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For many Americans, the pandemic has unveiled new challenges and some companies have shifted due to the health crisis with layoffs, furloughs, cutting hours and overtime pay, and implementing hiring freezes. Other companies are growing and expanding their work force. For people with disabilities, they may have lost their jobs and are looking to secure new employment or looking to enter the job market for the first time.

Some things may be different:

  • You may be required to follow a new rule or regulation that you may or may not agree with
  • Phone or video interviews rather than face-to-face
  • Not every industry is going to be hiring – job seekers may have to adjust their preferences or narrow their search
  • Narrowing down your preferences
  • Prohibits employers from discriminating against employees or applicants with disabilities

Requests for Accommodations

  • Your direct supervisor
  • Hiring Manager
  • Human Resources representative
    • Does not have to be in writing but it is recommended
    • Some employers have forms
    • Ask for help if needed

If you have a condition that would be negatively impacted by wearing a mask, speak to your doctor or healthcare provider before starting at your job. Visit the Job Accommodation’s Network‘s website to view list of job accommodation for each disability.

Job Seeking Tips

  • Create a timeline – how picky can you be? Are you unemployed and living alone? Do you still live with your parents?
  • Strengthen your network – let people know you are in the market for a new job
  • Resume – ask for help if you need it from a parent, job developer
  • Professional toolkit – this is a good time to learn new skills while you’re at home (coding, computer applications, new language, typing skills, etc.)
  • Be flexible – if you need a job ASAP, consider a job for “right now” instead of “forever”
  • Interview – dress professionally, proper grooming/hygiene, know your resume, be time, no distractions, answer honestly and thoroughly yet succinctly, test out technology BEFORE interview
  • Patience – make sure to follow up with employers after you apply but understand everyone is adjusting, don’t lose hopeUtilize support services – get connected with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and for youth/young adults (up to age 24) contact our Youth and Transition Program.
    Lisa Broseke
    Youth Employment Coordinator
    419.885.5733 x 145
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