Focus on Abilities
Perhaps you are concerned that your disability could increase the difficulty in obtaining employment. Your disability need not impose bariers on your search.
The key lies in developing effective methods for marketing your strengths and abilities to employers.
Employers are not allowed to ask "Do you have a disability? If so, please explain." The majority of employers have not corrected their application forms and many still ask this. You have the right to leave the answer blank or to put "N/A" (not applicable).
Whether or not you state your disability is a matter of personal preference. A resume is an instrument you will use to convince a potential employer to grant you an interview and should focus on qualifications for the job.
Most students prefer to leave disability information off the resume, thus having the opportunity to make a positive presentation in person.
Employers want to know one thing. Can you do the job? If your disability is "visible," a potential employer may wonder whether your disability will pose problems in getting the work accomplished.
If these concerns are not addressed, you are not going to get the offer. Your responsibility is to initiate discussion of abilities and accommodations.
Try to anticipate concerns the employer may have, acknowledge the concerns, then discuss how your skills and accommodations will allay difficulties.
Make sure your potential employer fully understands your qualifications and ability to perform the job.
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The Career Center is located in the Student Union Building, on the 2nd Floor. An Elevator is provided for individuals with mobility problems.
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For additional information or assistance in addressing your rights and questions employers can and cannot ask in interviews, schedule an appointment with the Career Specialist for Deaf/Disabled Students at (818)885-2878 or (818)885-3066 TDD