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Resume tips for job seekers with disabilities

According to the Social Security Administration, there are over 8 million disabled workers in the United States. These workers often face challenges such as stereotyping, discrimination, and a lack of accommodations. Thankfully, there are a variety of legal protections and employment resources available that help people with disabilities overcome these challenges and advance their careers.

Resume Builder offers up best practices for resume writing, laws that protect you from discrimination, and several other topics that you should know about as a disabled worker.

1. Keep your resume clear and concise
Generally, you should limit yourself to one page, favor short and direct words over longer synonyms, and use paragraph breaks and bullet points where necessary to avoid a “wall of text” look. Review their resume examples to find out best practices for your role.

2. Highlight your specific qualifications
Be sure to list any software platforms, regulatory programs, types of equipment, or other relevant skills that you have that makes you the perfect fit for the job you’re applying to.

3. Use numbers to quantify your work accomplishments
Showcase your achievements with concrete numbers to demonstrate your job performance will help convince hiring managers that you really know what you’re doing.

4. Disclosing disabilities
It’s important to note that you have no legal obligation to disclose your disability on your resume. If your disability is not visible — the term “disabled” covers everything from physical injuries to chronic diseases to mental disorders — there’s no need for an employer to be aware of it at all. This is especially true at the beginning of your job search. Your first focus should be on securing an interview, and choosing to not disclose your disability may help you avoid any instances of bias.

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