• Employment is not solely about income. It also provides daily structure, a sense of purpose, and contact with other people – invaluable things for sufferers of disability.
  • With there being more than seven million disabled people of working age in the UK (18% of the working population), businesses cannot afford to ignore this vast pool of talent.
  • Studies in fact show that employers who are disability-smart (not only being aware of the needs of people with disability, but actively recruiting them) and embrace diversity tend to perform better and cultivate stronger, more lasting customer relationships than those who do not.
  • The internet is a fantastic resource for potential jobs nowadays. You can find a number of useful job search engines, such as Universal Jobmatch, Indeed, Reed, CV Library and Monster, amongst others.
  • LinkedIn is a helpful facility for contacting employers, since you can create a profile that explicitly advertises your past employment history, you skills, and what types of job you are searching for.
  • Companies are also increasingly using social media to source new employees, with vacancies advertised on Facebook and Twitter. Be aware that some employers may explore your social media profiles, so review your profile and privacy settings.
  • Don’t have access to the internet? Your local library will be able to assist you.
  • Look out for the ‘disability confident’ symbol on job adverts, also known as the ‘two ticks’ symbol! This symbol demonstrates that the employer is committed to hiring disabled people, and that you will be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic conditions of the role. More information can be found on Disability Confident, or at your local Jobcentre.