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Blind job-seekers have traditionally been at a disadvantage, as few job vacancies have been widely posted in accessible format. How were you supposed to find out about the position? Too often, you never did. But the National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind people in the United States, has acted, developing technology to access and search computer database files with a standard touch-tone telephone. Now anyone can access a million or more current job listings, free of charge, by telephone. To access America’s Jobline, simply dial: 1-800-414-5748.

For the user (someone looking for employment), America’s Jobline is instantly available, 24 hours a day, providing all job announcements in a high quality synthesized speech format. The system provides callers the ability to search America’s Job Bank (sponsored/administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and state workforce-development agencies), allows job seekers to create and store in the system personal job-search profiles (electronic resumes) for use in quickly locating vacancies for which they are qualified; and allows users the option to retrieve, if they wish, only the new and relevant job listings posted since the last call, or all previously saved announcements.

With America’s Jobline, the user enters a search profile into the system, using a standard touch-tone telephone keypad, in response to spoken menu choices. To try Jobline yourself, call: 1-800-414-5748. NOTE: Not all states currently subscribe to Jobline; the list changes frequently -- contact the NFB (410-659-9314, in Baltimore) if the above 800# does not work in your area.

America’s Jobline was created to help:

* Persons who do not have or cannot use standard computers, who now have a convenient and easy-to-use alternative means to obtain job information; and

* Persons who cannot see or cannot read standard video display terminals, who now have prompt audio access, without expensive adaptive equipment of their own.

What are these jobs? Where do they come from? America’s Job Bank, the database Jobline searches, is the set of jobs listed with the U.S. Job Service, the world’s largest job database. At any given time, there may be a million or more open positions in there, catalogued by region and job type. If you are an employer, and you post a job vacancy with U.S. Job Service in your state, blind users of America’s Jobline can now access that job as soon as it is entered. To learn more about America’s Job Bank, go to or contact your local Job Service or state workforce-development office. To learn more about America's Jobline, contact: National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone: (410) 659-9314; Web site:


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