5 Tips For Job Seekers With Disabilities

People with mental or physical disabilities face challenges in their education and work attainment that are different and often more difficult than the challenges of other job seekers.

Here are five tips and a few resources to support people with disabilities in their job search and career advancement.

  1. Work-Based Learning
    Like most job seekers, people with disabilities can start working in an unpaid internship or as a volunteer at age 14 or older. This and other types of worked-based learning are solid predictors of future economic success.

2. Match Skills & Goals
People with disabilities, like all job seekers, need to think about if they have the skills and abilities to do the job. They also need to think about how their job matches their interests and career goals.

3. Learning Disabilities
Learning differences can effect how job seekers manage time, read, write and their critical thinking abilities. Finding and succeeding in the right job can be a challenge.

4. Disclosure
Job seekers get to decide when and if they will disclose disabilities to an employer. Deciding why and how to disclose depends on the disability and addressing employer concerns during the hiring process.

5. Work Accommodations
Every employee with disabilities has the right to reasonable accommodations at work. Types of accommodations vary vary widely depending on the individual, the work setting and the job duties.