Job Fair and Reverse Job Fair

The Job Fair and Reverse Job Fair will serve as an opportunity for job seekers to meet and greet with employers. Come get to know some of the local companies who have (or will have) neurodiversity hiring programs, learn more about their programs and the jobs they are filling and make connections!

At the event, jobseekers and employers will be introduced to each other in pre-arranged small groups and get to know each other a little bit better.

Neurodiverse and autistic adults who are successfully employed frequently find employment through connections who recognize their unique skills. This meet and greet with employers is designed to facilitate neurodiverse job seekers in getting to know new people. For example, you meet hiring managers and learn about job openings or job trends that may impact future openings in a particular company, and hiring managers will want to get to know who you are and what you bring to a work environment.

To improve accessibility for those who have challenges working in settings with lots of people and noise, we will set up stations for small groups in the job fair and reverse job fair. Each station will be equipped with a laptop and head phones. Detailed instructions will be published on this website on February 20, 2020.

To enhance the quality of interactions in the job fair and reverse job fair, we strongly recommend job seekers and employers to adhere to the timelines as follows:

For Neurodiverse Job Seekers:

  • 2/12/20: Follow guidance in the tip sheet for resume available in summit website
  • 2/15/20: Check names of participating companies in summit website 
  • 2/19/20: Check specific jobs of participating companies in summit website (will continue to update) 
  • 2/19/20: Start submitting preferences of companies and jobs 
  • 2/20/20: Attend office hours for resume writing, if needed (sign up for a slot here)
  • 2/27/20: Follow guidance in the tip sheet for job fair and reverse job fair in summit website
  • 2/27/20: Attend office hours for resume writing, if needed
  • 2/28/20: Last day to submit preferences of companies and jobs
  • 3/4/20: Check email for matching results   
  • 3/9/20: Attend office hours for job fair / reverse job fair, if needed (sign up for a slot here)
  • 3/10/20: Submit PowerPoint presentations to neurodiversityatwork@stanford.edu   
  • 3/14/20: Attend Stanford Neurodiversity Summit

 

For Employers:

  • 2/12/20: Follow guidance in tip sheet for job posting available in summit website, if needed
  • 2/22/20: Follow guidance in the “Guidelines for Employers during Job Fair and Reverse Job Fair” (sent to employers by email)
  • 2/28/20: Last day to submit job descriptions
  • 3/4/20: Check email for matching results 
  • 3/7/20: Submit PowerPoint presentations to neurodiversityatwork@stanford.edu   
  • 3/14/20: Attend Stanford Neurodiversity Summit

 

Questions? See our FAQ page.

Job Fair Overview

In the job fair, employers will tell applicants about their workplace and any available jobs. Information about the workplace might include how the company and teams make sure they create a neurodiversity-friendly environment, for example.

The total time for the job fair is one hour. Within that hour, each job seeker will visit four different employer stations and listen to a presentation. Employers will give their presentations to a small group of jobseekers (about six). We suggest that your present for about 6 minutes and allow 6 minutes for questions from jobseekers. There will be three minutes to transition to the next employer station. Jobseekers will be given the information about which employers to visit ahead of time, and the groups will not stay together throughout.

The time breakdown is pictured below, and there is also a PDF of the job fair time breakdown available.

Time breakdown:

Reverse Job Fair Overview

In the reverse job fair, jobseekers will tell employers about their background, skills, and why they would be a good fit for the position. Jobseekers will be assigned one of six time slots in which to give their presentation. Either one or two employer representatives will attend each jobseeker’s presentation. While waiting to present or after their time slot is over, jobseekers are welcome to relax or attend the breakout sessions. We just ask that jobseekers be ready to enter Berg Hall three minutes before their time slot begins. 

The time breakdown is pictured below, and there is also a PDF of the reverse job fair time breakdown available.

Time breakdown:

Who is Participating?

Employers (Updated Feb 20, 2020)

We will continue to update this list as we receive job titles and descriptions from the participating companies.

Jobseekers will receive access to job descriptions after they have completed the Neurodiverse Jobseeker Survey for 2020 Neurodiversity Summit form.

  • auticon (10 jobs)
  • Blue Star Recyclers (4-6 jobs) 
  • Chevron (TBD)
  • Dell (TBD)
  • Enovix (5 jobs)
  • Ernst & Young (6 jobs)
  • Google (TBD)
  • JPMorgan Chase (TBD)
  • Kaiser Permanente (observer)
  • Marzia Petroleum (2 jobs)
  • Microsoft (15 jobs)
  • SAP (applicants may apply for any open position)
  • SAS (applicants may apply for any open position)
  • Stanford University IT (3 jobs)
  • Ultranauts (10 jobs)
  • Visa (observer)
  • VMware (4 jobs)

Jobseekers

There is no one single "type" of jobseeker participating in the job fair and reverse job fair. Instead, they have diverse educational backgrounds, work experience, interests, strengths, and skills. 

Education

  • 55% of jobseekers have a bachelor's degree
  • 30% have received a graduate degree.

 

Employment Experience

  • 95% of jobseekers have work experience
  • 67% have full-time work experience
  • 15% of jobseekers have 5-10 years of experience
  • 30% have 10+ years of experience

 

Job Functions

The jobseekers come from a variety of backgrounds, having worked in roles including: 
  • Clerical/administrative
  • Sales
  • Computer programming
  • Research
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Management

 

Strengths

Similarly, the jobseekers bring a diverse set of strengths, including both soft-skills and technical skills. Some of these strengths include:
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership and team development
  • Art and design
  • Data analysis and mathematics