The job market is tough for all. It is important to be realistic and realize that it may take up to a number of months or even years before you find your dream job.
Finding a job is challenging and no different than for someone who has no disabilities.
If you have disability of some sort and are finding it hard to land an interview, here are a few tips to help you through:
- Acknowledge your disability: Although not mandatory, it is good to describe your limitations in a Resume and Cover letter. But also make sure to mention all the things you have to offer. Your skills, abilities, education, experience etc. Communicate how you can help the company and why you are the right candidate for the job. Even if your disability does not affect your job performance, it is always a good idea to make sure that your employer is aware.
- Reach out: You can submit your application and call the employer to talk about the opportunity. If possible, go see the employer in person and drop off your Resume. You can also request for an appointment. This shows initiative and interest. It also allows the employer to know you as a person and gives your Resume a “face”. This will make you stand out. Remember to dress your best. Reaching out will also show that you are a strong, confident individual.
- Ask for advice: You may contact professionals in the field you desire to work in to seek their advice. They can guide you and help you work towards you career path.
- Volunteer: Volunteering is a great way to expand your network. It also shows that you care about the community and like being involved. Volunteering will also play a great role if you do not have any previous work experience. You should volunteer at places that can help you build up on the skills you require for the job you’re most interested in.
- Have an established online presence: Most employers look at candidate’s online profiles before making a hiring decision. LinkedIn is one professional platform that employers are likely to check. You should also make sure that your online profiles are up to date and that they match the information on your profile. Make sure to post appropriate content and profile pictures.
- Read: expand your knowledge. Read books and stay up to date with the news. Although not mandatory, it is always a good idea to know what is going on in the world around you. Keep up with the industry you wish to work for. This will impress the employers and show that you love the job being offered.
- Never stop trying: A person who gives up is virtually guaranteed success. You become unstoppable if you follow a strict career path and work towards your goal. Keep going. Try approaching situations from a different point of view and connect with as many people as you can.
Remember, disability does not mean inability.
Kanata Job works with many employers who understand the needs of persons inflicted with disabilities. Create your profile today and we will do our best to put you in contact with an employer whose employment location is accessible and meets any special needs you may have.