Many disabled people struggle to find work and disabled job seekers often feel like they are at a disadvantage. This is not the case! In this blog post, we will discuss three steps that disabled individuals can take to find employment.
Understand your Strengths and Abilities
This is the first step to finding work. Understanding your strengths and abilities is important because it will help you determine what type of job would be a good fit for you. For example, if you thrive in fast-paced retail or customer service environments, you should look for jobs that require those skills (i.e., cashier).
Research The Company’s Hiring Policies On Disabled Applicants
Another important aspect to consider is whether or not a company is disabled-friendly. In other words, does the company have disabled employees? If it doesn’t, then that may be an indicator of how willing they are to hire disabled applicants. To find out more about this, you can contact your state’s Department of Labor and speak with past disabled employees who work for the organization. If you are able to get in contact with a representative from the company, you can ask them yourself, but past disabled employees can give you a more honest and accurate answer.
Make Sure the Job is Right for You
It’s important to make sure that your disability will not prevent you from succeeding in this particular job or career path. Try asking friends and family members if they know someone who has personal experience with applicants within the disabled community. If you are able to get in contact with a company representative, ask them if they have had any disabled employees who were successful in this position before. This will often show the employer that you are serious about yourself and your work ethic!
If you are disabled and looking for work, it is important that you take advantage of the resources available to disabled job seekers.