Students with Disabilities

For students with disabilities, the job search process can be challenging. Career Services supports students with both visible and non-visible disabilities.

Disclosure

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you are not obligated to disclose your disability unless it directly affects job performance. Inform the employer as you realize you will need an accommodation during the hiring process. Review the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission web page for information on disclosing a disability to a potential employer.

Timing

The employer’s first contact with you will typically be through your cover letter and résumé. Both documents should outline your relevant skills, experiences, and education as related to the position for which you are applying. However, this may also be an opportunity to bring up your disability. Carefully consider where the information is placed and how it is stated. Above all, make sure employers have a solid understanding of your suitability for the position.

The Interview

Seek assistance from Career Services if you need assistance preparing for your interview or making arrangements with a potential employer. Additional assistance and information can be obtained at Disabilities Services.

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