A new jobs website has been launched last month, July 2016, to benefit persons with disabilities (PWDs) at the Bayanihan Center, Mandaluyong City.
The site, daretohiremenow.com, is a self-advocacy website by Project Inclusion that helps PWDs to “promote their skills, capabilities, and work preferences in order to find gainful employment,” according to a report by Rappler.
More than 60 PWDs attended the said launch and they became the first jobseekers to sign up and create skills-based online resumes. A job process simulation was also held to help boost their confidence in applying for employment.
The simulation included Skills Assessment, Resume Building, and Practice Interviews.
Daretohiremenow.com steps outside traditional recruitment practice where diplomas and degrees are the main requirements for job positions. What they do instead is to match jobseekers’ skills to the requirements set by potential employers.
As the Rappler article tells us:
“It aims to steer courage and build confidence for both the employee and potential employer. With daretohiremenow.com, PWDs have a platform where they can be assessed by their skills and capabilities. At the same time, it assures employers that a system is in place to ensure that the company’s needs are perfectly matched.”
Meanwhile, ULF Executive Director Rhodora Palomar-Fresnedi adds:
“It is time that PWDs champion themselves – as themselves. It is time that we allow them to become more independent; to communicate and assert their own interests, desires, and needs. It is time for them to advocate their own rights for education, inclusion, and employment.
“It is our job to set the right conditions, and create the environment for them to do that.”
Other features of the website include text- and photo-based resume builders to cater to PWDs depending on their needs. They also have text-to-speech for blind users of the site along with a magnifying glass function for people with vision difficulties.