If you follow us on our social media streams and channels, you’ll notice that we recently employed Charlie Randell to join our team as our Social Media Manager and Marketing Executive. Charlie has a condition called Cerebral Palsy which means Charlie is a wheelchair user, so we asked him if he had any other tips for disabled jobseekers and here are the tips he would like to share with you:
Now I know what you are thinking, I’m not confident enough for that. Well, give it a go. Create a video CV just explaining who you are what your interests are and what career you would like to get into. I’ll admit, this is a new technique I have just been introduced too, but I had a lot of success posting one of these on LinkedIn and getting a recruitment agency to shout it out to their connections. Off the back of this, I got 6 interviews so it’s definitely worth a go. I find video CV’s tend to put you streams ahead of everyone else that sends in an average CV or personal profile, plus it will make you stick out in their heads for the right reasons and not just your disability. On the subject of LinkedIn get involved with other people in the industry you want to be involved in. Just start connecting with people and make conversations and you will slowly develop more connections and find opportunities that those connections can offer you. Any activity on Linked in will be beneficial.
That being said, I know it’s tough and I know how easy it is to think I can’t do this, and it won’t work for me, but believe me it can and will happen, it just takes time. Remember never let your disability hold you back!