It’s difficult enough finding a job right now if you’re a working-age adult in Canada, but it’s even tougher for disabled adults seeking employment. According to Statistics Canada, the national unemployment rate for work-age adults in 2012 was more than 7 percent, but that pales in comparison to the statistics for disabled adults. Based on the most recent government surveys, nearly 47 percent of all working-age adults with one or more disabilities are unemployed, so it’s more important than ever for the disabled to apply for Canadian disability benefits as soon as they can while they continue to look for work.
At Disability Credit Consultants of Canada, our highly trained, experienced, and compassionate staff excels at helping the disabled apply for and receive the Canadian disability benefits they justly deserve. The process of applying for government assistance can be confusing, depressing, time consuming, and sometimes fruitless – unless you work with professionals with years of experience who’ve assisted thousands of Canadians get access to the care and resources they need.
For any disabled person, the challenges of daily life can be enormous, for themselves and their caregivers, but that doesn’t mean that life can’t be lived to the fullest. Thousands of disabled persons lead independent, happy, and productive lives, not only through the Canadian disability benefits they receive, but also through meaningful employment.
One issue that many disabled adult Canadians face when looking for work is when to reveal their disability, whether to do so during the process of filling out an application online, or when speaking with someone over the telephone or in person. Here are some tips and advice to follow when looking for employment opportunities.
- While generous, Canadian disability benefits should never be considered the sole source of support for the disabled. If you’re a working-age adult looking for employment, it’s important to honestly assess your disability and determine what activities you can perform that your disability doesn’t interfere with. Take an aptitude exam or vocational interest exam, both of which will help match your interests with types of career or work that may be a fit. A good place to start in this regard is Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
- Use online tools to research careers or jobs you may be interested in, and pay careful attention to the job description. Legitimate job postings by a corporate human resources department or experienced recruiter will always include details and whether the job has physical requirements, such as being able to lift objects up to a certain weight or other physical activities that may impair your job performance.
- One advantage of Canadian disability benefits is they often provide reimbursement for education and job training programs, so it’s advisable to work with Disability Credit Consultants of Canada to understand what’s available.
- Regardless of whether someone is or isn’t disabled, it’s critical to make sure your resume highlights your skills and experience, and demonstrates the value you brought to previous employers. One tip that many job seekers forget is to tailor their resume for a specific job at a specific company. This means that if a job posting contains certain keywords or job responsibilities within the description, your resume should include the same information. Many companies use complex recruiting software that scans resumes for keywords, phrases, and other information applicable to a certain job, so make your resume count.
Finally, one of the best ways to find gratifying and worthwhile employment to supplement Canadian disability benefits is to prepare for a job interview as thoroughly as possible. For more information, contact Disability Credit Consultants of Canada at 855-752-0288.