Most would agree that the whole
job search and interview process is nerve wracking and challenging. If you happen to live with a disability,
health condition or injury this can add an extra level of stress. The good news is that there are plenty of employers who understand the benefits of diversity and will work with job seekers to ensure that their workplace is supportive and inclusive.
Here’s 5 handy tips to give you the confidence you need in your next job search.
1. Know your rights.
- All employers are required by law and supported 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. Also keep in mind that you don’t have to disclose your disability or health conditions to your employer unless it effects work safety. It’s entirely up to you if you choose to bring it up during the interview process or once you’ve secured your job.
2. Be prepared and do your research. If there is a particular organisation you’d like to work for be prepared and do some research on the company before you approach them. Take the time to learn about the organisation. A simple google search will provide a lot of useful information on a company that will help you decide if it’s the type of place you’d like to work at. If you have a job interview approaching employers also love job candidates who have taken to the time to learn more about their organisation.
3. Focus on ability. In your job application, highlight your strengths and focus on what you do best. If you do decide to disclose your disability or health condition to a prospective employer, use real-life examples and your previous work history to show how you’ve successfully managed challenges and achieved positive outcomes.
4.Get the right support. Surround yourself with a supportive network of people who can help you reach your goals. This can include your family, friends and mentors. There are also organisations who specialise in supporting people living with disability, health conditions or injury to find and maintain employment. Disability Employment Service providers like CHESS Connect provide one on one support to help individuals through the job search process and beyond.
5.Keep at it. Looking for work is tough. Application rejections can knock your confidence…but you’re not alone, everyone has experienced rejection in the job hunt, it’s a regrettable part of the process. Use each experience as a learning opportunity and keep at it until you find the right fit for you.
Looking for support on your job search journey? Our highly qualified staff are the experts in working with people living with disability, a health condition or injury that is affecting their ability to find work.
We can help you with the basics of your job search, identifying your skills and abilities, resume writing, job matching and interview support, as well as on the job support once you’ve found a job.
Learn more about our Disability Employment Service.
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