There’s a lot to think about when it comes to making the transition to employment, or even returning to work if you have been out of the workforce for a while.
The Leap in! Crew provide some tips for starting your journey to employment.
How to get job ready.
1. Get a support crew.
Navigating the employment system can be tricky! There are different government agencies, providers and programs that may be able to assist.
Asking a friend or carer (preferably someone who knows the system) to help with making decisions, filling out forms and preparing for meetings will take the pressure off.
2. Use a variety of resources.
Casting a wide search is important for any job seeker. Here are some ideas for where to look for work:
- Online: many agencies and organisations have an online registration process that allows you to set up alerts when relevant new jobs are advertised
- Disability support groups
- Dedicated programs
- Organisations or businesses you know or have worked with in the past
- Personal connections such as family members and friends.
3. Practise role plays so you are prepared for interviews.
Job interviews can be stressful, especially if you find meeting new people or communicating challenging. This is where your support crew comes in!
We recommend practising role plays where a friend or family member acts as the potential employer and asks you some interview-type questions. Practising your answers ahead of time will help you feel more confident and prepared.
4. Be well presented at each step of the way.
First impressions count! How candidates present themselves and dress are among the things an employer will consider when deciding upon a successful candidate.
Always have a tidy appearance, trim your nails, do your hair and wear clean, neat clothing when dealing with agencies or prospective employers.
5. Never give up!
It can be challenging for anyone to find work, particularly if you have a disability. It is likely you will come across people with incorrect perceptions of you and your abilities.
You may find that you need to spend more time learning new skills and undertaking training. If that is the case, you may be able to draw on Capacity Building funding in your NDIS Plan.
For a reminder, read the NDIS Plan budget categories explained article.
Whatever the case, stay committed to the goals you set in your NDIS Plan and never give up!
How we can help.
If one of your NDIS goals is to get a job, Leap in! can put you in touch with service providers who can help you achieve your employment-related goals. (For more details on goals and how to set them, read our blog post What is a goal?)
First published 20 June 2019, updated 22 February 2023.