Training Videos for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing


The following 22 videos are a collection of some of the best job search advise for anyone looking for work. In addition to the high quality content, these videos are presented in American Sign Language (ASL) with closed captioning and voice over in order to reach the broadest possible audience. The addition of these accommodations makes this the FIRST video series for job seekers that is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This project was funded by the Livingston County Michigan Works and Career Alliance Michigan Works of Genesee County.

  • How Michigan Works! Works
  • Do what you love
  • Careeres in Transition
  • Over 50 Job Seekers
  • Job Search Strategies for a Tough Economy
  • Finding a Job with a Criminal History
  • Internet Job Search
  • Importance of Networking
  • Social Media & your Job Search
  • LinkedIn
  • Common Accommodations
  • Tips for Using VRS
  • Job Applications
  • Cover Letters
  • Effective Resumes
  • Dress for Success
  • Interview Skills
  • Using an Interpreter for an Interview
  • References
  • Email Etiquette
  • GED


This incredible collection was made possible through a unique and ground breaking partnership between Livingston County Michigan Works, Career Alliance of Genesee County, Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, and Deaf Employment & Business Solutions, LLC (DEBS).

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DESCRIPTION:  This video introduces you to the services offered at most Michigan Works Service Centers. Most people visiting a Michigan Works office are looking to pursue some kind of training. This is the focus of this video so you can learn what it takes to access training at your local Michigan Works!

RUN TIME: 17:33 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  This video describes the new telecommunication technology - Video Relay Service (VRS). The narrator goes into depth explaining how to use VRS effectively improving your odds of finding and keeping a job.

RUN TIME: 09:41 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  This video will help you discover what you love to do, figure out where you want to work, and how to match your skills to the employers needs, so you can get a job DOING WHAT YOU LOVE!

RUN TIME: 09:21 | ASL, Audio & CC 

DESCRIPTION:  In this video, learn common mistakes people make on job applications and how to avoid them and discover how employers review and use application when hiring people.

RUN TIME: 10:58 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  A career change or transitions is when someone must make a change in what they are doing or in what they were doing before they were laid off.

RUN TIME:18:09 | ASL, Audio & CC 

DESCRIPTION:  In this video you will learn what a cover letter is and why you need one, the different part of cover letters, and what you’ll want to put in your cover letter.

RUN TIME: 13:22 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  This video will help older jobseekers to understand the challenges they face in today’s job market. While most of the challenges are the same for every job seeker we will look at issues and strategies that are specific to this older group.

RUN TIME: 22:56 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  In this video you will learn about effective resumes. A resume is an advertisement or sales brochure designed to sell you to the employer.

RUN TIME: 14:12 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  In a tough economy unemployment rates tend to be high, jobs can be scarce which leads to a very competitive job market. In this video you will learn how to stand out from all the other job seekers and how to develop a winning job search strategy.

RUN TIME: 21:14 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  In the case of an interview it means you are wearing appropriate clothes, are properly groomed, and your overall appearance is such that it will give you the best possible chance to make a good impression on the interviewer which hopefully will lead to a job offer.

RUN TIME: 09:17 | ASL, Audio & CC 

DESCRIPTION:  In this video you will learn how to show employers that what ever you did in the past was a mistake and you have changed. To be successful you must turn that negative part of your life into a positive.

RUN TIME: 21:13 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  This video will focus on the skills you need to have a successful interview. In addition we will discuss why people do not get hired so you can avoid these common mistakes

RUN TIME: 17:27 | ASL, Audio & CC 

DESCRIPTION:  This video will discuss the pros and cons of an Internet Job Search and show you how to develop an effective online job search strategy.  

RUN TIME: 16:21 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  Have you ever wondered when and how to inform an Employer that an ASL interpreter is needed for an interview? This video explains when, how, and why you should arrange your accommodation needs before the interview.

RUN TIME: 10:49 | ASL, Audio & CC 

DESCRIPTION:  More than 70% of job seekers land jobs through networking. Networking is the most successful way of finding a job. If you are not networking with other people than you are missing out on many job opportunities!

RUN TIME: 08:35 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  This video focuses on what you should do after the interview to show the employer that you appreciate the opportunity to be interviewed and that you are really interested in the position.

RUN TIME: 09:04 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  This video compares Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and helps you learn how you can utilize each of these social media tools to your advantage in finding the job of your dreams.

RUN TIME: 11:13 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  This video describes what references are and how employers use them in hiring people. Numerous tips are shared in this video to assist you in developing a reference sheet of your own.

RUN TIME: 08:18 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION: LinkedIn is a wonderful tool for networking that can help increase your chances of connecting with the right people who may help you find your dream job.

RUN TIME: 11:16 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  Learn the rules of sending professional business e-mails. It’s important to follow these rules to ensure that your e-mail messages make the right impression whether you are a job seeker or currently employed. 

RUN TIME: 09:40 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  The GED is a test for adults and young people who have been out of school for a year or more and don’t have a high school diploma. This video will discuss what you need to know about taking the test including, where you can take it, when you can take it, and how you can prepare to pass the test.

RUN TIME: 16:38 | ASL, Audio & CC

DESCRIPTION:  In this video you will learn about common workplace accommodations for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and how to become an advocate for yourself in requesting the accommodation you need to do your job.

RUN TIME:11:41 | ASL, Audio & CC