety of services, including those related to employment. They can help employers find qualified candidates with disabilities and provide advice on employment supports, such as transportation and technology, that may impact an employer’s ability to hire, retain and advance people with disabilities.
Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), this directory provides a list of organizations that can assist with training, recruiting and hiring people with disabilities and veterans.
ENs are private organizations or public agencies that have agreed to provide employment and vocational rehabilitation services and other types of support to beneficiaries with disabilities under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program. Employers can contact one or more ENs in their area to let them know they are interested in employing people with disabilities and discuss the skills they need.
This is a nationwide network of business consultants that serve as employers’ points of contact for vocational rehabilitation (VR), the primary system of services and resources that specifically addresses the employment needs of individuals with disabilities. The NET’s focus is helping to ensure that the workforce needs of VR agencies’ business customers are met.
These state and federally-funded programs help people with disabilities find, secure and retain employment. They also accept job postings from employers interested in hiring people with disabilities.
Job Posting Websites & Other Recruitment Resources
The following are job posting websites for employers interested in finding job candidates with disabilities.
The AAPD Career Center is a premier source for people with disabilities to search for and land professional jobs with leading employers. It is also a source for companies of all sizes to find qualified and diverse job candidates.
Connects people with disabilities and employers. Employers must set up an account to create a company profile, post and manage job openings, and search for job candidates. The cost to post is $125 for a single job posting for one month, and $175 for two months. There are also several free options to access resumes and connect with prospective candidates.
A free job board for people with disabilities and employers. To access the job board and post positions, you must create a user account.
This advocacy organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities provides information on hiring people with disabilities. To post jobs, you must create an account. Job postings are free once you have an account.
This membership organization supports a national network of university-based programs for people with disabilities and their families. It also offers a free job board for employers interested in hiring people with disabilities. To post a job, email a one-page description of the position to Gwendolyn E. Clark at email@example.com.
Provides recruiting support to connect employers with people with disabilities. Also offers training on disability employment strategy and accessible technology options. To speak with a representative, call 412-787-8567.
Offers a job board for hiring people with disabilities and provides tips to employers on inclusive hiring practices. Account registration is free. The cost to post is $50 for a single job posting and $625 per month for unlimited job postings.
This is a job board for hiring minority groups, including people with disabilities and veterans. You must create an account to post a job. The cost is $225 per job posting.
This job board is geared towards large employers interested in hiring people with disabilities, and offers training programs and accommodation solutions as part of its package. To access the job board and other resources, employers must sign up to become a partner. Partnership packages start at $6,000 per year.
This job board connects people disabilities and employers. Employers can post positions and find resumes of qualified candidates by creating an account for $200 per month.
This job board for hiring people with disabilities partners with OneMoreWay.org, which provides information to employers interested in creating an inclusive workplace. Basic packages to post a job start at $99 per posting.
A free job board for employers interested in hiring students and recent graduates with disabilities. Only candidates who previously participated in the Federal Government’s Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) have access to job postings. To post a job, please fill out this form with information on your company and job openings.
Sources for Recruiting Veterans with Disabilities
This service helps employers across the country fill workforce needs with trained, educated and experienced disabled veterans. It provides recruitment assistance based on employers’ specific qualification requirements, and candidates are skilled and pre-screened.
A job board for hiring veterans. Packages start at $99 per year to post jobs and access resumes.
A nonprofit job board for hiring veterans with disabilities. The cost is $50 to post a single job or $625 per month for unlimited job postings.
A resource center, forum and job board for hiring veterans. The job board is hosted by Monster and costs $53 per job posting.
This nonprofit organization provides resources to veterans and their families and offers a free job board for employers interested in hiring veterans. To post a job, you must contact the NVF administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-642-0255.