For people who are living with some form of disability, many things in life will be more of a challenge. For disabled individuals who are hoping to find stable and regular employment this will present its own set of challenges, from your ability to be able to perform the day to day functions that the role requires to the possibility of being discriminated against due to having a disability.
Having said that, the environment has been changing in Australia when it comes to people with a disability. As knowledge and awareness spread, more and more employers are realising the benefits of hiring a person with a disability.
Let’s take a look at some handy tips to find a job with a disability, as well as some possible jobs for disabled people.
- Use the internet to educate yourself
We all know the internet offers up a wealth of information all at your fingertips. When you get online and research tips and advice to find a job when you have a disability, all kinds of information will come up.
Some of this information will pertain to assistance and support programs, including government-funded and private programs. There is a lot of professional help out there for people living with a disability when you want to find a job, as well as general advice.
- Focus on what you can do
This is important as it will keep you in a positive frame of mind. Not only should you use this tactic when communicating with potential employers, but also use it in your personal life. Negative thoughts and focusing on anything negative will only serve to dwindle away your faith in yourself. Despite the fact that you are living with a disability, there are numerous things you are capable of doing and things you can do well.
This needs to be the focus of your mind as well as the kind of information you share when you are actively searching for a job.
- Demonstrate that you can do the job
If you manage to land a job interview but the prospective employer shares doubts about your ability to function in the available job role, you could offer to demonstrate that you can do the job via a trial period (paid or unpaid, depending on what you can negotiate).
The idea is to be able to show, rather than tell, the employer that you can adequately perform all of the activities necessary to successfully fill the position. There’s nothing more convincing than a hands-on demonstration to prove a point.
- Focus on part-time employment to begin with
If you’re not yet certain you’ll be capable of putting in a 40-hour workweek due to your disability, or you think an employer will believe you’re not, start off by chasing up part-time job opportunities.
This way, you can ease your way into the workforce and self-assess how you are going. An employer might be more likely to hire you on a part-time basis initially as well.
If you prove to both yourself and your employer that you can easily handle the part-time hours, a full-time job opportunity may result after a period of time.
- Don’t wait for a job to come to you
By all means, search the latest positions vacant and see what jobs are available, but don’t solely rely on that approach to find work.
Be proactive and craft an email that you can send out to potential employers. At the very least, they may keep your name on file and give you a call when a position becomes available.
Job prospects for people with a disability
Let’s now quickly list a few jobs and industries that would suit someone with a physical disability:
- Public relations
- Bank teller
- IT specialist
- Online marketing
- Salon worker
- Call center worker
- Customer service roles
- And many more…
Be sure to access any professional assistance available to help you in your job search. You might even want to consider teaming up with a local Jobactive provider, as they’ll actively give you all the assistance you need to find employment.