Many online and in-person career fairs are taking place this July and August. Taking part in a career fair is a good way to practice talking about yourself, your skills and your strengths.

Access to Employment Support Services for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Who Want to Work
 
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Summer Career Fairs are a Great Place to Start Your Job Search

Jul 16, 2016

About Ticket to Work

Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who get Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. It helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.

Learn more

To learn more about Ticket Work, contact the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (Voice) or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket to Work Find Help tool.

Many online and in-person career fairs are taking place this July and August. Taking part in a career fair is a good way to practice talking about yourself, your skills and your strengths. Career fairs also give you an opportunity to learn more about what kinds of jobs you might like and about job openings from employers and recruiters. You may even get an interview on the spot!

Ticket to Work Virtual Job Fair (Online)

The Ticket to Work program will host its next Virtual Job Fair on August 24, 2016, from 11:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. ET. This is a national event, so participating employers will have jobs throughout the United States. Sponsored by Social Security, the job fair will connect you to companies that work with the government. These companies have job openings for people with many different skill and experience levels. They are most interested in hiring qualified people with disabilities.

You should register if you are:

  •   A Ticket to Work participant,
  •   Using your ticket to get services from an approved Employment Network (EN) or your state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency, and
  •   Ready to work 

Here’s how to register:


Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs (In-Person)

Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs give recruiters access to the largest pool of diverse, multi-cultural, qualified professionals in the United States. It is the only career fair that targets women, minorities, seniors, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people and people with disabilities (all groups covered under the Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964). Diversity Career Fairs are held every year in most major cities where the mayor and/or governor proclaim "Diversity Employment Day."

 

Veteran Recruiting (Online and In-Person)

Veteran recruiting virtual career fairs connect service members, veterans and military spouses leaving the service to employers in real time. These career fairs are conducted online so you can participate from anywhere in the world. More than 150,000 veterans have been hired by companies participating in the online veteran recruiting fairs.

 

Hiring Our Heroes (In-Person)

Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, helps veterans, service members and military spouses leaving the service to find meaningful employment. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 560 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

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