People with disabilities or long-term health conditions may face additional barriers when searching for jobs for disabled people. Careers with Disabilities supports disabled people on their journey to find a dream job.
Trying to find jobs for disabled people can be daunting at first, especially if you have been out of work for a long period of time. There are many resources that you can access to help you on your job search journey.
Before you start your job search, it is important to spend the time deciding what you would like to do. You don’t need to be sure about a specific role, having an interest in a particular industry or field is a great starting point.
Consider whether you have the necessary skills or qualifications to do the job. It could help to make a list of your personal strengths which you can review when looking at job adverts. It is also important to consider the type of work you are looking for, whether this be full-time hours, part-time work, or work from home opportunities to mention just a few.
If you need support with documentation, visit our document library where you can access a CV template and Covering letter template.
Careers with Disabilities Jobs Board
Careers with Disabilities connect disabled jobseekers with inclusive employers through our specialised jobs board. Our jobs board launched last week and we are excited about this new development to our website. We offer a practical means for disabled jobseekers to match with organisations committed to inclusivity and accessibility.
At Careers with Disabilities, we understand that it can be difficult for disabled people to understand which employers are disability-friendly. That is why our jobs board is set apart from traditional job board sites on a number of grounds. The Careers with Disabilities jobs board is specifically tailored for disabled jobseekers. Our specialist features include enabling disabled jobseekers to read about an organisation’s accessibility commitments, inclusive policies and diversity goals.
Our jobs board is new but will be growing rapidly over the next few months. Use of jobs alert feature to make sure you don’t miss out on an opportunity for your dream job.
Identify disability-friendly employers
One quick way to identify which employers are positive about inclusivity and accessibility for disabled people is to look for the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation. Disability Confident is a Government scheme which encourages organisations to take extra steps to support the inclusion of disabled people in their workforce.
Adjustments in the application process
By law, employers must offer reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process so that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions are not at a disadvantage. If you have concerns that an application process may disadvantage you, ask to apply in an alternative way. This could mean submitting your application in a different format or extra time during interviews or assessments. If you need further assistance, visit our guide on your rights as a disabled worker.
Adjustments in the role
If you choose to disclose your disability when applying for the job, then this is a great opportunity to start a conversation about the reasonable adjustments that could help you excel in the role. This could include changes to aspects such as the advertised hours or duties.