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From the category archives: Career Planning

Career Planning

The Art of Negotiating Acceptable Accommodations

The Art of Negotiating Acceptable Accommodations

It’s an important hurdle that you, as a jobseeker with a disability, will likely face: trying to negotiate accommodations with a new employer who may lack information about the particular assistive technology that you need to perform well in your new job.

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Spruce Up Your Resume Even if You're Not Looking for a Job

Spruce Up Your Resume Even if You're Not Looking for a Job

You never know when a job opportunity is going to arise. Even if you are not actively looking for a job, you could be contacted out of the blue with an opportunity you’re interested in. If it has been a while since you last updated your resume, it could take hours- hours that you might not have to spare- to get it to where it needs to be to submit to a potential employer.

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Today’s Job Market in Transition: The Big Picture

Today’s Job Market in Transition: The Big Picture

Many times during the last five years I’ve heard top government officials and business leaders say this:

“Our current high U.S. unemployment rate is, in part, due to a mismatch between available jobs and the available skill sets in today’s labor market. Jobseekers often lack needed skills, and, therefore, become a part of the long-term unemployed.”

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Seven Ways to Battle Discouragement While Seeking Your First Job

Seven Ways to Battle Discouragement While Seeking Your First Job

You finished school last year, and you’re still looking for a job. You’re excited about “getting out into the real world” after devoting so many years to studying and preparing for your career. Yet, you’re apprehensive because you don’t know, perhaps for the first time in your life, what’s going to come next.

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How to Market Yourself Within Your Field

How to Market Yourself Within Your Field

Once you have established a profession for yourself, you work to gain the experience and expertise that helps you become trusted in your field. Whether your goal is to become recognized as an industry expert or simply to be more proficient in your area of interest, accomplishing this often requires more than just doing your day-to-day job.

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Be Flexible in Where You Look for a Job

Be Flexible in Where You Look for a Job

On average, there are now an estimated 11 well-qualified candidates for every available job opening in the U.S., according to William Arruda, who is a personal brand strategist, speaker and author.

So, how do you get an entry-level job that's right for you in the face of all that competition, especially when you also have a disability? Here’s one strategy: Uncover mainstream work situations which offer reduced competition from other jobseekers.

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Being Engaged as an Employee Can Be Your Competitive Advantage

Being Engaged as an Employee Can Be Your Competitive Advantage

Only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to a September 2013 Gallup report.

The research firm's 142-country study defines engagement as those "psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations." That number is up from 11 percent in 2010. Sixty three percent are not engaged, "meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals and outcomes."

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Don't Be Afraid to Broaden Your Horizons

Don't Be Afraid to Broaden Your Horizons

If your job search doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, or if you’re looking for a position that’s a little different than the ones you’re used to seeing in your search, it might be time to broaden your horizons a little bit.

Using the same search criteria when looking for job openings will likely return the same types of positions. And if you’re not finding what you’re looking for, it’s time to change something.

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Take Advantage of These Three Job Market Trends

Take Advantage of These Three Job Market Trends

Three major trends in the work world have recently sparked my interest because I think they may have long-range, major implications for jobseekers with disabilities.

These major trends are: the rapid rise of robotics, the pervasiveness of STEM(M) careers in today’s job opportunities and the increasing value of empathy in the skill sets sought by today’s employers.

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Your Goal is in Sight - Use Your Current Job to Gain Experience for Your Next One

Your Goal is in Sight - Use Your Current Job to Gain Experience for Your Next One

Setting career goals is an important step in having a successful career. When navigating the job market, you should have a direction in mind and an idea of what you need to accomplish in order to get there.

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