OKLAHOMA CITY – Business leaders aren't missing an opportunity to recruit an untapped pool of talented, loyal job candidates. They're joining OGE, FAA and Ditchwitch to reserve exhibit space now at the first Career Opportunity Expo 2020: Ready, Set Hired! on February 11 in Oklahoma City.
Expo 2020 will be hosted by Greater Oklahoma City Chamber member Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, to enable business leaders to showcase their companies and meet qualified jobseekers attracted to the event by free skills development and marketing training seminars.
As the employment agency for Oklahomans with disabilities, DRS prepares and temporarily assists thousands of job seekers who become successfully employed, taxpaying citizens that are an asset to Oklahoma businesses.
The Career Planning Expo is open to the public. Participating business can expect to meet hundreds of potential applicants with and without disabilities.
Sean Kouplen, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development, will make the keynote presentation and present EXPO awards as part of his commitment to business growth and expansion.
Career Opportunity Expo 2020
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Shepherd Center, 2401 NW 23rd Street, OLC
Registration deadline: 01/06/2020
Independent research indicates that workers with disabilities are more loyal, dependable workers who are likely to stay on the job longer than workers without disabilities. These workers often use less time for sick and vacation time and have impressive safety records. As a result, smart business save time and money on recruitment and retraining costs with less downtime for vacant positions.
Fatos Floyd, who is blind, leads the DRS Business Services Program team staging the 2020 Expo. A goal-driven leader, she has been steadily employed for 38 years without once relying on government assistance.
“It takes people with disabilities a longer time to find a job,” Floyd said. “When we do find a job, we are thankful to employers for hiring us. So we stay on our jobs and really work hard to show that we are equal (to other workers) and that employers have made the right decision by giving us a chance to prove our worth.”
For information about the Career Opportunities Expo 2020, contact Fatos Floyd at 918-230-7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will also answer any questions about making workplaces more accessible or making adaptions for workers with disabilities.
* Sources: Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy; U.S. Business Leadership Network; Job Accommodation Network; Virginia Commonwealth University, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention.