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3 Ways Tech Helps Those With Disabilities Find Jobs
Finding a job when you have a disability can be tough. Thankfully, technology is helping people overcome physical and mental challenges to find good-paying jobs that they love. Here are three ways tech helps level the playing field and gives more people the opportunity to get to work, no matter what disability they may have.
Apps for Easy Job Searches
The majority of job searching is happening online now. Doing your job search on the internet makes it easier than ever to check job listings on a daily basis. That way you can have an eye out for something that may be right for your skills and abilities.
The best way to do this is to download job-finding apps to your smartphone. Through the apps, you can upload your resume and get alerts when employers post new jobs that might interest you. Make sure you have a phone that can handle the apps, though. Many newer apps require significant amounts of memory and speed, and older phones don’t always run them well.
Upgrading can help you stay in touch with prospective employers, too. If a new phone is part of your job hunt, search for versions with features that can be helpful to your situation.
Online Interviews via Webcam
Some people with disabilities find it difficult to leave the house for a job interview. Others may experience anxiety when trying to interview for a position in person. One commonplace piece of tech equipment, webcams, can come to the rescue. Interviewing via webcam is increasing in popularity, and that means you can do your interview from almost anywhere you have an internet connection.
To prepare for your interview, make sure you practice with the device that you’ll be using beforehand. Have a friend or family member call you so you know how everything works. Ask them to practice interview questions with you, too, so you are more comfortable talking on the webcam when the real thing happens.
It’s important to remember that an employer cannot ask youabout your disability, whether you are interviewing in person or via webcam. If you want to, though, you can let them know how you’d plan on overcoming any challenges presented by your disability in the position. Make sure you point out the assets you’d bring to their organization, too!
Remote Working Opportunities
Thanks to technology, there are more remote working opportunities available on the job market than ever. Remoteworking opportunities can provide great job options for those with disabilities. You can create a profile on a freelance job platform where potential employers or clients look to hire mobile app developers, programmers, customer service pros, writers, and many other types of professionals. Your work can be completed at home with a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Some companies may even provide the equipment free of charge while you work for them.
Remote work eliminates commuting, which can be troublesome (and even impossible) for some people with disabilities. By working remotely, you can set up your home office in the way that works best for you, whether at a desk, in your bed, or sitting on the sofa. Plus, more remote work jobs typically offer flexible hours, so you can work when it’s best for you.
Are you a person with a disability looking to advance your career? Technology is making it easier to find work that meets your unique circumstances. Find the tools that you’ll need to get a great job and make sure you are comfortable using them. That way you can put them to work in your new career.