Job hunting as a disabled person can be a difficult process. For many people with a disability or health condition, one of the most important aspects of finding a new job is ensuring the employer is committed to inclusion and accessibility.
Careers with Disabilities can help you connect with accessible organisations. Follow these simple tips to help ensure you find an employer that will help support you with managing your disability in the workplace.
Careers with Disabilities Jobs Board
Careers with Disabilities connect disabled jobseekers with inclusive employers through our specialised jobs board and employer directory.
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 ensures you don’t miss out on an opportunity for your dream job.
Disability Confident Scheme
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 Government scheme which encourages organisations to take extra steps to support the inclusion of disabled people in their workforce. There are three levels of the scheme known as Committed, Employer and Leader. Organisations at the higher levels are proactively recruiting and supporting disabled workers.
All employers on the Careers with Disabilities employer directory are required to state whether they are part of the Disability Confident Scheme and at which level.
By law, employers must offer reasonable adjustments so that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions are not at a disadvantage. Adjustments should be offered both during the recruitment process and once employed. 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.
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.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies
Organisations outline the ways in which they are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I). Reading up on these policies can help you understand the ways in which the company looks to improve the number of disabled workers in their workforce. It may also give you an insight as to how you may receive support to manage your disability or health condition while at work.
Another great way to understand how an organisation supports their disabled workers is to approach a current employee for a first-hand review. Many organisations share employee experiences and stories via the careers section of their website. You could also ask the recruitment team for some information from a disabled employee.
It is important to remember that all employers are required by law to offer alterations to the workplace to accommodate for an employee’s disability or health condition. If you need further advice, visit our page on your rights as a disabled worker. Careers with Disabilities are here to support you in finding your dream jobs as a disabled person.