Getting a job with a disability

The hunt for employment is unforgiving, with competition for places so high that it takes a very good applicant to even be considered for an interview. Obtaining an interview, of course, is only a means to an end, namely securing the job for which you’re applying. That will usually require demonstrating to an employer that you are capable of performing the main tasks of the job.

If that job demands considerable physical effort or a specialist level of expertise, a candidate with a disability might not be able to perform tasks to the required standard. That’s not a criticism, as they could be exceptionally bright or willing to do the job, but the harsh truth is that it cannot be performed without it taking a toll on their health. Also, employers could be deterred from hiring someone who has no choice but to take time off for health reasons, even if they would rather be in work.

If a job seeker has a disability that could make it extremely hard to perform some jobs, he/she is well advised to instead focus on those jobs which they can do easily. An ideal vacancy is one where no physical effort is needed, stress is relatively low, salary is high enough to cover healthcare costs and the job can be performed from home. Vocations such as accountancy, financial planning or career guidance counselling tick all these boxes and could be perfect for job seekers with disabilities.

Burning Nights produced this infographic which dispenses some practical advice for people with disabilities who are seeking employment.



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