Two virtual events are slated to help job seekers, especially those on disability, find onsite and work-from-home jobs with several big-name employers.
Both events are hosted by My Employment Options, a national employment network authorized by the Social Security Administration. MEO helps disabled workers navigate federal employment programs and find work suited to their needs — for free.
The Penny Hoarder spoke with several experts from MEO for our guide to working while receiving disability benefits, reviewing the available federal work programs offered by the Social Security Administration and highlighting common pitfalls disabled workers experience as they balance income from benefits and work.
The first event, a webinar on Sept. 26, is suited to those unfamiliar with work-from-home employers and job opportunities. The second event, on Oct. 10, is a virtual job fair where attendees can interact directly with employers who have current job openings in several fields.
Both events are free and open to the public. Participation in the webinar is not required to attend the job fair.
Event 1: Preparing to Work From Home Webinar, Sept. 26
The webinar is essentially a pre-event for the upcoming job fair, designed to walk attendees through the nuts and bolts of working from home.
The hour-long event is Thurs, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. Eastern.
Two of MEO’s work-from-home jobs counselors will discuss several topics such as:
- Applying to remote jobs.
- Finding legitimate remote job opportunities.
- General requirements to work at home.
- Benefits of working at home.
- Specific tips for the Oct. 10 virtual job fair.
- Working while on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
- Resume and interview advice and more.
Capacity is limited to 250. Job seekers can reserve a spot by registering on MEO’s webinar event page before Sept. 26.
As part of the registration process, job seekers can submit questions for the speakers to address during the presentation.
Can’t make the webinar? Check out The Penny Hoarder’s guide to preparing for a virtual career fair.
Event 2: Virtual Job Fair, Oct. 10
The virtual career fair is an opportunity to directly chat with and learn about nationwide employers who have a mixture of on-site and remote job openings.
The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10. All-day attendance isn’t necessary.
Employers scheduled to attend include:
The roster of employers is expected to grow as the date of the fair gets closer.
Current job openings at these companies include part- and full-time positions in accounting, administrative work, customer service, financial services, IT, marketing, sales and more.
The event is hosted by CareerEco, a virtual career events website, and a CareerEco profile is required to attend. Creating an account takes minutes but filling out a detailed profile, including a resume, cover letter and/or education information may take longer.
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