I came across this blog entry about how to find a job if you have a disability onhttp://www.abilityculture.comand it caught my eye. I think it has some valid points, but I also think it has some controversialsuggestions. What are your thoughts? Do you agree with these? What other suggestions would you have?
Fact: there are 26.5 million workers (and wannabe applicants,) aged 16 above, who suffer from a disability. Given the tough job market today, the struggle for these individuals is deemed to be 100% harder.
Although job searching is no walk in the park for disabled persons (no pun intended,) they can earn employment just like any other applicant. Here are some tips that can help you, a disabled family member or a friend get that job.
Prime the Employer
Although theAmericans with Disabilities Actprotects said persons from discrimination, some individuals often end up stunning the employers with their handicaps. To prevent the surprise that can shift the mood of the assessor, experts advise disabled individuals to inform the employer about their handicaps prior to the interview. This will help eliminate the shock factor on the part of the employer, which can change the tone of the interview.
While this can help one get a job, experts warn applicants not to divulge too much about his handicap. As such, avoid talking excessively about your handicap or its health complications or why it has led to your absenteeism or resignation from your previous job. More often than not, these can be detrimental to the possible hiring of the disabled employee.
Come to the Interview Prepared
The importance of being prepared cannot be overstated, especially in disabled applicants. For example, if you need a sign language interpreter, it is best if you inform the HR personnel ahead of time.
For invisible or perceived disabilities such as diabetes, inform the interviewer about the peculiar things that might happen. For example, tell him your need to urinate often polyuria which is a symptom of diabetes.
Disabled or not, the key to gaining employment is to act, sound and look confident during the interview. Just because you are handicapped, it does not mean that you are less qualified than the other applicants. In fact, this shortcoming should push you to perform better. For example, when interviewing for ajob at a shopping malldont be concerned about any limitations. Show them that you know that you can sell to customers and that you know your way around the mall.
Be an Apprentice
Experience is vital for most employers. To gain footing in the job hunting world, work as an apprentice in a field you are interested in. Not only will you obtain much needed job experience, it can provide you with a minimum hourly wage as well.
Seek the Help of a Disability Employment Specialist
While there are employers who openly accept disabled applicants, there are some who feel that handicapped workers cannot perform duties as well as healthy employees. If you encounter these employers often, then it is time that you sought the help of a Disability Employment Specialist. In the United States, these individuals are called Selective Placement Program Coordinators. They can match you with jobs, including those offered by the Federal Government. In the United Kingdom, these specialists are known as Disability Employment Advisers. They can help you find a job, and provide training as needed. They even provide financial assistance so you can purchase the equipment or commute to your new place of work.
With that being said, no matter where you live, there are people can help you get a job despite your limitations. Your disabilities physical or perceived should not stop you from getting the job you deserve. By following these tips, you can gain employment that can satisfy you mentally, socially and financially.