A sensitively written job hunting manual for the disabled offers practical advice on how and where to find a job; explains the reasons behind employers' reactions to disabled persons; and provides useful tools for challenging stereotypes. Original.
The book is a MUST READ! A "must read" for even people who are currently employed; as it will give you the insight of what a person with a disability will go thru during their job search. Any temporary able bodied person may become disabled at any time in their employed life. Your "employment life" will be altered forever; thru no fault of your own doing.
No one chapter stands out. Each chapter carries its' own weight for the total read of this outstanding document.
I wish the authors great success with an excellent and easy to read reference book and a solid companion to WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE!
The authors have broken down yet another barrier!
Often both employers and prospective employees have misconceptions about what the law says about disabilitiy. The book explains how the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) protects individuals with disabilities. At the same time, it also explains what the ADA will not do.
I particularly liked the section on creative ways to interview for a job. Having a disability may make one seem strange and unfamiliar to a prospective employer. The book suggests creative ways to emphasize how one is also similar to the employer. Even if you do not have a disability, you may still want to read some of these clever suggestions.
It is often difficult to get disability benefits in the first place. This makes returning to work seem a risky proposition: What if you try to go to work and you are really not ready. If you fail, will you lose your disability benefits and have to start all over again? The book explains ways to protect some degree of benefits while easing back into the work force.
The two authors blend their areas of expertise to produce an outstanding book. The book is divided into sections with clear explanations and objectives. In the back of the book there are useful appendices with resources for further help and support.
In addition, we are given 3 appendices that include a wealth of information on Handling Special Situations, Organizations and Resources, and a List of Written Resources.
I especially appreciate seeing a "p.s. to Employers" at the very end of the book. It is a warm and honest appeal to an employer to be aware, sensitive, and wise when working with a person with special needs. They explore the need to find the delicate balance between caring and knowing how to treat such individuals as "normal." It's a rare opportunity to reach the "other side of the desk," and I believe that Bolles and Brown demonstrated pure genius to think of including that!
For many individuals with disabilities, ONE MORE BOOK given to them prior to the job hunt can be an overload. But, presenting them with this delightful and informative gift can make the difference between feeling hopeful--leading to success, or feeling defeated. This is a wonderful treasure!