Let's be honest, finding a job isn't as easy as it used to be. In fact, in today's market, it can be a lot more difficult for anyone, whether they're disabled or not.
Add a disability into the mix, and finding a job can seem like a nearly impossible feat.
If you're working on finding a job with a disability, you may find it discouraging at times, but it doesn't always have to be that way.
When you're feeling down and out, you might, like many, find it helpful to look for some tips for job seekers. If that's what you're looking for, you've come to the just the right place.
In this post, we'll provide some tips for the disabled job search, so you won't have any trouble finding a job.
1. Determine Your Strengths
In order to sell yourself as the right person for the job to a potential employer, you need to know what your strengths are. Think about yourself. What experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, characteristics, and strengths do you possess that an employer will find attractive?
If you're able to, tailor your relevant experience, qualifications, skills, knowledge, characteristics, and strengths to a specific job or position.
If you do, you'll increase your chances of getting it that much more, because you'll prove to the employer that you're a worthwhile candidate that may just be the perfect fit.
2. Showcase Your Skills Using Your Disability
To make your way in a world where much of which wasn't designed for you directly, you've likely developed some additional skills that the other, able-bodied candidates won't have.
For example, you may be great at finding unique ways to solve problems and have a great understanding of how to navigate high-stress situations because you encounter them often. Or, you may supplement your skills with technology, making it easier for you to complete tasks more quickly and with a higher level of accuracy.
Many employers value employees with skills like these, no matter what industry they're in.
3. Learn How to Use Your Strengths
"Think about how you could use those strengths if you had the right reasonable adjustments. What jobs could you do with your skill set and experience? There may be a number of different types of job you could apply for in different sectors."
With the necessary job accommodations, how will you then be able to use your strengths? Think about the accommodations you would need and what you would be able to accomplish with them.
Believe it or not, there may be many more jobs you could apply for than you even realize.
4. Be Confident in Your Abilities
In order to really wow the employer, you'll need to display confidence in the abilities and skills you have. If you don't think you can do the job, how are you going to convince the employer that you can, and why would they believe you?
If you're struggling to feel confident in your abilities, you're not alone. Everyone struggles with their confidence from time to time.
Need help finding your inner confidence at work? Look no further than our blog for eleven great tips sure to help you get your mojo back.
5. Look for Jobs...All Over
As you may know, employers in need of help advertise their open positions in all kinds of different places. You can work with an employment agency, look at job postings online, in your local newspaper, and more.
The more places you look, the more opportunities you'll be able to apply for.
6. Be Proactive
One thing you can always do is cold-call or email employers and ask them directly if they have any positions open.
If not, you can still send them your resume, in the event that something opens up at a later time. But don't forget to follow up!
7. Look to Social Media
Another great place to look for jobs in your disabled job search is on social media. People post all kinds of things there, so why not jobs too?
Start by looking at LinkedIn and Facebook. And if you need some help with LinkedIn (as it can be tricky to navigate), try these LinkedIn profile tips for a start.
8. Highlight Your Strengths
When applying for any job, it's important to highlight and emphasize your strengths and how they will help you be successful in the position. The employer's going to be looking for the best possible candidate for the position, and your job is to convince them that you're it.
And, if you know your disability isn't going to hinder your performance at work, it may not even be necessary to mention it. Now if you're applying to a position specific to disabled candidates, you'll want them to know, so don't forget to list it on your application.
9. Alleviate the Employer's Fears
Of course, if the employer hasn't previously hired any disabled staff for the position, they may have some fears and doubts about putting a disabled person in that position.
They may be as simple as wanting to be sure that you'll be able to navigate your way around the premises without any issues. Your job, in addition to convincing the employer that you're the right person for the job, is to help alleviate those fears.
If you know you won't require any job accommodations, let them know that you'll be fine to handle things as-is and won't need any special accommodations. If you will, however, be sure to let them know, but also demonstrate that once everything is in place, you'll be more than ready to tackle your responsibilities.
Follow These Tips for Finding a Job with a Disability
Finding a job with a disability isn't easy. But, with these helpful tips in hand, it will be a lot less difficult. Just read through them and follow each one as much as possible, and you'll be that much closer to scoring yourself a new job.
For more great career tips, like how to prep for a job interview, check out the rest of our blog.