The 6th Annual Hiring Abilities Employment Symposium and Job Fair was hosted by the City of Jacksonville and Florida Blue on November 29, 2018 at the Florida Blue Conference Center in Jacksonville. Please visit us again in 2019 for more information about the 7th Annual Hiring Abilities Employment Symposium and Job Fair. 

Follow this link to download Lou Orslene's presentation Self-Identification: Benefits to Federal Contractors and Career-Seekers with Diverse Abilities.

My Success Story: Mitch Gable

My first day of volunteering for Disabled Services was March 6, 2017.  I volunteered for 4 hours (8-12am) – 2 days a week.   I was always responsible for phone referrals.  Soon, I also shared responsibility of monitoring the “Waste Assistance Program” (WAP) in which I was charged with putting all of the file documents in alphabetical order as well as updating any customer record that might arise.  The whole process took me around 6-8 months to complete.

Since alphabetizing the WAP file, the office has stream-lined the system which has made it much more efficient for any authorized person to retrieve and/or update a customer’s file. I gained valuable knowledge from my volunteer experience.   

After approximately 18 months, I applied for a part-time position within City of Jacksonville.  One month later, I was called in for an interview.  My “attention to detail” was strengthened by the arduous task of the alphabetizing project, and it proved to be a highly desired attribute.  Two weeks later, the Human Resource Manager called and offered me the job. I was flabbergasted at first…Yes, I did accept the job. I am now working for the Duval County Clerk of Court in the recording department. I would like to thank the ENTIRE staff at Disabled Services for allowing me to work for them and constantly giving me the support & encouragement as well as the confidence that I needed to obtain my new position in the Duval County court system.                                                         

 Hiring Symposium viewing video during second presentation   Lou Orslene presenting at the 2015 Hiring Symposium   Job applicants speaking to Job Fair vendors