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10 Job-Hunting Tips for People with Disabilities

March 15, 2017

The job hunt, believe it or not, doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, there are a variety of ways in which you can make searching for your new career less stressful, whether you’re a recent high school graduate or looking for a new path.

But what about job hunting tips for South Dakotans with disabilities? Here are some ideal tips for you to try out to make your job hunt even more successful.

Consider vocational counseling

A vocational rehabilitation counselor can assist you with getting started on the right path within your job search, from helping you evaluate any necessary workplace adjustments, future-planning, and determining compatible jobs you’d be most interested in.

Get trained

You don’t have to have employment secured to start training for your future career. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services can include job coaching and on-the-job training, as a couple of options, to assist when getting started with a job.

Secure placement

Additionally, VR can provide job placement opportunities to place you in a job that most fits your needs and your skills. Service providers are able to suggest opportunities to you, as well as help you build your résumé and application skills.

Job preparation assistance

Depending on your abilities, you may require a little bit of individualized assistance as you get started with your chosen career. Depending on your functional limitations, VR can provide education regarding interpreters, assistive technology, or other support systems to give confidence to both you and your future employer.

Transition from school

If you’re a jobseeker who’s heading from high school into the workforce, VR can also provide transition assistance to prepare you for the journey, such as hands-on shadowing experiences in workplaces and career planning.

Know your options

If you qualify under certain special statuses, such as an American Indian or a military veteran, there are additional VR options in South Dakota, the SD American Indian VR Program and the SD Veterans Affairs VR Program.

Learn from others

One of the best things you can do to improve your job search is to talk to others who have been there and learn about tips that work. Start with a little inspiration over here on the Ability for Hire website to see some success stories.

Talk to friends

You’d be surprised how far you can get just from networking with the people you already know. Talk to your friends in various office and workplace settings—they might have some tips on how to get a similar job or even a job with their company.

Practice, practice, practice

Going through job interviews is one thing that’s going to be a constant no matter how many times you apply for jobs. The best way to make you a pro at interviewing is to practice with a friend who can ask common questions. Better yet, VR can provide interviewing assistance as part of your career preparation!

Contact Ability for Hire

By contacting the folks at Ability for Hire, you can get the ball rolling on the aforementioned services. We can hook you up with a VR counselor or provider to help you find job listings that fit your needs. Start here.

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