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Opening doors: Job hunting with disabilities

TRACKS can offer invaluable career support

Job hunting is tough for anyone. When you have a disability, those challenges can feel even bigger.

Unfair assumptions, finding jobs with the right accommodations, and figuring out how to discuss your disability can all be roadblocks. But don't lose hope! A fulfilling career is within reach, and the right support, like the kind offered by TRACKS Employment Services in Collingwood, Ontario, can make all the difference.

Understanding Disabilities

The word "disability" covers a lot more than meets the eye – literally. While many disabilities are visible, chronic illnesses, learning disabilities, and mental health conditions all lay under the surface. Each person's experience is unique.

A disability will shape your job search in some way; It's a perspective that both job seekers and employers need to understand.

A Place to Get the Help You Need

A simple resume update isn't enough for many job seekers with disabilities. Our services are designed to empower you on multiple levels. This includes:

  • One-on-One Meetings: Dedicated employment counsellors partner with you to uncover your strengths, reimagine your skills for new roles, and chart out promising career paths. We can provide guidance on navigating those sensitive conversations about disclosing your disability and requesting the support you need from potential employers.
  • Special Resources: TRACKS understands the specific experiences of job seekers with disabilities. Topics like advocating for accommodations, managing disability-related challenges in the workplace, and mastering your interview skills can help strengthen your chances of landing a job.
  • Building a Support System: The job hunt can be isolating – especially when you're navigating the complexities of a disability. We foster a sense of community, giving you a space to connect with others, gain insights, and stay strong during your search.

Tips for Your Job Search

  • Know Yourself: What are you good at? What kind of work environment helps you thrive? TRACKS can help you build this essential self-awareness.
  • Choose the Right Employers: Prioritize companies demonstrating a genuine commitment to building an inclusive workplace. And, explore resources and job boards that connect job seekers with disabilities to the right opportunities.
  • Speak Up with Confidence: Be prepared to discuss potential accommodations constructively, but don't let them overshadow your skills and experience. Highlight what makes you a valuable asset to any team.

The Importance of Partnership

Finding a job you love is absolutely possible.

TRACKS Employment Services is there to be your champion, giving you the tools and guidance to confidently navigate the job market. Our commitment and personalized service help create workplaces where everyone has the chance to succeed.

They can help you in your job search. Contact TRACKS at 705-444-1580 or drop by our office at 50 Hume Street in Collingwood.