Students with Disabilities
Humber is committed to providing inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in all aspects of student life.
Please take advantage of the services that we provide in the Career Services, from resume and cover letter reviews to the CareerConnect Job Search Site and interview preparation - we can help you at each step in the process.
Career Services for Students with Disabilities
Job Search Advising
Students interested in expanding their job search resources, learning more about their skills, educational pathways, job search techniques, networking and interview tips, may book a one-on-one appointment with a program specific Career & Student Success Advisor.
- Visit the "Staff Directory" for contact with a program specific Career & Student Success Advisor.
- Students who are unable to attend an in-person appointment can request to complete their session via telephone or via email.
Help with Resume and Cover Letters
When applying for a job, most employers will ask you to submit a resume and cover letter. Career Services has resume tutors who can help you. You can book an appointment to meet in-person, with a resume tutor who will help you with creating your resume or provide you with tips to improve it.
If you have already prepared your resume and would like to have it reviewed, we also have an online Resume Review service. You can submit your resume online and within 24 hours, Monday to Friday, you can retrieve your resume along with valuable feedback for improvement, if necessary. If you submit your resume over the weekend, it will be processed on Monday.
Visit the Humber CareerConnect Job Search Site to check out current job postings - full-time, part-time, internships, summer and volunteer opportunities.
Login with your Humber username and password to see a list of available jobs.
Please also see the printed resource "Job Search Resources for Student" for information regarding agencies with programs specifically for people with disabilities.
This is a great opportunity to meet with a Career & Student Success Advisor for a simulated job interview preparation session. It only takes an hour of your time to gain some confidence for your next job interview, and for you to gain insights into how to approach questions.
Networking & Information Sessions
Throughout the school year, representatives from a variety of industries come on campus to share information about their organizations. This is a great opportunity to find out about hiring practices and accommodations that can be made for employees with disabilities. Additionally, there might be networking events that are arranged through your specific program. Use this opportunity to practice interacting with professionals in your field. Over 60% of jobs are obtained through networking.
Employment Information for Students with Disabilities
Today, more postsecondary graduates with disabilities are entering the workforce. There are numerous resources available to help you, both on line and in person.
Remember the Career & Student Success Advisors are here to help - you can set up a meeting to go through your resume, a job interview preparation or just general advice as you begin your job search.
How to know if an employer is disability-friendly
- Ask anyone you know who works there. They may be aware of an employee who was accommodated. Is it a high pressure workplace (eg. Do people eat lunch at their desks? Do staff take breaks?) Are people collegial, friendly?
- Go to the employer's website. If the website is accessible, it may mean that the company is disability-friendly, or at least have implemented some accommodations.
- Check the company's policies - do they give sick leave? Is the work flexible? Does the company promote a work/life balance? Do they have a policy or statement about mental health (awareness/promotion)? Do they have a policy or statement on physical health (promotion/awareness)?
- If possible, check out the physical space (they may have photos on their website, you could ask someone who works there, or just drop by yourself). Look to see if the space is wheelchair accessible; check out the washrooms; is signage large, in braille. Although you may not need these accommodations, it's an indication of the willingness of the employer to implement them.
In Advance of an Interview
Almost everyone gets nervous before an interview, it's a typical reaction! Knowing that you'll be nervous and maybe more anxious, create strategies that will help you cope – these may include keeping to your regular routine as much as possible; ensuring you have a good night's sleep; eating and drinking foods that won't upset your stomach; meditate (even if it's just a few deep breaths – this will help slow down your heart beat).
If you require accommodations for the interview, be sure to make the request when you are invited to the interview. For more information and tips on when and how to disclose your disability, please read this resource "Disclosing Your Disability".
During the Interview
During the interview, try to smile and make eye contact, if you can. Usually interviewers know that folks are nervous and they try to be friendly and help the interviewee relax a little. Ask for clarification if you don't understand the question. Be positive – review your skills, qualifications and abilities – and give examples. Many employers may not have ever hired or even interviewed someone with a disability, try to show the business case for it, and how you can be an asset to the company. For more detailed tips and resources, download this document "Job Interview Tips"
Remember to be professional and thank the interviewer(s) at the end of the interview.
Disclosing your Disability
There may be additional things to consider, such as disclosure-if, when and how to tell people about your disability.
Whether you mention your disability in your cover letter or resume, during the interview or at the time of the job offer depends on you and the situation. Review the document "Disclosing Your Disability"