When looking for a job, you may feel like your disability is holding you back. However, that does not have to be the case, because it is still possible to find a great job that you love. Below, we are going to look at some tips that will help you find a job that ensures your skills are put to good use and not overlooked.
Looking and Applying
One of the biggest hurdles you might face is not knowing if you will be given an equal opportunity when you apply for a job. The government does mandate that employers do not discriminate based on disability but it still happens, although a lot more subtly than you might think.
To jump this hurdle and ensure you are given fair treatment, look for the “disability confident” symbol on application forms and adverts. When an employer places this symbol on their application forms or adverts, they are signalling that they are committed to employing people with disabilities. It also means that if you meet the requirements for the position you are applying for, you will be guaranteed an interview.
In some cases, you might need help finding out which businesses give opportunities to people with disabilities. Local Jobcentres do a good job of this and will point you to the right businesses. They can also help you gain the skills you need to apply for the jobs you are interested in, in addition to pointing you to disability-friendly businesses in your locality.
In some cases, the work coach assigned to you by your local Jobcentre can also schedule an employment assessment with a specialist work psychologist if and when it is appropriate. They will ask you about the skills and any work experience you have. Then, they will also ask you about the roles you are interested in so that they can steer you in the right direction.
There are different online resources that can help too. For example, Careers with Disabilities has a huge resource library that will help you find help in your area as well as advice on choosing the right career depending on the skills and experience you have. Careers with Disabilities also works with businesses to give them the information and tools they need to hire people with disabilities. You can view their site here: careerswithdisabilities.com.
If you are having a hard time finding a job, you could volunteer your time, expertise and skills. Although you will likely not receive any monetary compensation for volunteering, it might put you in a position to get in touch with people who can give you access to paid opportunities.
Always approach the volunteering position with the mindset of gaining more skills and experience in new areas. Gaining both of these might also help you fulfil some requirements for jobs you are not qualified for now but will be once you are done volunteering.
Finding employment might be hard for everyone, but it is particularly challenging for people with disabilities. That said, it is still possible to get a good job. It all starts with finding businesses that make provisions for people with disabilities or talking to a work coach so they can help you find a job.