7 ways we can support you in your job search

01 May 2024

7 ways we can support you in your job search

Job hunting with a disability doesn’t need to be a daunting task. CoAct can help you map out your pathway to work, supporting you through the entire process.
We understand that job seeking can be hard at the best of times. If you’re living with a disability, illness, injury or mental health condition, we can help you find and keep a job. CoAct and our service partners deliver Disability Employment Services all across Australia.

We’ve worked with people from all walks of life and understand how different each of us are. Our teams are disability specialists and many of our staff have a lived experience. We understand the complexities of living with and trying to find or maintain work with a disability. This expertise allows us to provide highly tailored job search support.

Here are 7 ways we can support you in your job search if you are living with disability, injury or illness:

1. A job plan as unique as you
 We start by listening, so we can understand you, your goals, health conditions, skills and experience. We take the time to get to know you so we can put together a plan for finding work that is completely tailored to your needs. We also know that the journey to work is not always straightforward, so will always continue to check in along the journey, and adjusting your job plan when things change.
2. Connect to the right supports
 We know that unique situations call for unique, relevant support. Your job plan we create with you will include what tailored support you might need, and how we will provide that for you. This includes services we provide such as job coaching, soft skills building, work-readiness workshops, or tailored advice and plans for helping manage your symptoms. We may also refer you to our community connections if that’s what you need, including allied health, mental health support, housing services, drug and alcohol support and more. If you need access to assistive technologies or equipment to help support you in the workplace, we can help with that, too.
3. Training and skills development, building your confidence

If you’re looking to upskill, start an apprenticeship or traineeship, or even just brush up on your work-readiness, we can help. We’ll find the right training for you, helping build your confidence along the way. We hold regular workshops, and you can even find upskilling and work-readiness resources on our online customer hub, Campus.

4. Polish your job applications and nail your interview
Writing resumes and cover letters can feel daunting, but we’re here to help you work through your job applications. We’ll help make you stand out to employers, so you have the best chance of landing an interview. Then, we’ll coach you, so you put your best self forward and shine in your interviews. You’ll also have access to our online resume and cover letter builder in Campus, which are great tools to help you create them in your own time.
5. We’ll help you understand your rights

When you start preparing for interviews you may have questions about the law and your rights. We can give you more information on what interviewers can and can’t ask you. You may want to know about whether you’re obligated to disclose your disability in your job applications or interviews.

We are always working with our network of employers so they have a better understanding of the laws around disability and employment, and we can answer any questions or concerns you or potential employers have. You can find out more about your rights by reading 5 questions your interviewer shouldn’t ask if you have a disability, illness or injury.

6. Practical and financial support
We understand that finding and starting a new job can be expensive. Whether it’s petrol to get to and from interviews or work, buying tools, equipment, uniforms or training, we can help ease the financial pressure.
7. Work with your family and friends

Advocacy is when you get support from another person to help express your views and wishes. You can choose how we work with your existing support network. Your friends, family or other advocates are always invited to support you in-person during any meeting you have with us. Our job is to make you feel comfortable, understood and supported in whatever way that works for you. Chat to us about involving your advocates in your DES journey with us.

Ongoing support to thrive

When you’ve landed the job, we’ll stay by your side for the first 12 months of your new role. We’ll meet with you regularly to make sure you’re getting what you need and are enjoying the job. We’ll work with you and your employer to ensure you’re supported and thriving at work.

Register with CoAct for Disability Employment Services

We know disability, we know the local job market, and we’re connected to local employers. Register your interest for Disability Employment Services today and let us help you get started.

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