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Bill Establishing Resume Bank for Individuals with Disabilities Clears Assembly Aging and Human Services Committee

Quijano-Sponsored Legislation Would Create Voluntary Database of People with Disabilities Seeking State-Appointed Positions

Trenton (March 15, 2024) – Legislation that would establish a resume bank for persons with disabilities interested in state-appointed positions advanced out of the Assembly Aging and Human Services Committee on Thursday. Bill A2445, sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, would provide individuals with disabilities a significant resource in searching for available jobs, while simultaneously allowing the state to tap into a largely underrepresented segment of the population, adding diverse perspectives to the New Jersey state government.

Currently, the state of New Jersey utilizes an online portal, showcasing open positions within the executive and legislative branches and providing the public with the ability to apply. However, this online portal does not provide government officials the ability to collect resumes of qualified candidates with disabilities, particularly those of diverse backgrounds. A2445 aims to ensure that employees of the government are representative of the public they serve.

“Creating a dedicated resume bank allows barriers to be broken down and provides individuals with disabilities equal access to opportunities within the state government,” said Assemblywoman Quijano (D-Union). “The advancement of bill A2445 marks a crucial step towards inclusivity, ensuring all voices in New Jersey may be heard.”

The bill outlines specific criteria for the contents of the resume bank, ensuring it contains key information about the candidates with disabilities, including: a copy of the individuals resume, accompanied with their name, address, and telephone number. Additionally, the individuals would include any pertinent information related to their disability, as well as information that may be relevant to their appointment to the various positions within the state, such as interests and goals.