We’re all differently abled. But for job seekers with diagnosed disabilities, identifying and making visible their strengths, their abilities, is especially important. This three-part series helps people with disabilities gain the confidence, awareness, search tools, and interview strategies necessary to take the job-hunting bull by the horns. From online resources that can pinpoint skills and interests… to organizations and Web sites that can clarify legal questions… to concrete advice on preparing a resume, completing an application, and sitting down face-to-face with a potential employer… this is an up-to-date guide to greater prosperity, empowerment, and productivity. Inspiring case studies and expert interviews are featured throughout. A Cambridge Educational/MotionMasters Co-Production. 3-part series, 23-28 minutes each.
Includes the following titles:
- Effective Job Search for People with Disabilities
For anyone who thinks “disabled” means “unemployable,” this video quickly dispels that myth and shows how to begin the job-hunting process by identifying skills, strengths, and interests. Viewers are provided with a basic explanation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its guarantees of equal opportunity, as well as an overview of the kinds of companies and organizations that often take the lead in hiring disabled applicants. Other major topics include creating a self-assessment or profile of talents and abilities, setting up informational interviews, developing online and personal networks, and examining the possibilities of self-employment. Click here for a preview clip.
- Smart Resumes and Applications for People with Disabilities
A resume must be impressive. But for people with disabilities, there’s always an extra concern. At what stage of the process should the disability be mentioned—in the resume? On an application? Is it better to wait until a face-to-face interview? While there’s no easy answer, this video helps job seekers sift through the many challenges and decisions of completing resumes, cover letters, references, and applications. Illustrating the differences between chronological, functional, and combination resumes, as well as the specific uses of a targeted resume, the program explains why a candidate with a disability might choose one type or another and explores ways to submit an application package that is positive, professional, and proactive. Click here for a preview clip.
- Job Interview Essentials for People with Disabilities
Job interviews are stressful for everybody, and maybe even more so for people with disabilities. But they don’t have to be. This video shows how to turn an interview into a self-selling opportunity that focuses on what a disabled candidate can do, no matter how obvious his or her physical limitations might be. Offering detailed pointers on preparing for an interview, including ways to project confidence and a positive attitude, the program also suggests approaching an interview as a chance to dispel stereotypes and improve a prospective employer’s understanding of disabilities. Ways to respond effectively to frequently asked questions—some appropriate, some illegal, all of them challenging—are presented along with a helpful discussion of how to follow up after an interview. Click here for a preview clip.