Job Search Resources
While the Workforce Recruitment Program gives students privileged access to some federal and private sector internships and permanent positions, you may want to also consider applying for positions via other methods. The following organizations offer assistance to jobseekers with disabilities. Click on the service locator links below to find assistance in your area.
American Job Centers
American Job Centers assist jobseekers with and without disabilities in finding employment through job banks, publications, and other resources. They provide job search assistance, access to computers, and help with resume development. Formerly known as “One Stop Career Centers”, American Job Centers often have staff onsite called ‘Disability Program Navigators’ (DPN) who can help people with disabilities locate services and supports. DPN’s can also provide information on the effect earned income might have on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicaid benefits.
Click on the link below to access the American Job Center’s Service Locator. Simply enter your zip code to find the addresses and phone numbers of job centers in your area.
Vocational Rehabilitation Organizations
Vocational rehabilitation (VR) organizations provide support to individuals with disabilities who are interested in working. They can provide assistance with career exploration and resume development, as well as finding, training for, and keeping a job.
Use the link below to find the contact information for your state department of vocational rehabilitation. You should explain that you are a jobseeker with a disability looking for employment support and they will refer you to an office in your area. Be aware that each state has its own eligibility requirements for receiving employment supports and services.
Ticket to Work (TTW)
The goal of the Ticket to Work Program is to help Social Security beneficiaries’ with disabilities transition to financial independence through employment, while maintaining health coverage. Jobseekers can “assign their tickets” to a designated Employment Network in their area for assistance and support. For more information, visit the Ticket to Work website or call the Ticket Call Center at 1-866-968-7842 and 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).
Click to conduct your own search of the Employment Network/TTW Directory (search by zip, city, or state).
Independent Living Centers
Independent Living Centers (ILCs) are agencies that help individuals with disabilities maintain independence by providing job coaching, training, and information on disability in the workplace. ILCs may also have information on employers in your geographic area who actively recruit people with disabilities. ILC’s can also provide information and referral to other support services and agencies in your area.
Federal Employment (Schedule A)
Schedule A is a non-competitive hiring process, meaning that people with qualifying disabilities are distinguished from the general applicant pool and given preferential hiring status. According to the 2010 Executive Order, federal agencies are required to increase the hiring of people with disabilities. For more information, check out The ABCs of Schedule A.
Once you have obtained all the necessary documentation, contact the Selective Placement Program Coordinator at the agency for which you would like to work. You will apply for the position through the Selective Placement Program Coordinator, as opposed to the standard application process.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)
The COSD national professional association is comprised of over 600 colleges and universities and over 500 major national employers whose mission is to improve the employment rate of college students and recent graduates with disabilities. Visit the COSD website to learn more or to register.
Additional Online Resources
JobTIPS is a free program designed to help individuals with disabilities, such as autism, explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment. JobTIPS addresses the social and behavioral differences that might make identifying, obtaining, and keeping a job more difficult for an individual with a disability.