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How To Defeat Potential Career Opportunities of Unfairness When You Are Visually Impaired

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Landing a job when you are visually impaired can be a challenge. But donít let some previous negative interviews or job experience deteriorate your job confidence. Consider these suggestions and you will find yourself employed.

Step 1

Explore Your Opportunities

As with any job the first important step in finding a job is to determine what it is that you like and what you are good at doing.

 
Step 2


Focus On Your Strengths

Turn the attention away from the fact that you are visually impaired and you can gain the confidence of the job interviewer. Although your physical outer shell may affect the impression you make, it is more important to be calm, confident and approachable.

 
Step 3


Expect Unspoken Questions

Even if an interviewer doesnít verbal question your ability to do the job he or she may be thinking it. So destroy the question before it takes root by telling your interviewer how you will do the job (with or without special equipment) as well as any applicant and than promote your job strengths again.

 
Step 4


Network

Talk to friends, family and community members and let them know you are looking for a job and what you can do. Create a business card with both braille and standard text on the business card.

 
Step 5


Agency Help

Utilize job agencies that specialize in opportunities for the visually impaired. Research agencies such as the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and National Council of Private Agencies for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

 

DO...

  • Look for opportunities where your vision is an additional benefit towards the job.
  • If you get an interview without mentioning your disability, call the receptionist beforehand to inquire about the location and layout.
  • Check out L C Industries - a nonprofit organization that helps provide career opportunities for people who are legally blind.

DON'T...

  • Donít turn down or avoid entry-level jobs. They could be just what you need to get your foot in the door.
  • Don't let a potential employer know you are visually different until it becomes obvious. Let the interviewer see your see strengths and your ability to do the job and their view of a negative will disappear.