Category Archives: Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities

Employment Advice Column: Handling the First Week of a New Job

Dear Joanna Thanks to my Reena job coach, I will be starting a new job next week as a stocking clerk in a busy retail store. I’m excited and nervous as I want to make a good impression with my … Continue reading

EMPLOYMENT ADVICE COLUMN: PREPARING YOUR RESUME FOR THE JOB SEARCH

Dear Joanna I am a recent graduate from community college as a developmental services worker. With one semester in a co-op placement at Reena, and a few summers as a camp counsellor with a special needs camp, I’m clear about … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Resigning with dignity – Don’t just quit

Dear Joanna, I told my job coach that I want to quit my job yesterday. The manager got angry at me when I made a mistake at work. I’ve been at this job for two weeks. I don’t want to … Continue reading

WHAT NOT TO BRING ON THE JOB INTERVIEW

Employment Advice for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna I am both scared and nervous about my very first ever job interview that I will be attending for a customer service position at a local retail store. It’s my dream … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: The benefits of volunteering

Dear Joanna I have a huge employment gap in my resume as a result of trying to manage my disabilities. Finally, I am ready to begin my job search but am concerned about being away from the labour market for … Continue reading

Religious Accommodations & The Job Interview

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna, I am an observant Jew who keeps the Sabbath and all the Jewish holy days. I will be required to leave early on Fridays during certain months of the year, and … Continue reading

Safe Social Media Practices: Overcoming A Fear of Social Media

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna, I am learning how to use social media tools in my job search, especially Linkedin. I’m worried about posting my photo and other personal information, and particularly concerned that my disabilities … Continue reading

Advantages of Self-Employment

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna, I’m struggling with getting a job offer even though I’m a qualified customer service specialist and it’s my strength and passion. Because of my disability, I am unable to pass the … Continue reading

Working From Home

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna, I am a copy editor who had to change the way I work this past year.  Due to my disabilities, I have to attend weekly doctors’ appointments as well as take … Continue reading

References For Your Job Search

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna, I have not worked in a long time as I have been dealing with other issues in my life that are related to my disability. I have not had the energy … Continue reading

Preparing for the Holiday Season and Your Vacation

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna, The holiday season is coming soon. My disabilities result in increased anxiety around being unemployed during this time of the year. In general, I have a hard time relaxing, resting and … Continue reading

Gaps in the resume

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna, I’m a job seeker with a developmental disability. My job coach has been trying to arrange job interviews for me but the gap in my resume and work experience has been … Continue reading

Tips For Being A Successful Employee

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna, I’ve been working as a receptionist for a while. I’ve had decent performance reviews, and enjoy the role and the team. However, I would like to learn how to be a … Continue reading

Overcoming Online Job Board Challenges

Employment Advice For Persons With Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna, I am missing out on many employment opportunities because I struggle with the online job boards’ complicated application process. Because of my disabilities, I can’t figure out how to manage the … Continue reading