Get help with finding a job
Information on the Equality Act, writing a CV and personal statement and where to find support.
If you’re unemployed and are looking for work, Jobcentre Plus can help you to:
- find work
- access local training courses and work experience schemes that can help you to find a long-term job.
you can also ask to meet the Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre Plus. You can ask them:
- if there are any training courses in your area which might help you to develop your skills
- whether there are any disability-friendly employers.
Finding work in Northern Ireland and Wales
In Northern Ireland and Wales, we run services with partners to support deaf people and those with hearing loss to gain new skills, find work and get the support they need in the workplace.
Support with your CV and job applications
We’ve put together a list of organisations that can help you when applying for jobs:
Scope, the disability equality charity in England and Wales, has guidance on:
- writing your CV (including a CV template)
- writing cover letters (including examples).
Royal Association for Deaf People
Royal Association for Deaf People provides employment support, including:
- help with writing a CV and personal statements
- job searches
- interview practice.
National Deaf Children’s Society
National Deaf Children’s Society has guidance for young jobseekers, including advice on job applications. Read National Deaf Children’s Society’s information on looking for work.
British Deaf News
Deafie Blogger, a deaf blogger and activist, has shared her tips for job applications. Read Deafie Blogger’s guide to applying for jobs on British Deaf News.
Your right to an accessible job application process
You are protected by the Equality Act 2010 if you fit the act’s definition of disability. The Equality Act defines disability as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
- If you’re profoundly deaf and use British Sign Language you’re likely to fit this definition of disability.
- If you wear hearing aids you may fit the definition, depending on the situation.
- If you have minor hearing loss, you’re unlikely to fit the definition.
If you are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus and need free confidential and impartial information and support, contact RNID.
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