Getting the Job with a Disability (infographic)

If you think a job search is tough, imagine engaging in a job hunt with a disability. Join me in welcoming this guest post from Victoria Abbott-Fleming, founder of Burning Nights, a UK-based site serving the needs of those impacted by Complex Regional Pain Syndrome:

Employers are prohibited by law from discriminating against candidates solely on the grounds of disability, but they might be reluctant to hire a disabled employee in case he or she is incapable of performing key tasks, even with the greatest will in the world. They could also be fearful of a situation where an employee’s disability regularly forces him or her to take sick leave, no matter how happy he/she might be in the job.

Research from Eurostat shows that adults with a disability or a long-standing health problem or activity difficulty (LHPAD) are more likely to be unemployed than adults with no such physical conditions. Also, more than half of unemployed adults with an LHPAD cited their condition as the main reason for not seeking employment.

The situation for disabled job seekers is obviously rather challenging, but many people with a disability or LHPAD channel their adversity into a relentless motivation to prove that no obstacle is too high. By persevering with a positive mindset and tailoring their job search towards vacancies which require little or no physical exertion, candidates with disabilities can not only find employment, but thrive in it.

If a candidate with a disability has been called for interview, he or she can request to conduct it through Skype or FaceTime; if this is not possible, he or she can ask for the interview to be held in an accessible location. He or she doesn’t need to go into detail about the disability, but by informing the employer of it, the employer will almost always be accommodating enough to make convenient arrangements. That’s far preferable to a scenario where the disabled job seeker says nothing and is then called for an interview which is scheduled for the top floor of a 10-story building.

The following infographic from Burning Nights is a useful tool for any disabled jobseeker who has an interview approaching or is actively looking for employment.

Getting a Job with a Disability