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Strategies to Consider in Seeking Employment

Learn more about finding a job

  • Use personal contacts to find out about possible job. Personal contacts could be friends, family, former co-workers or employers, members of your religious organization, local community members such as doctors, physical therapists, counselors, members of professional organizations or social clubs, etc.
  • Visit or set-up informational interviews with as many employers as you can. You may need to visit or telephone many employers in order to know who is hiring and when.
  • College, university, or vocational-technical school placement offices offer job placement and career development services.
  • The public library may be able to provide employment information.
  • Independent Living Centers may provide employment leads and job club services for individuals with disabilities.
  • Classified ads found in the newspaper, local bulletin boards or professional magazines may be useful.
  • Advocacy and support groups may provide employment assistance.
  • Public and private employment agencies circulate resumes and match appropriate job candidates.
  • Job banks provide computerized listings of jobs that you can be matched up with nationwide.
  • Use the Internet to find employment opportunities. Local libraries usually have computers to access the Internet.
  • Volunteer activities can sometimes lead to paid employment and can provide good work experience to include on a resume.
  • Temporary staffing agencies may work for you. Temporary staffing agencies work with people with disabilities in the same way they work with people without disabilities. Temporary work can help you to build a work history, experience different types of jobs, increase your skills, and the amount of money you can earn.
  • These strategies may help to find a job. However, these suggestions are not all inclusive.