Speed Meeting - think of it as speed dating but without the awkwardness. reachAbility's goal is to create an opportunity for job seekers to meet hiring employers in an inclusive and comfortable space. Through this meeting, job seekers from the general public are provided the opportunity to have interview practice with actual hiring employers in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.
How does Speed Meeting work?
Job seekers interview with five hiring employers from various fields throughout Halifax and surrounding areas.
The employers fill out a feedback sheet giving positive feedback and words of advice to the Job Seeker.
Our Job Developer meets with each Job Seeker one on one, to review the feedback offered by employers - after the event.
Why does it work?
The exciting thing about Speed Meeting is that even though the objective is not for the Job Seekers to get jobs, we've had almost a 50% employment rate! That's right, almost 50% of the job seekers who have participated in these interview practice events have ended up getting employed through participating employers. Why? Because when you combine hiring employers with eligible and qualified candidates in a supportive and inclusive environment, a "right person, right job" is bound to happen - it's osmosis in its simplest form.
To date - nearly 100% of Job Seekers who have participated in Speed Meeting have indicated that they would like to visit our reachAbility office for a tour; reported feeling more confident in their interviewing abilities and felt supported by reachAbility staff throughout the event.
What’s in it for the Employer?
Employers who participate have found dozens of candidates they plan to interview for their available opportunities and are booking to take part in future Speed Meeting events! Now that’s a Win, Win, Win!! Hiring employers get to meet, interview and pre-screen job seekers without the obligation of hiring. They are greeted by our employment team and through an interactive discussion, are given a plethora of resources about the ease of accommodation in the workplace, the business case for inclusion and diversity, and tips and resources about the accessibility legislation and financial support available.
reachAbility Association’s Job Developers provides continued support to both the employee and the employer throughout the entire process and well into successful employment.
To join us for our next event, or to learn more Speed Meeting, please contact our Job Developer - Jessica Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 902-830-5530.