Tips for finding work when you have disability
Being a job seeker is not always easy, and if you happen to have disability, illness or injury too, it can be an even more daunting experience. The good news is that there are plenty of companies out there that understand the benefits of an inclusive workforce, and employers that will go the extra mile to get job seekers with disability on board.
How to find work when you have disability, illness or injury:
- Be aware of your rights: All employers are required by law to make any necessary changes to the workplace in order to accommodate your disability, so don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. But remember, unless your disability affects your ability to work safely, you are not required to disclose the details to your employer. It’s entirely up to you if you choose to discuss it.
- Know your audience: If there are particular companies you’d like to work for, or a company that you have an interview with soon, take some time to learn a bit more about them. Taking a look at the company’s website is a good first step and you’ll find lots of useful information that will help you decide if you’d be a good fit for the business’ culture and to see if they have an inclusive approach to hiring.
- Focus on the positives: Able-bodied people sometimes have trouble with the positives and can fall into the habit of focusing on how your disability gets in the way. To combat this, write your job applications in a way that highlights your strengths and focuses on what you CAN do. If you do decide to disclose your disability to your future employer, make sure you use real-life examples and your previous work history to illustrate how you’ve successfully approached any challenges you’ve faced.
- Have a support network: Having a strong support network is everything. There are plenty of organisations around that can assist you as you look for work, especially Disability Employment Services providers like us! We can support you in lots of ways, including: resume writing, confidence building, interview skills, even advocating on your behalf if you find yourself in a tricky spot. Set yourself up for success by getting personalised, one-on-one support from us today.
- Don’t give up: Looking for work can be a tough slog, and job rejections can knock your confidence, but you’re not alone. Everyone deals with rejection in the job hunt, unfortunately it’s all part of the journey, you just need to keep going until you find the right fit.
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