Happy National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! As we continue to celebrate NDEAM, it is important to review the second element of this year’s theme, “Expect. Employ. Empower.” A huge part of why we have NDEAM is because of those employers that provide jobs and those employees who work hard to get hired. After searching through CareerConnect’s Career Clusters, deciding on a career path that is right for you, and seeking advice from mentors online, it is important to put those resources to work. But what if you are worried about your job interview? Or if you aren’t sure how to disclose your disability?
Employ. Individuals who are blind or visually impaired have obstacles to overcome during a job interview, but that does not mean that they are not qualified for the position. It is important to come prepared and be confident in yourself. If you don’t believe you can do it, neither will the employer. Make sure that you have taken the necessary steps to ensure your career success. The Job Seeker’s Toolkit is an accessible, self-paced, and free online course that helps prepared job seekers for all aspects of the employment process, including the interview. The Toolkit also offers modules in self-awareness, career exploration resources, finding employment, and maintaining employment. So let’s say you just got a call from a potential employer to set up an interview, but your employer is not aware of your disability? Well, the course has advice for that! It is important to put your potential employer at ease and address any concerns they might have. This helps you have a better interview and a better chance of getting the job. So let’s say you have the disclosure part down, but you get nervous during interview questions and are not sure what to say. Well, the course has advice for that too! Check it out for yourself on the Job Seeker’s Toolkit Interview Module.