Finding a Job that is Right for You: A Practical Approach to Looking for a Job as a Person with a Disability
As a person with a disability, who can help me find a job?
Your state rehabilitation agency can provide you with a counselor and can help you get a vocational assessment, get training or education, prepare your resume, and/or assist with your job search.
I am receiving social security benefits. Are there any programs designed to help me find work?
If you receive benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) , then you may want to ask for help from an Employment Network. These Employment Networks work with the Social Security's Ticket-to-Work Program to find jobs for people who receive social security benefits. These employment networks, like the state vocational rehabilitation agencies, are funded to help you get a job.
If you are receiving Social Security benefits, then you may also want to talk with a Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach (BPAO) counselor about how working will affect your social security benefits. People often fear losing Medicare/Medicaid coverage and SSI/SSDI benefits before their work income is high enough to cover living expenses. To find a benefits counselor, visit: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/resource/jsp/searchByState.jsp
Are there local resources where I can go to find a job?
If you are looking for local help, you will definitely want to visit your local One-Stop Career Center. One-Stop Centers are local employment or career offices throughout the country. The U.S Department of Labor funds these Centers. To find a One-Stop Center anywhere in the country go to: http://www.servicelocator.org. Many One Stop Centers have Disability Navigators who can help you navigate through the variety of programs and services.
Are there companies that have interest in hiring people with disabilities?
Lighthouse International provides information and assistance for individuals with vision limitations who are seeking employment. Find more information at http://lighthouse.org/services-and-assistance/career-services
GettingHired.com is the place where people with disabilities seeking employment, employers committed to hiring people with disabilities, service providers, college disability and career services departments,and disability advocacy groups connect. Click on www.gettinghired.com to learn more.
Hire Disability Solutions provides comprehensive career services to facilitate employment for people with disabilities, veterans, their family members, and others who face challenges in their lives.
Since 1995, ABILITY Jobs has helped 100's of thousands of job seekers with disabilities in their employment search. With the first stand-alone resume bank, employers can actively seek talented people with disabilities looking for work.
What is a job bank?
A job bank allows you to post your resume on the Internet for employers to see. Below are a number of job banks where you may want to post your resume. The first group of job banks is for everyone. The second group is specifically designed for job searchers with disabilities. The third group specifically provides service in for Spanish speakers. Finally, the last group is for service members and their families as they look for work.
Many of these Websites also have other information that may be helpful during your search for the "right" job. For a complete guide to looking for a job on-line, please go to the Riley Guide Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet at http://www.rileyguide.com/
- Indeed Job Metasearch Engine
- Career Magazine
- America's Job Exchange
Disability Related Job Banks
- Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)
- ABILITY Jobs
- Sierra Group's One More Way Foundation
- Think Beyond the Label