A recent green paper published by the Work and Pensions secretary, Damian Green, has discovered that about 5 out of 10 disabled people have a job, which is significantly less than the 8 in 10 non-disabled people who are in employment. Discrimination, inequalities, and prejudice contribute to this disparity. The UK government is doing its best to address these issues, with a planned measure to review the system to ensure that disabled people obtain work and stay employed. There are certain tools that you can use when it comes to seeking employment.
- Should You Disclose Your Disability on Your CV?
The simple fact of the matter is that people who are disabled will have to work harder and smarter to find a position. Thankfully, a CV is traditionally used as a determiner when employers call for an interview. This gives you options as to how you want to introduce your disability to your potential employer.
It’s important that before you disclose any pertinent information about your disability, that you are aware of your limits. The first thing that you need to do as a job seeker is to ensure that you could do the job with minimal accommodation. If your disability does not directly affect job performance, then there is no need to mention it in your resume.
The University of Brighton introduces additional scenarios where you shouldn’t disclose your disability. You may not want to disclose your personal health problems to an employer, or you may feel that your application will not be considered. If you are going to disclose your disability, then understand that you are protected under the Equality Act of 2010. This mandate states that it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against disabled people during the recruitment process. The act also ensures that the company will make reasonable accommodations and adjustments for your disability.
- Interview Tips for People with Disabilities
Stay informed. Preparation is particularly crucial to ensure that you do not become stressed and your disability becomes agitated. Proper preparation will also ensure job interview success. You may give employers a courtesy call to ensure proper accommodations if need be, such as a ramp for a guide dog. Enter the interview wearing the appropriate attire and ensure that any accessibility aids like canes are presentable.
Research the company. During your CV building, you included many of the keywords used in the ad, therefore employers will seek reciprocity between your resume and the job’s requirements. Dig further and inform yourself about the company’s products and competitors. This will prepare you for standard questions and position you as an informed asset to the employer.
Practice reduces anxiety. Don’t be afraid to practice in front of a trusted friend or a mirror. Positive body language and concise answers will ensure that the conversation directs towards your skill set and your experiences relevant to the job. Practice will make sure that stress does not affect your job prospects.
You are part of a community consisting of 6.9 million people in the UK who are disabled and are of working age. Even though you might feel anxiety about seeking a job, take note that employers are also looking to bridge that gap, with many using the Two Ticks symbol to showcase their commitment to hiring those with a disability.
Written by Jocelyn Brown