Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency that helps individuals with disabilities get and keep careers. OOD serves individuals with physical, intellectual, and sensory disabilities as well as mental health disabilities. Further information about OOD and its services is available at ood.ohio.gov.
Call (740) 354-7951 to talk with OOD about getting started. Or, if an online self-referral process is desired, visit OODWorks.com.
Student registration will open August 24 and close October 14, 2020. It is required that all candidates complete their application and upload required documents by October 16, 2020.
To help WRP candidates who may have been affected by COVID-19, eligibility for candidates to participate in WRP has been expanded to an additional year of recent graduates with disabilities. This will allow candidates that participated in this year’s database to apply again. Any current, full-time (or part-time due to accommodations), degree-seeking postsecondary students with a disability will continue to be eligible. For recent graduates, they will now have two and a half years of eligibility to participate in WRP. So any recent graduate with a disability who graduated with a degree from a postsecondary program on or after April 1, 2018 can also apply. More information on eligibility requirements can be found on the WRP website.
WRP has switched to an informational interview process for candidates. The interview period this year will take place from October 26-November 18, 2020. All interviews will be conducted remotely, in most cases by phone.
What is WRP?
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a free recruitment and referral program that connects federal and select private sector employers with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace.
WRP is co-managed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor the U.S. Department of Defense.
Benefits of WRP for Students
- Helps students with disabilities think about the career and internship process earlier.
- Students gain experience with interviews and resumes.
- Interaction with SSU Career Services utilization of their resources.
- Gives students a better chance at federal opportunities and introduces them to the federal government.
How WRP Works
- Students and recent graduates apply online from late August-October.
- SSU Coordinator confirms and helps find and prepare candidates.
- Trained volunteer recruiters from federal agencies remotely interview candidates in October-November.
- Candidate information is entered into database; candidates can update resumes year-round.
- Database is opened to all agencies nationwide in December and is active for one year. Federal employers search the database for qualified WRP candidates.
Who is eligible?
To participate in WRP, applicants must:
- Be eligible for hiring under the Schedule A Hiring Authority
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a current, full-time, degree-seeking, post-secondary student
Students may also participate if they:
- Meet all of the other requirements for the program but are taking a reduced course load due to a disability.
- Met the preceding requirements while enrolled, but have graduated in the past year. Candidates who graduated on or after April 1, 2018 are eligible to participate this year.
Program Deadlines for 2020
- Student registration opens on August 24 and goes until October 14.
- Student applications are due by October 16.
- Recruiter assignments will be provided October 21.
- The interview period is October 26-November 18.
- 2021 database goes live for federal employers in mid-December.
New Interview Structure
- Interviews will now be informational rather than evaluative.
- WRP candidates can elect to have an informational interview.
- All candidates who submit an application by the deadline, and meet the eligibility will be published in the database in December.
Informational Interview Topics
- Career Goals and Advice
- Federal Service
- Resume and Application Review
- Students should come to the interview with questions for the recruiter related to federal service and their career goals
After the Interview
- Employers contact candidates throughout the year.
- Employers will contact candidates directly. Students may be asked to do an interview and if they are contacted with a job offer, they should get the contact information of the person contacting them to follow up.
- Neither your recruiter nor the WRP office will be tracking the student’s application. Employers will contact candidates directly without going through the main WRP Office.
- Please note: the WRP is not a guarantee of employment and we always encourage students to pursue other avenues in addition to WRP.