This is a guest post, authored by DisabledParents.org, a site dedicated to assisting parents who have disabilities.
Looking for a job, preparing for interviews, and putting together a strong resume can all be time-consuming and difficult tasks, especially when you have a very clear idea of the career path you want to follow. When you’re living with a disability, these things can be even harder because you have to not only account for your comfort level but also figure out the best fit for your needs. When job-hunting, it’s important to look for something that will work with your mobility while allowing you to grow and show off your skills.
The key is to get organized from the start. Consider creating an office space in your home that is accessible so you can work on your resume, print out copies, and keep track of all the places to which you’ve applied. Look online for opportunities in your area for individuals with disabilities, especially if you have special needs in the workplace (such as an accessible computer or a desk that will allow for a wheelchair).
After getting organized, you should:
Use Online Resources
There are tons of online resources for individuals who are living with a disability; some are geared towards helping to find work-at-home jobs, while others can steer you toward government disability programs and free-employment assistance, such as assistance with creating a resume that will make your skills stand out to hiring managers.
Keep Your Expectations Realistic
You may have a particular job in mind, but it’s important to think about whether you’ll be able to comfortably perform it with your abilities. It would be truly disappointing to get hired for the job you’ve always wanted only to find out it doesn’t match your expectations or to discover that you’re unable to physically tackle the duties included in the job description. Once you get an interview, write down a list of questions you can ask the employer so you’ll know exactly what the job entails. Don’t forget to do some research on the company so that you can ask relevant questions and show the employer how much the job means to you.
Prepare for Interviews
Preparing for interviews is half the battle when it’s time to look for your dream job. One of the best ways to do this is to work up a mock interview and ask a friend or loved one to help you. Look online for commonly asked questions, and think about your answers. Not only will this help you impress your would-be employer, but it will also give you confidence on the big day.
Boost Your Confidence
Many individuals with disabilities have trouble when it’s time to look for a job because they don’t feel confident in their abilities. Boost your confidence by purchasing a new wardrobe or splurging on new makeup, or start a new exercise routine for strength and agility. Feeling secure and confident will help you walk into that interview and nail it.
You can also use deep-breathing exercises to help you get through the interview when you’re feeling nervous. “Since breathing is something we can control and regulate, it is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind,” says holistic health expert Dr. Andrew Weil.
Snagging your dream job doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. As an individual with disabilities, it’s up to you to find the best ways to change your life for the better, and you can get there with a solid plan, some organization, and a little research.
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