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Your Right to Employment: Kicking Off Your Job Search

September 12, 2016

So you’re ready to join the workforce…

Kicking off a new job search when you have a disability might seem like an impossible task at times.  It doesn’t need to be (nor should it be) any more difficult to land your ideal position – you just need to be aware of the support system you have at your disposal.

Here are four ways to best navigate your job search from the get-go.


First things first – when it comes to taking advantage of the assistance and services Ability for Hire provides for South Dakotans in need, make sure you meet the basic requirements to qualify for the support. You must both:

  • Have a disability that is a substantial impediment to employment
  • Benefit from services to get into the workforce or retain your current job

Counseling and Training

If you qualify, there are services through vocational counseling that can greatly boost your opportunities for work. These counseling services include one-to-one support from a specialist who can help you adjust to a disability that may be new or recently evident, plan for your future and take stock of your interests.  When it comes to preparing you for your specific workplace of choice, Ability for Hire can set you up with on-the-job training, coaching on your desired line of work and higher education opportunities.

Search Prep

What’s the first thing you need when you’re about to start applying to jobs? The answer is a résumé. Developing a stellar résumé can be difficult – Ability for Hire can line you up with a support person who can help you build your résumé to attract employers, as well as practice your interview technique with you once the business calls you in to meet.


Businesses are required to meet your reasonable accommodation needs in the workplace in order to stay ADA compliant, but there are also services available to you that can make your day-to-day work life easier once an offer is on the horizon. If assistive technology, interpreters or education support will help meet your needs, talk to Ability for Hire about your options.

When it comes to kicking off your job search, you’re not alone. Ability for Hire can help you seek out the employment you deserve and employers who will be eager to have your skills on-hand. Just give us a call or contact us online to get started.

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