When you are searching for a job you read the job description right? You know you qualify for the job. You send in your resume and cover letter and wait. Wait some more; and you get the “rejection email.” Maybe you ask yourself the question, “Why” “What’s wrong with me?” The reason you’re not getting that elusive interview is because your resume doesn’t reflect the skill set of the job description.
I recommend as a Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Masters Level that you take your resume compare it to the job description, then compare the two. Once you have finished you will want to revise your resume to match it.
I want to remind those of you who continue to look for work to not stop looking during the upcoming holiday season. Employers don’t stop hiring and you shouldn’t stop looking.
Discrimination continues to be alive and well in America, what a very sad commentary. Although this article doesn’t directly apply to with disabilities, it’s an “eye opener” of what is going in the hiring practices of employers.
The OFCCP is clearly beginning to monitor the hiring practices of those companies who have federal contracts (doing business with the federal government)
You get hired and go to the orientation where you receive the Employee Handbook. You get all the rules, policy and procedures-it has all of the information you will need to be successful on your job. Right? At your orientation, HR doesn’t mention all the stuff that can’t be written down-hidden rules.
Hidden rules is the information that isn’t written down, but you are expected to know. They are cues that let you know whether you belong to a group or whether you don’t. Break the rule and no one may tell you what you did wrong.
To understand the hidden rules in your workplace, it will be important to observe and listen to your co-workers and to watch how they behave.
Few groups of adults in the United States have a higher rates of employment or lower rates of participation in the labor force than people with disabilities. One in 10 working-age U.S adults (19 million) has one or more disabilities (Brault, 2010)
“In 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13548 Section 503 Rehabilitation Act of 1973 increasing Federal Employment of (qualified) individuals with Disabilities.
The goal is to hire an additional 100,000 individuals with disabilities over the next 5 years.
More people with disabilities work for the federal government now than in the past 32 years.” – Michael Murray, Principal Advisor U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 8/20/2014 training
“The new regulations under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 will have as great an impact on the lives of Americans with disabilities as the ADA.” – Tony Coelho,
former House Majority Whip and primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act
it is my hope that employers (private) will hire more people will disabilities because it makes good business sense.
Until next time,
I’m Cynthia. I am Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) at the Master’s Level. I have been working with people with disabilites helping them to find suitable employment. I have a 99.9% success rate in helping people with applying for Social Security Disability the first time they apply without using an attorney.
As an Employment Network (EN) for the Ticket to Work Program, I have over a 50% success of helping people with disabilities obtain suitable employment and maintain that employment long-term.
The goal of my blog is to help you, the reader, gain a better understanding of Social Security Disability Insurance.