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COMPLETED 2017 Convention Employment Committee Events; Including Recordings:

The 2017 convention of the National Federation of the Blind took place in Orlando, Florida, July 10 to July 15, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

With Recordings First Event- Job Seeker Seminar
Monday July 10

Read or download the 2017 NFB Job Seeker Seminar Agenda

As mentioned, this year we not only have materials in text to download, but we also have two choices in how you can listen to the presentations of this year's Job Seeker Seminar:

Choice #1: Listen to the entire seminar, from start to finish.

Choice #2: Below are the agenda items for the Job Seeker Seminar and each presentor's recorded remarks.

12:30 - 4:00: JOB SEEKER SEMINAR

12:30 - 12:40: Introduction by Dick Davis – Chair, NFB Employment Committee.
Listen to Dick Davis.

12:40 - 1:00: “From Hiring Goals to Diversity and Inclusion: Opening Jobs to Blind People”, Kathy Martinez - Wells Fargo
Listen to Kathy Martinez.

1:00 - 1:15: “The Challenge of Building and Maintaining Momentum”
Mike Bullis, Employment Committee Member
Listen to Mike Bullis.

1:15 - 2:20: Employer Panel:
David Ortiz – Oracle - “Who Do We Hire and Why?”
Listen to David Ortiz.
Listen to Colleen Madigan - blind employee of Oracle.

Shannon Offord - Direct Employer Association - “Getting a Job With Our 900 Member Employers”
Listen to Shannon Offord.

Christy Lynch - TD Bank - “Careers You Can Bank On”
Listen to Christy Lynch.

Wilbert Turner – Cleveland Sight Center - “Federal Jobs: the Basics”
Listen to Wilbert Turner.

Listen to Questions and Answers for These Employers.

2:20 - 2:30: “Sound Careers - Diversity and Inclusion in the Audio Industry”, Byron Hardin – I See Music, LLC
Listen to Byron Hardin.

2:30 - 3:30: Resume and Interview Panel:
Monica Victorino - Wells Fargo - “ Resume Writing and Interview Preparation “
listen to Monica Victorino.

Bobbi Pompey, Employment Committee Member - “Using the STAR Method in Interviewing”
Listen to Bobbi Pompey.

Kate Williams - Lighthouse for the Blind, S.F. - “ABCs of Interviewing: How to guarantee the interview turns into a job offer
Listen to Kate Williams

Read or download the 2017 NFB Job Seeker Resume Writing and Interviewing Presentation

Employer from AIR, job openings announcement:
Listen to Cynthia Overten.

3:30 - 4:00: Breakout sessions

Second Event- An Etiquette Dinner presented by the Employment Committee
Monday evening July 10

Read or download our description of this dining event- Winning Them Over with Professionalism and Poise

Third Event- National Job Fair
Tuesday July 11; this was the first year everyone had to register for the Job Fair because we need to collect data on our jobseekers in order to market the Job Fair to more employers. (People who registerd got access to help from experienced resume writing specialest.)

Read or Download the 2017 List of 29 Employers

Fourth Event- The NFB Employment Committee Meeting
Thursday July 13

Read or download the agenda for the 2017 Employment Committee Meeting

Fifth Event- The Upward Mobility Seminar
Friday July 14

Coming Soon Read or download the 2017 NFB Upward Mobility Seminar Handout

Past Conventions

  • 2016 National convention - Job Seeker Agenda, Job Fair, and employment Committee Meeting



    July 5th, JOB SEEKER SEMINAR - Orlando, Florida:

    Download the 2016 Job Seeker Seminar Agenda.

    July 5th, JOB FAIR:
    We had 23 employers; again, we had more employers than we had in past years.

    Download a List of All 2016 Job Fair employers

    July 8th, EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE MEETING:
    Learn about training and other resources that can help you with job search and employment. Job Exchange: looking for a job, bring your résumé; looking for someone to hire, bring your job(s). What can the Committee do to increase the employment of blind people? Bring ideas.

  • 2015 National convention - Job Seeker Agenda, Job Fair, and employment Committee Meeting



    July 5th, JOB SEEKER SEMINAR - Orlando, Florida:
    Presentations On: Overcoming Paralysis in your Job Search; People Hire People; Career Challenges for the International Student; Project Starfish; The Hospitality Profession; The Employment Committee’s Resources for the Job Seeker; Followed Up With - Breakout/Networking Session With Presenters.

    Download the 2015 Job Seeker Seminar Agenda.

    View a YouTube video of this year's job seeker's seminar. (We thank Nelson Echevarria for filming our event!)

    July 5th, JOB FAIR:
    We had 32 employers; again, we had more employers than we had in past years.

    Download a List of All 2015 Job Fair employers

    July 8th, EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE MEETING:
    Learn about training and other resources that can help you with job search and employment. Job Exchange: looking for a job, bring your résumé; looking for someone to hire, bring your job(s). What can the Committee do to increase the employment of blind people? Bring ideas.

  • center">2014 National convention - Job Seeker Agenda, Job Fair, employment Committee Meeting, and Handouts



    July 1st, JOB SEEKER SEMINAR - Orlando, Florida:
    Learn the skills, low tech and high tech, that you need to get a job. Experts from NFB training centers, state and private agencies, and employers give you the skills and inspiration you need.

    Download the 2014 Job Seeker Seminar Agenda.

    July 1st, JOB FAIR:
    We had twenty-four employers; twice as many than we had last year.

    Download How Job Fairs Work - a guide to doing well at a Job Fair.
    Download a List of All 2014 Job Fair employers

    July 4th, EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE MEETING:
    Learn about training and other resources that can help you with job search and employment. Job Exchange: looking for a job, bring your résumé; looking for someone to hire, bring your job(s). What can the Committee do to increase the employment of blind people? Bring ideas.

  • center">2013 National convention - Job Seeker Agenda, Job Fair, and employment Committee Meeting



    July 1st, JOB SEEKER SEMINAR - Orlando, Florida:
    Do you want a job? Learn the skills, low tech and high tech, that you need to get one. Monster.com shows you how to apply for jobs online. Experts from NFB training centers, state and private agencies, and others give you the skills and inspiration you need.

    Download the 2013 Job Seeker Seminar Agenda.

    July 1st, JOB FAIR:
    We had 12 employers; watch for next year, we plan to have even more.

    Download a List of All 2013 Job Fair employers

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