My name is Lana Kanaan and I am an Accessible Employment Advisor with the Coalition for Persons with Disabilities. In my role I secure employment opportunities for the organization’s program participants, by interacting with employers to identify and assess suitable positions, using this information to build functional profiles for each position that will be used to match with the appropriate participant.

1. Know your career goals

The first and most important step is to identify what type of career you want. Make sure you have a clear and realistic goal, determine how you plan to reach it and note what qualifies you for that career path.

2. Customize your resume to match it to the job posting

When applying to a posting, your resume will first be screened by an application tracking system before meeting a recruiter. In order for your application to be selected, study the job description and mirror keywords and phrases in your cover letter and resume.

3. Use all job search resources

Do not limit yourself, take advantage of all job search options. This includes reaching out to companies or hiring managers, attending career fairs and searching social media.

4. Research companies

Research the hiring company before applying to a job listing. This will provide you with information about the company culture, benefits and salary range, products, work environment and more. It also gives you valuable information you can reference in your cover letter or interview.

5. Network/ schedule informational interviews

Informational interviews are informal conversations with professionals in an industry or a company you might want to work for. Find out whether you’re a good fit for the job or industry by requesting informational interviews with someone working in the company that interests you.

At the Coalition for Persons with Disabilities we focus on helping persons with abilities. It may be hard to believe but we do have employers currently seeking employees. We are committed to supporting you as you navigate finding employment during a global Pandemic.

COVID-19 has changed a lot of how businesses find and hire talent. If you’re looking for additional tips and resources, take our free course on Online Job Search. You can also book a guided session with me, and browse our other free courses.

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Online Job search workshop helps individuals who are currently searching for employment by understanding how to navigate different job boards and search engines. The workshop walks individuals through the process of online applications, networking, cold calls and even spam calls and how to report them.

Other Resources

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/cpp-disability-benefit/vocational-rehabilitation.html

https://www.ontario.ca/page/accessibility

Articles about remote work/employing people with disabilities remotely:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/geristengel/2020/04/20/working-from-home-opens-the-door-to-employing-people-with-disabilities/#2733791614bf

About Coalition for Persons with Disabilities

We are The Coalition for Persons with Disabilities,  a not-for-profit organization focused on accessibility. The organization has been providing support to clients to find opportunities in employment, education and training since 1995 within the Peel, Halton and Dufferin regions. We support persons with accessibility needs in finding their future by connecting them with opportunities that match their skills and experience. We also support employers through auditing their accessibility readiness and educating them on how to be more accessible. During the placement process, we support clients and employers by sharing knowledge and best practices on the accommodation process. The programs and services offered support clients at all points in their career journey from first job, to changing careers, or starting their own business. We also work with all education levels and disability-types. Our workshops provide information on a variety of topics including labour market information, job search strategies, or disability disclosure. Our goal is to get people to the right place at the right time, where clients can succeed. Leave Comment: We’d love to hear your tips so leave a comment and let others know what’s worked for you.

Author: Lana.kanaan@disabilityaccess.org

Lana Kanaan

Lana Kanaan

Accessible Employment Advisor

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