How to find a job as a person with disability
13th July 2021
Finding and keeping work as a person with disability or impairment has its fair share of challenges, but with the right know-how and support you can find a job that suits your needs and helps you achieve your goals.
Some of the challenges you might experience along the way include:
- Difficulty in finding jobs with flexible work arrangements
- Discrimination during the recruitment process
- Difficulty accessing training and education
- Trouble understanding the process and completing applications
- Transportation issues when attending interviews
HELP is here to assist people with intellectual and physical disabilities overcome these hurdles with some handy tips to get you started.
What type of work are you looking for?
If you are looking for a new job – whether it’s your first or tenth - understanding what you want to do and what you are able to do is important.
- What am I interested in?
- What talents do I have?
- Do I have the right qualifications?
- Is there anything affecting my ability to carry out this type of work?
- How many hours can I commit to?
Know where to look for job opportunities
There are several employment websites that advertise jobs listed by industry and location. You can set notifications from these sites based on your search criteria, so you’ll find out as soon as jobs that you might be interested in are advertised. Some of the most popular websites are:
There are also Australian Government websites that support your career development, including:
Use your networks
Tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Talk to your friends and family and let them know what sort of work you’re looking for. You never know who has connections in the right places.
Find Supported Employment organisations
There are some organisations, such as HELP, that employ mostly people with disability and support them in their job through Supported Employment opportunities.
Utilise disability employment support services
Disability Employment Support (DES) agencies are specialists who assist people with disability to prepare for employment, find jobs, and stay employed.
HELP is a free Disability Employment Service, and we are here to help you find a job that will give you confidence, new skills, more independence, and an income of your own.
Show off your strengths in your resume and application
Most job applications will require a resume, cover letter, or form completion. This is your time to shine!
When it comes to applying, don’t be afraid to highlight what you’re good at. Have a reputation for attention to detail? Great at keeping items or people organised? Don’t mind repetitive tasks? Whatever it is that sets you apart, make sure you showcase it when you’re applying for roles.