Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Job portal for Differently Abled in India

Job portal for disabled


Job portals have become the trend of the day with huge TV commercials promoting its business standing testimony to the fact.

Given the scenario, it is worth exploring the online job search for people with disability too.

Earlier, attempts had been made by none other than the Department of Welfare of Disabled and Senior Citizens in collaboration with Partners in Change (PiC), an NGO , to develop a website to allow persons with disabilities to hunt for jobs anywhere in India and provide for companies to post their jobs free of charge.

However, to our disappointment, the website now remain dysfunctional.

Even, Nasscom (National Association of Software and Services Companies) of India was working to build a job portal for aspirants with disability which aimed at catering to the requirements of the aspiring candidates by putting online database of applicants, their skills and potential recruiters. However, officials from Nasscom were unavailable for any comments on the functioning of the website.

On similar lines, Leonard Cheshire Disability, a NGO for the disabled in India, in an effort to help millions of disabled in the country, has designed a portal named dedicated to help facilitate recruitment for the differently abled recently.

The website targets leading companies in the country to offer jobs by going through the uploaded resumes of the candidates and by registering vacancies which persons with disability can apply to.
The website will also provide information related to the livelihood opportunities.

Aruna Rangachar, National Director at Cheshire Disability Trust says, “The mainstream companies including the IT sector had tapped the potential of talented candidate among this group.

So, we decided to create a platform to bring together the job seekers and the job providers so that enough opportunities are created.

We have approached companies like, IBM, Infosys, Wipro, Accenture and others, who already recruit differently - abled candidates under their inclusive programme.

Our portal will cater to people with visual, hearing, speech, loco motor and mild-intellectual disability.

The portal will also serve as a forum where people with disability can showcase their capabilities, discuss their issues and take advice.

”The portal is not just limited to one field of work but to many others.
It caters to various streams such as journalism, business strategy, management, consulting, engineering, fashion designing, advertising, finance, banking etc.

Around 100 resumes of People with Disability (PWD) and 8 leading employers from India are registered under  so far.

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