Job seeking is a daunting task for anyone in his/her career. With a clear
understanding of your skills strengths and limitations and how best to promote
yourself while you are working you can significantly increase your chances of
finding and keeping a job better.
We have developed this guideline to provide you with practical tips on how to
promote yourself and your skills to an employer in your job career.
Organize yourself, your skills and limitations
To be able to promote yourself to an employer you need a full understanding
of your skills, interests, abilities, limitations and job goals. You should also
consider whether or not to disclose your disability to an employer and when you
might do this:
Be clear on any special requirements, workplace adjustments or modifications
that an employer will need to know about, including any strategies for meeting
these requirements. You should also ensure that you can communicate these
clearly to an employer. For example, when the requirements of a job are
discussed, identify simple adjustments or accommodations to enable you to
perform these requirements, or point to sources of expert advice on adjustments.
You might like to draw the employer's attention to help available through
Job Access and the Workplace Modifications Scheme. The Workplace Modifications
Scheme helps to pay for the cost involved in modifying the workplace or
purchasing special or adaptive equipment for employees with disability. You can
get the following fact sheet for your employer:
Administrative center modifications and adjustments
Gain a full understanding of your skills, interests and abilities and make a
list of potential jobs you are interested in. Identify the tasks involved in
these jobs and ensure you can safely perform all or most of these tasks.
Providers of Australian Government Employment Services can assist in working
through these steps. For details on locating an employment service provider in
your local area:
Free expert help with employment
It is a good idea to know about the financial help and wage information
available to employers of people with disability so that you can discuss them
with the employer if needed:
Talking to employers
It can be a challenge talking to employers positively about yourself and your
disability. Some prior planning and discussion will go a long way to meeting
this challenge. Face to face discussion gives a better opportunity to explain
your skills and circumstances so try to organize a meeting with an employer
rather than have detailed discussions over the phone.
When talking to employers:
- keep discussions brief and to the point while talking
- provide strategies and solutions for addressing any restrictions you may
have or any special considerations, workplace modifications or adjustments
you may need
- use positive words, for example 'I am able to?.'
- highlight your skills and abilities while talking and expressing
- don?t inhabit on your disability while expressing yourself
- think positively about any one.
Be aware of and look forward to employer concerns
Employers may have concerns when employing a person with disability. For
common concerns employers usually raise, together with common sense solutions