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alert ATTENTION: College closed Wednesday-Sunday for Thanksgiving.

Disability job fairs Thursday

Come to employer networking events for Columbus State students and recent grads with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Sessions are planned at Columbus State and The Ohio State University

Thursday, February 13, 2014
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Columbus State Community College
Conference Center Ballroom
WD 435C
315 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215


Thursday, February 13, 2014
2-4 p.m.
The Ohio State University
The Ohio Union, Cartoon Room
Third floor
1739 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43210

Participating employers include:

  • OhioHealth: Disability Services and Recruiting.
  • American Electric Power: Workforce Diversity Consultant and Recruiting.
  • Red Roof Inns Contact Center: Hiring and Training, Springfield Red Roof Inns Contact Center.
  • Procter & Gamble: People with Disabilities Corporate Recruiting.
  • Cardinal Health: Diversity and Recruiting.
  • General Electric Lighting: Talent Acquisition.
  • Sears Holding Company: Human Resources.
  • Mount Carmel Health System: Talent Acquisition.
  • UPS: Recruiting.
  • Cleveland Clinic: Executive Recruitment, Talent Acquisition - Morning Only.
  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base: Diversity & People with Disabilities Program; Workforce Recruitment Program, Summer Program for Students with Disabilities; STEM Program – Afternoon Only.

Employers will:

  • Discuss what they are looking for in the candidates they hire.
  • Provide tips on resumes, interviewing, and self-disclosure.
  • Answer students' questions.
  • Network with students.

Both sessions are open to students and recent graduates with learning and attention issues from Columbus State, Ohio State, other Central Ohio colleges/universities and Central Ohio high school transition programs.


The following are some steps to ensure your success through the project:

Step 1: Go to the websites of the participating companies and search them for positions which meet your location requirements, knowledge, skills and abilities, and for which you meet the essential functions of the job.

Step 2: Compare your resume to the job descriptions and make revisions accordingly. Look for the "power words" in the job announcements, e.g., "excellent computer skills" or "excellent interpersonal relations" and make sure these words are reflected in your resume, if they are true. Due to the large volume of resumes received by larger companies many are using scanners to search for the "power words" that match those in their job announcements. The more "power words" you include in your resume the more likely you are to be contacted.

Step 3: Compare your resume format to an established "resume template."

Step 4: Apply for the positions in which you are interested and qualified.

Step 5: Send your resume and the names of the companies, position names and numbers for which you applied and email to Leslie Wilson at  Leslie will share your resume and the positions in which you are interested with her company contacts to help you get noticed.

Step 6: If you are attending the February 13 Employer Networking Events at Columbus State or Ohio State, bring your updated resume and position names and numbers for which you have applied at the companies listed below.

Step 7: If you are attending the February 13 Employer Networking Events referenced in Step 6, please be sure to dress as professionally as possible.

About the Central Ohio Workplace Initiative (COWI)

On November 1, 2013, the Ohio Business Leadership Network (OHBLN) began working on the Central Ohio Workplace Initiative, a project funded by a grant from a private foundation concerned about the high unemployment rate of individuals with disabilities with a focus on those with learning and attention issues. The OHBLN is a voluntary employer-to-employer organization formed to promote the employment of qualified workers who happen to have disabilities ( Through COWI, the OHBLN is working with businesses to identify job seekers with learning and attention issues and create demand for their skills in distribution, retail, healthcare and other industries.

Below is the list of OHBLN member companies interested in employing individuals with learning and attention issues, and that have agreed to work with COWI to identify qualified candidates. The links will take you to their career sites.