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A Guide to Searching Jobs for Disabled People

by Altaf Shaikh
A Guide to Searching Jobs for Disabled People

People with disabilities usually have it hard when they’re applying for jobs and companies. The usual reason for that is these companies think you might not be an efficient addition to a team. Even if your disability does not affect the job you’re applying to, employers sometimes still doubt your working capability. 

 This is your time to show that you are still efficient at working even if you have a disability. While some prefer to ask help from disability employment services, you can also slowly start preparing for your next job hunt. There are several tips you can follow when searching for work to ensure employers will hire you. 

Utilize Job-Seeking Techniques

You always have the internet to help you out in looking for jobs. You can also find many of them by searching on classified ads, job-placement assistance, campus job-placement services through vocational rehabilitation agencies, support groups, etc. You should also take advantage of your personal contacts. You may have a friend or relative who has a job opening where you can fit in greatly. Make sure to stress your qualifications when applying for the position.

Research About the Company 

It’s always best to find out about the company you’re applying to and see if they suit your needs. You can visit disability groups on social media platforms or forums to check whether the company has a good reputation for training, hiring, and promoting disabled workers. Also, check where the company’s strengths and weaknesses lie to gauge if they’ll be great for you or not. You have more chances of passing the interview when you have an idea of what the company does.

Using Technology to Assist You Effectively 

Today, disabled people can go about their day through the use of assistive technology specifically built for their disabilities. A good example of assistive technology is Speech Recognition software such as Autocorrect and Sticky keys. These can help someone who has dexterity problems. Even something as small as adjusting the resolution of the monitor can assist people with low vision. 

Decide When to Reveal Your Disability

You shouldn’t have to disclose your disability to employers unless it has a chance of becoming detrimental to the job. However, you can always tell employers your disability, and they may see you as a confident, strong person since you brought it up. A good tip to disclosing your disability without saying it bluntly is to add the limitations in your resume at the beginning or after you’ve been offered the job. 

Practice Role-Playing

Constant practice will always help anyone get through their hurdles in life. If you have a different way of doing tasks, you might not feel comfortable explaining how you will carry them out. The best way is to role-play with friends or relatives. Practice explaining how you can perform the job your way, and don’t forget to tell the company how they can benefit you once hired. Once you feel comfortable enough, you’re a few steps away from getting a job. 

Prepare and Address Possible Concerns Personally

It’s expected that employers will have some concerns about hiring people with disabilities. If you want to ace the interview, you should ease these concerns. You can cite examples from past job experiences and state how you completed these challenging tasks. 

If you have any questions that you find hard to search on the internet, you can always contact disability employment services. They will mostly have all the answers to your questions and will gladly assist you in finding the perfect job.

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