My second job fair: a personal story

Hi Blog world,

Have you ever had a craving for a certain food? Well, I’ve had a craving for a fish sandwich for the past week, and that’s what I had, from McDonald’s, after my second job fair.

This time, the job fair was much more crowded than the first job fair I went too.

Because of my eye condition, Nystagmus, crowds feel so overwhelming to me. So I ended up taking my time with getting around to the different employers that were there.

I feel like this job fair was a little bit more successful than the first, because I was able to fill out an application for a local law firm. The job I applied for was not a writing job, however, I would be able to use my skills from a previous job I had.

I gave my resume to a handful of other employees too. I know from my past experience that I will not get a call back because my skills didn’t match with what they where looking for. But at least, I got my name out there.      

I feel like this journey, has been a long one. Two years to be exact, however, the main theme of my current journey is the same. Keep trying, and don’t give up.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Current event #2-Work for people with disabilities

Hi Blog world,

I just read an interesting article about how the number of, people with disabilities, are getting hired. I like this concept because I have disabilities myself and I feel like it’s a good thing for people with disabilities to have jobs.

One thing that I wish this short article would have had provided was when the next report would be released.  Also, where to find this report would have been helpful because I felt confused because the article stated two different sources on where they got their information.  It just something I would like to see.

Here’s the link to the article: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/06/05/jobs-may-15/20358/

What do you think about the rise of people with disabilities getting hired? What do you think about the article in general? What other information do you think would have made the article more interesting? Tell me in the comments below.

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

Mock Interview

Hi Blog world,

It has been a busy week for me.  Not only did I have my normal classwork to do, but I also had a mock interview with the coaching staff at the career services lab.

I was nervous the week before because there was a form and a quiz that I had to complete before I could do the mock interview.  As the days grew closer to the interview I began to feel more nervous.  I review the booklet that the center provided.  However I was still unsure about what type of interview questions would be asked and if I would be able to answer them correctly.

On the day of the interview, I already had a busy day planned.  I had to go to class then hurry over to the career center.  When I got there I was still feeling a little nervous.   As time went on, while I was waiting for my turn, I started to feel a little better.

When it was my turn for the interview, the coach talked to me about my major and if I had any questions about the career booklet.  I stated that I wasn’t sure about answering questions about my disability.  He then proceeded to tell me that we would talk about it after the interview.  The first question was simple. “Tell me a little bit about yourself,” That question I was able to answer with what the career booklet called “One minute commercial.”  I felt good about my answer and my coach said I did a great job answering it.  The questions got harder, as I had to talk about different kinds of situations and how I handle them.  During that time, my coach told me a good way to answer that. “STAR.” Which stands for tell me about the situation, how you handled it, and what the outcome was.  I will have to practice answering these types of questions, but I am sure that I will feel better about it soon.

At the end of the interview, my coach said I did great.  He helped me go over how to answer questions about my disability and some other key factors that could help me succeed with the real interview.

It was a great day and I learned a lot,

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene