Matching qualified candidates with employers is what Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is all about. OOD kicked off National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with a job fair in Cincinnati this week. This event featured 251 OOD job seekers with disabilities interacting with 48 area employers looking to fill vacant positions.
OOD’s regional job fairs provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to connect with employers. The job fairs also raise awareness with employers about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities by providing Windmills educational workshops to help Ohio businesses recruit a diverse workforce.
For job-ready candidates, making personal connections with employers at the job fairs has a big impact. Chris, a job seeker from Cincinnati, was excited to see so many possible job opportunities, but was especially pleased with CVS. “I was offered a pharmacy technician position at a CVS in Cincinnati on the spot!” he said.
Employers thought the day was well organized and job seekers were prepared and qualified. Cintas employee Faiza Askari said, “There are a lot of interested people who are very involved and engaged. Everybody is well prepared to look for a job.”
This team of Cintas Human Resources employees frequently participate in job fairs and were surprised that for the first time, they ran out of flyers. “These people really came here to find jobs,” said Stacey Callos.
Story and photos from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Weekly Focus newsletter.