Seasonal work to seasoned worker: A big amount to gain from this small employment opportunity

With summer approaching, it’s time to think about plans for this exciting season. Whether you are in transition between careers or planning for summer school or camp, an alternative to the traditional would be to find and apply for seasonal work. Not only can seasonal work help pad your wallet, but it could actually be a simple way to jump-start your long-term career. Consider the following:

The beauty of seasonal work is its low commitment level. Its limited duration offers glimpses into a specific industry or line of work, which may intrigue you or leave you thankful for the quickly dwindling weeks. Seasonal work can help you develop a clearer picture of what type of work you enjoy and what type of work environment is optimal for you—very important criteria for both the student solidifying a clear career goal or for the professional planning a career change.

If you choose to find employment as a seasonal worker, don’t hold back—embrace the opportunity! Seasonal work is a great arena to show your enthusiasm and willingness to learn. If approached with the right attitude and work ethic, seasonal work could do one of two things for your future—both good of course. Take a moment to imagine things from a boss’s perspective. Say a full time position opens up and qualified candidates are needed. As the person doing the hiring, you have options. A capable and enthusiastic worker that you know and have observed wins out over someone who simply looks good on paper. The hiring decision is easy, because it saves time and a working relationship is already built. According to a careerbuilder survey, 77% of employers plan on considering their summer staff for permanent positions. But oh – your #1 candidate has a disability? Not an issue at all! This candidate performs duties successfully and with a fantastic attitude in spite of their challenges. Get the picture?

Ok, now out of the boss’s brain space and back into your own. Keep in mind that your supervisor has connections in his or her industry too. Your boss is your “foot in the door”, eager to help you get to wherever you see yourself in the industry. Did you know that up to 80% of full time jobs are obtained through networking? (More on that in this great NPR story). Definitely a noteworthy statistic when thinking about full-time work.

As we’ve seen, a lot of good can come from trying out summer seasonal work. Now, here are some links to get you started in your search:

  • Seasonal positions on
  • Browse craigslist to see what you can find. It’s a popular site to post to, and a real variety of work is available to you here.
  • Portland Parks & Recreation posts often to fill its seasonal employment needs. If you love being outside and organizing activities, then this wide array of opportunities is perfect for you.
  • Seasonal and temporary postings with the Forestry Service are ideal for the job seeker with more of a natural setting in mind. Note that USFS postings are on the government’s main job page. Include with your query, “USDA-Forest Service” and your location to find current listings.
  • Or, get out there and NETWORK!!!

A Successful 2012 Career Expo!

Yesterday Incight, along with Rise, and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services, hosted our annual Tapping Fresh Talent career expo.

Key Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo highlights:

  • Over 464 job seekers with disabilities attended.
  • 27 employers filled booths
  • These numbers represent double the employers and 150% growth in job seekers over last year’s event.

To read the full Fox 12 news story, access the link below:

Career Exploration Day and First Annual Walk-A-Thon!

Friday, August 20, 2010
Oaks Park Amusement Park, South Grove
7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland OR 97202

Join us for a day of Career Exploration and Family Fun for
people with disabilities!

Employers will be available to discuss what they do and
what skills you need to work for them!

Learn more about these businesses and what it takes to be
one of their employees:
Painter, Carpenter, Chef, Computer Technician,
Florist, Entrepreneur, Electrician, Plumber, Teacher,
Baker, Event Planner, Dry Cleaner, Clothing Designer, Banker,
Mentor, plus many more career opportunities!!
Oregon PTI & Incight are equal opportunity organizations in all services and employment.

9:00—1:00 PM
Career Exploration
12:00—1:00 PM
Lunch provided
RSVP to Danielle Bethell

This Way
That Way
Or how about Your Way?
Stand out from the Crowd!
This event is for people of all ages in all stages of career exploration. Families are welcome.

Are you an employer interested in

Keith Ozols at: 1.971.244.0305
or by email at:

Would you like to sponsor this event?
Or do you have additional questions?

Danielle Bethell at: 1.888.505.2673, Ext.105
or by email at:

Life After High Shool: Moving on to College and Employment


2009 Life After High School

Download the Flyer

When: Thursday March 18th, 2009
Time: 9:30 – 1:30
Where: NW Natural Building
220 N. W. Second Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

Only $3 per personScholarships Available
Register by March 11Space is limited

To register please contact Incight (attn Rob Pollock) by phone or email:

ph. 971-244-0305

Agenda Highlights

  • Hear from college students with disabilities about their successes and challenges!
  • Ask questions and get answers from a panel of employes who are hiring!
  • Learn how to advocate for yourself in the workplace and at school!
  • Get help planning for college or employment!
  • Lunch will be provided!

Intended Audience

  • Students and young adults with disabilities (on an IEP or 504 plan)
  • Teachers
  • YTP Coordinators
  • Case Managers
  • School Administrators
  • School Couinselors
  • Parents

Download the Flyer

2009 Tapping Fresh Talent & Career Fair

Incight and the
Oregon Business Leaders Network’s

Tapping Fresh Talent & Career Fair

For Students and Job Seekers with Disabilities

Event: Tapping Fresh Talent & Career Fair
Target Audience: High School and College Students with Disabilities
Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Career Fair Time: 10:00 – 3:00
Student Central Time: 11:00 – 12:30 (registration required)
Location: Lloyd Doubletree Hotel 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, OR 97232

Student Central Event Details
The Importance of Work Experience:
A student intern will talk about her experience in the summer of 2009 as an intern and her supervisor will
talk about what students need to know to become an intern, volunteer, or employee.

Kedma Ough from the Oregon Disability Chamber will lead a discussion about how young adults can start
their own business and how Incight and the Chamber can help develop business plans and provide
micro-investments to get your business started.

The Right and Wrong Interview:
A humorous and educational presentation discussing the right and wrong ways to approach employers
during the career fair.

This is a free event and space is limited so register
ASAP!!! Registration closes October 23rd.

To RSVP please contact Rob Pollock
phone 971-244-0305

Download the Flyer

For more information on Incight, visit

Incight-Ful Advice: Using Un-Paid work Experience on Your Resume

When you are looking for a job, your resume gets your foot in the door. It represents you to a potential employer and you want it to stand out from the resumes of the other applicants. One way to capture the interest of an employer is to show that you are an involved citizen — someone who works to make the community a better place to live. In other words, make sure your volunteer work appears on your resume.

It is a common misconception that there is only one “right” way to design a resume. Actually, the most important thing is to present the information in such a way as to document and support your career goal. If you tell a prospective employer that you want a particular job, your resume must prove that you are the right candidate to fill it. Sometimes your paid work history may not be as important as what you have done as a volunteer in demonstrating that you have the necessary job skills.

One approach used by many people is to add a section to their resumes called “Community Service” or “Volunteer Work.” They list the highlights of their volunteering here, to show that they have interests outside of their employment history already described. This is certainly better than ignoring volunteer experience on a resume, but it is not the best way to highlight what you have learned as a volunteer.

Focus on Experience and Achievements

Consider integrating your volunteer work into the section of your resume called “Work Experience.” Even if you were not paid a salary and did not consider the volunteering to be “employment,” it certainly was productive work and should count as “experience.” The key is to translate what you gained from the volunteer activity into the language of the paid work world.

Don’t use “volunteer” as a job title. It’s an adjective and alone does not convey the work that you accomplished. So, if you did tutoring, use the title “Tutor.” If you coordinated a project, identify your work accurately as “Project Coordinator.” The fact that you filled this position in an unpaid capacity is part of your description of the work. First grab your prospective employer’s interest with an accurate position title.

Next describe the volunteer work in terms of your achievements, highlighting the skills that you learned and demonstrated. What would be important to the work world about what you did? For example, did you raise $100,000? Did you manage a budget or accomplish goals on schedule? Did you supervise a staff of people? Even if they, too, were volunteers, your success required the ability to be a motivating leader. All these sorts of things impress an employer.

Take the time to analyze what you learned as a volunteer. Did you have the chance to practice public speaking? Write reports, news releases, newsletters? Plan projects, coordinate sub-committees, train others to do the work? Such skills are applicable to just about any setting.

Describe your activities and achievements fully. You do not need to say these were done as a volunteer, though you are of course welcome to do so. If you feel uneasy about representing volunteer work as equivalent to a full-time paid job, you can identify the volunteering as being part-time. Be honest. Don’t overstate what you did. But also be sure to give yourself the credit you deserve.

If you are a student seeking your first real job, being able to show volunteer work on a resume demonstrates that you had interests beyond the classroom. If you are returning to the paid work force after some time away, your volunteer activities prove that you kept yourself sharp and involved. If you want to change career fields, it may be your volunteer work in the new field that tells a prospective employer you’re worth the risk, even if all your paid employment history is in some other field.

Be unapologetic about giving space on your resume to volunteering. Since the whole goal of a resume is to get you an interview, think how more interesting your face-to-face conversation will be when you add all those community activities to show who you really are.

by Susan J. Ellis