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Important Tips for Job Applicants with Disabilities

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

In today’s economy, more than ever, it is important to take advantage of any assistance available when it comes to your job search. Whether you are seeking a job or exploring a new career, if you have special needs or disabilities then there are many helpful programs designed with you in mind. Numerous resources have been created to assist you in finding job success.

The following tips can help you in preparing for a successful job search.

1. Be familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is designed to protect you and has specific provisions to assist you in finding and keeping a job.

2. Explore the many federal government resources available to assist those with special needs or disabilities in searching for and preparing for a career. Many of these sites are listed in the STEP™ Resource Guide.

3. Take advantage of state programs designed to help those with special needs and disabilities. In Maryland, for instance, there is a special department of the government called Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) that operates to assist the special needs community.

4. Be aware of job accommodation requirements and options that you are entitled to. These can make the difference between job success and job frustration. It is never a sign of weaknesses to take advantage of an opportunity to be successful!

5. Be open with a prospective employer about any disabilities you may have once you meet with them for an interview. Let them know that you are aware of your limitations – and aware of your rights. Also, share with them the strategies or accommodations you intend to use to ensure that you are able to do the job successfully. Remember that employers are not allowed to discriminate against you when hiring.

The internet is full of free information that can help you. Explore the many free sites listed in the free online version of the STEP™ Resource Guide today!