Regina Job Search Strategies Forum Report

NEADS Web-Based Employment Resources

Jennison Asuncion, NEADS

Jennison Asuncion described the NEADS online work system (NOWS), which was launched in 2003. The service is free, and job seekers who self-disclose their disability or impairment can post their resumés and cover letters to the site at NOWS also offers a job board, where job seekers can search and apply for employment opportunities. It includes over 1,800 registered students and graduates, and 113 registered employers representing 25 different industries in every province and territory.

The top sectors seeking employees with disabilities are government, administrative services/office help, social services, non-profit, customer service, and health care. Employers currently on NOWS include BMO Financial Group, Convergys, CTV, Export Development Canada, GE Canada, IBM Canada, Imperial Oil Limited, and SED Systems.

Asuncion also encouraged participants to apply for the Equity Through Education scholarship from BMO. The deadline to apply is December 17, 2009. More information is available at