It can feel overwhelming, trying to find jobs that suit your needs, especially if you’re living with an injury, illness, or disability.
If you’re not sure where to start your job hunt, there’s help available!
The first important step is to make sure that you’re preparing your resume and CV the right way. After all, it’s the first point of contact that you’ll have with any potential employer, so it’s important that you’re able to showcase your skills and interests to show that you’ll be a good fit for the position you’ve applied for.
Not sure how to prepare your resume? Below are some tips for you to follow so that, no matter what your circumstances are, you’re sending off the best resumes you can.
- Writing your Best Resume
Make sure that when you’re writing your resume, that you’re keeping everything succinct and to the point. The goal is to give potential employers a good impression of your skills and experience, as well as why you might be a good fit for the role. Keep your resume to one page, and separate the sections with unique headings to make it easy to read.
- Don’t Forget Your Cover Letter
While a resume is there to give your potential employer an idea of your skills and work history, a cover letter is where you can show the reader how specific qualifications or work experience roles you have undertaken. A cover letter should outline clearly how these have given you skills and knowledge that make you the ideal candidate for the job. Use your cover letter to give your potential employer a good impression of your work ethic, enthusiasm for the role, and your flexibility and capability to learn on the job.
- Disclosing your disability
There is no legal obligation for people with disability to disclose information about their injury, illness or disability, unless it affects their capacity to meet the requirements of the job. The physical and skill-based requirements of a job should be detailed in the job description so you will know when applying if the job is right for you..
It’s important to disclose if you need accommodations made for you, such as requiring information on wheelchair access entrances to the interview site, or other accommodations for non-physical disabilities.
- Find An Employment Consultant
Employment consultants are trained to help you find suitable employment for people with disability, according to your needs and skill set. They’ll be able to help you enhance your resume and write eye-catching cover letters. These will boost your chances of finding meaningful employment that suits your injury, illness, or disability. It takes the difficulty out of doing it all by yourself, and gives you much-needed support as you enter the workforce. Some organisations offer support for a minimum of 6 months after you’ve found employment. This support is vital when you’re adjusting to working for the first time, or getting back into the workforce after a period of unemployment.