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Smart Hire: A New Tool to Recruit Pre-Screened Job Seekers with Disabilities

By , July 7, 2014

Think Beyond the Label is excited to announce the Smart Hire program, which will officially kick off tomorrow. Smart Hire is an innovative online resource that introduces employers to a select group of candidates with disabilities who are looking for jobs or internships.

Found on thinkbeyondthelabel.com/smart-hire, the program pre-screens and pre-qualifies candidates from a wide range of thriving industries, minimizing the amount of time businesses will have to spend to identify candidates with disabilities to fill open positions.

The program features one-paragraph descriptions of candidates including their professional, academic and leadership qualifications. To participate in the program, job seekers must have at least a four-year college degree and be actively searching for a job in a professional industry such as accounting, information technology or healthcare. Internship seekers must be working towards a four-year college or advanced degree.

Since all candidates have been vetted, Smart Hire drastically reduces the time and money businesses will have to spend to identify candidates with disabilities to fill open positions in order to meet their diversity hiring needs. In March 2014, the U.S. Labor Department updated Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act to require federal contractors and subcontractors to work to have 7% of their workforce be made up of workers with disabilities.

Think Beyond the Label has enlisted The Sea Glass Group, a unique recruiting firm that specializes in identifying and recruiting college graduates and advanced-degreed professionals with disabilities. Businesses that are interested in a candidate’s profile will be connected to a member of The Sea Glass Group’s executive team, who will provide the candidate’s full resume to recruiters.

The program will initially be available at no cost to employers. Job seekers who want to be profiled as a Smart Hire candidate should email smarthire@thinkbeyondthelabel.com.

There are more than 1,350,000 Americans with disabilities unemployed but actively looking for work, according to the latest U.S. Census. And there’s nearly 250,000 businesses with federal contractors actively recruiting workers with disabilities.

Demand for access to this recruitment pool has never been higher, and Think Beyond the Label is well positioned to help businesses and job seekers connect more efficiently. As an introductory offer, participation for both employers and job seekers is free with open access for businesses to this exclusive pool of candidates.

This is by far our most proactive professional candidate-sourcing program to date. We’re excited about the opportunities this will afford federal contractors and other businesses as they work to meet their federal hiring requirements and further diversify their workforce.

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Author: Barbara Otto

Barbara Otto is the CEO of Health & Disability Advocates, which manages Think Beyond the Label.