Are you considering returning to work after taking time out from employment? It can be difficult transitioning back into the working world. Where do you start? How should you address your absence with new employers? Use these five tips to help make the transition smoother...
Have you heard of the new 'Ban the Box' initiative? It's aim is to improve ex-offenders employment opportunities, which have been bleak for many years. This could also be good news for some people with disabilities in improving their employment prospects.
The moment has arrived. You are currently applying for an employment position with a new organization and you inevitably reach the part of the job application that asks for self- identification and voluntary disclosure of any disabilities. Before answering the question(s), you instantly pause as your mind imagines the possibilities of how your personal health information may be interpreted by the prospective employer... you wonder, if your condition could somehow subject you to being ostracized and treated differently than any of your future employee counterparts?
Most organizations strive to be equal opportunity employers and with the help of various EEO compliance measures and diversity awareness campaigns, many employers now see the proven attributes and benefits of hiring returning veterans and other people with physical and mental health disabilities. Generally speaking, most people with physical and mental challenges do a great job and make great employees.
Many organizations now have very aggressive hiring goals towards returning veterans and people with disabilities. This focus is especially relevant during an era where people with disabilities are the largest minority group, represent the highest segment of the unemployed in the US and the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are returning from combat.
The wait is finally over! After months of speculation, OFCCP has officially released the final ruling on the new regulations for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA).
Deciding when to disclose your disability to a prospective employer
depends on your type of disability, how you are positioning yourself for a
particular job, your type of personality and temperament, and the type of
employer you are targeting.