Job Search Basics
Looking for a job can be a lot of work, if you have not been in the job market for a while or are making a life change due to disability.
Use the resources below to learn as much as you can about the job search process:
- Careeronestop is a comprehensive website for all types of job seekers -- people with disabilities, veterans, career changers, older workers, ex-felons and more. The site has many online tools for planning your job search, as well as on networking, writing résumés and cover letters, interviewing and finding job openings.
- The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers an online resource called Finding a Job that is Right for You: A Practical Approach to Looking for a Job as a Person with a Disability.
- Willing and Able: A Job Hunting Guide for Idahoans with Disabilities (PDF) - download for advice on skills, networking, applications, résumés, cover letters, interviews - plus many resources, all focused on for job seekers with disabilities in Idaho. Includes specific information about disclosure and accommodation. Visit your local Labor office for a free printed copy of this valuable guide
Job Search Tools
The basic tools of a job search are much the same for every job seeker – networking, creating résumés, filling out applications, handling interviews – and there is help for each step:
Visit your local Labor Office and meet with a career planner in person for assistance writing resumes, filing out applications or applying online. Find an office near you at labor.idaho.gov/officedirectory
Register Online to use Job Search Websites
Register online with the Idaho Department of Labor and create a free IdahoWorks account. Each local Idaho Labor office has an ADA compliant workstation with screen reading software, and career planners can help you register.
With an IdahoWorks account, you can search for a job and access the Idaho Career Information System, which has many assessments and other career, education and employment support.
Many organizations have job boards on their websites where job seekers can search and apply for job openings online. Some allow you to post your résumé or build a profile to help match you up with the right job. Here are a few tips about privacy and disclosure before you register:
- Be cautious about disclosing your disability with online résumés and profiles. Some organizations will never share your information publicly or to employers unless you authorize a release of information. On others, however, your information may become public information.
- Registering online and creating a profile for employers can be time consuming. Have all of your employment information ready BEFORE you start the registration process.
- Be aware of job scams and take the necessary precautions. Visit the website consumer.gov to review helpful information and find useful tips on how to avoid job scams BEFORE you begin your job search online.
- Career planners with the Idaho Department of Labor can help you with online searches and applications. Each local Idaho Labor office has an ADA compliant workstation with screen reading software.
There are a number of job posting sites to explore. The job boards listed below are tailored to people with disabilities: