Among the people who have disengaged themselves from the job search, I have decided to talk about the differently-abled who wait very late in life to find jobs. Dylan Rafaty (@), founder of DylanListed, LLC (DylanListed.com) and I engaged in a lengthy conversation with so much value, I consider this a special episode and one of the most important.
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Let me tell you more about Dylan Rafaty. Dylan was inspired by Angies List to create an on and offline site of resources to help job seekers become more employable and find jobs. He also trains companies from how to find differently-abled job seekers, how to provide training for them, and creating a culture for them to thrive. He is very active in the community and is an enthusiastic advocate in educating and promoting job seekers who are challenged with disabilities.
Here are some highlights from our conversation:
- Dylan has three disabilities yet, he was active and engaged in school activities
- Strengths were quelled in the classroom as they didn’t translate there
- Dylan believes those with disabilities should learn to be heard
- Community college was as equally tough for him as high school
- Dylan founded DylanListed months after his self-published book, Children Should be Seen and Heard
- Dylan says he wished he could go back to give teachers the tools to help his learning
- Among his challenges with his physical disabilities and learning challenges, he had emotional challenges
- Through time tools have emerged to help employers to train differently abled
- Differently abled often lack a pathway after high school
- Some of the business ideas for his company comes from Angies List
- His goal was to promote access to employees and job seekers
- Dylan’s extensive research even led him to pitch his idea to “Shark Tank”
- Although newer start-up businesses are afraid to hire differently-abled job seekers partly due to the lack of any statistics
- Companies want to know what will be their return on investment (ROI), again not enough studies to show
- Employers are as equally afraid of costs of making training provisions will result in high attrition—then company culture must be addressed (being accepted and welcomed)
- Are they really embracing inclusion, not just diversity?
- Bank of America support services in downtown Dallas focuses hiring and training differently abled. They have a very specific and detailed training manual and program, resulting in a challenging but positive work culture
- Managers are trained and engaged, answer questions and encourage career growth
- Dylan shares about another employer who hires the differently-abled for her company, and how she documented a detailed process of how he or she must do her job
- The results of providing a detail training manual for employees is how easily he or she adapts to the company culture. The same company is supportive of their employees to move to better opportunities even if it’s outside the company
- Employers are often surprised of the social benefits of working with differently-abled employees. Many managers and leaders find the interaction and collaboration rewarding
- We talk about the support that Dylan has in running his company. His mother is Chief Operating Officer, and his father who owns one of the largest ice cream vendor companies in the country (400 employees), and his brother who is completing his Ph.D. at Cambridge University in London.
- Dylan share the importance of family support of job seekers
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