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Jonah Lyons
about 2 months ago
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Advice please. I have a brain injury

Hi Jobcase. I am looking for a job for the first time in 5+ years. Since the last time i was looking for a job, I was in an accident that left me with a brain injury.

I am now looking for a new job, and i am nervous because my injury left me with some limitations. Most times I can overcome them with some reasonable additional accommodations from my employer. I work hard and always give it my all.

How do I go about this with my next employer? Any advice or support is welcomed.

Thank you- Jonah

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Lawrence White

Welcome to the jobcase community @Jonah Lyons ! First off, thanks so much for raising such an important question within this community. Navigating employment opportunities for injured and disabled workers can be extremely challenging without a well thought out and carefully cultivated job search strategy. I'm confident that the feedback and information member comments this post inspires will serve as a tremendous benefit to other jobs seekers facing similar job search concerns.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA) protects you from having to disclose your disabilities to employers during the application and hiring process. This allows you to compete equally with other able body applicants without exposing yourself to unfair bias.

Understanding your rights will allow you to keep the recruiting and hiring focus on your special and in-demand skills. Don't worry about addressing the things you can't do - keep the conversation on the hard and soft skills that make you an ideal candidate for hire.

"Get ready because we're about to share our top interview tips. We'll also discuss the skills that recruiters expect, including good body language, communication, and punctuality."

You also mentioned your 5+ year employment gap. Are you using a resume with your online applications? For face-to-face, in person resume and interview preparation assistance use the Department of Labor’s FREE career development website CareerOneStop to find your local career resource centers then call the office to book a free person to person career consultation with a professional Career Navigator. During this one hour session you will get all the information and resources needed to cultivate an optimized resume that will significantly improve your new job search results.

Please make sure to upload your new resume onto your Jobcase Profile to make is easier for local hiring managers to find you and to allow us to better assist you with your new job search.

What type of work interests you @Jonah Lyons ? Are you looking to pursue a particular career path or are you just looking to get your foot in the door at a new local job?

Share some more job preferences with us, and we will use your information to match you up with job leads and hiring opportunities that fit your immediate job needs and future career goals.

You're on the Right Track back to employment so Stay Encouraged!

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Tricia Hendrix

Hey @Jonah Lyons , where are you looking for a job? I think we can help you find a local hiring opportunity. Update your location information when you have a moment. Thanks

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Ty Adams

Consider joining our Family! www.jobs.tjx.com

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Jennifer Picou

I would just let them know rather ur trying to get a job straight thru a company or a staffing company

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Jennifer Young

Welcome to Jobcase @Jonah Lyons. My tip to you is don't be nervous! It sounds like you have a good grasp on the kind of accommodations you may need on the job, and the right attitude - which is a great combo! You may want to take a look at the Disability at Work Resource Center too for more advice and other community conversation. Stay motivated - you totally got this!

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