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On behalf of Metropolitan State, we are excited to tell you that the university is transitioning its current system from CareerLink to Handshake—a modern platform for career management. Handshake easily manages your entire career search. In Handshake, you can manage your resumes, search and apply for jobs and internships, access career resources, register for events and much more.

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For more information contact the Career Center at 651-793-1528 or career.center@metrostate.edu

Job Seekers with Disabilities: Determining How to Disclose

If you’re a job seeker with a disability and you’ve decided to tell a prospective employer about it, the question then becomes: How should I disclose this information?

Here are some steps you can take to help you prepare.

Step 1: Make an Assessment

  • Explore your feelings about your disability: How comfortable are you talking about your disability?
  • Identify – by yourself or with the help of others – what accommodations you may need during the hiring process or on the job.
  • Weigh the benefits, risks and timing of disclosure. (See Job Seekers with Disabilities: Deciding When to Disclose.)
  • If you decide not to disclose, make sure you can perform the essential functions of the position before accepting it.
  • If you decide to disclose, plan how you will handle disclosure, including whom you will tell (your interviewer? a Human Resources representative?) and what will you say.

Step 2: Plan What You’ll Say

  • Decide how specific you will be in describing your disability. Options include using general terms such as “a medical condition” or “a disability,” specific terms that refer to your disability, or a precise diagnosis. Try to use language that is informative, yet non-threatening. Be concise in your explanation and prepare brief answers for anticipated questions.
  • Describe the skills that you have that make you able to perform the essential functions of the job, including your qualifications, technical skills and general work skills.
  • Describe any functional limitations caused by your disability that may interfere with your performance and identify those accommodations you may need to overcome those limitations.

Step 3: Prepare Your Script (As Needed)

Script your disclosure. Write it down and have it critiqued. Run through it with people you know in the working world, including managers, and with friends. Here is a sample script:

“I have (preferred term for disability). Currently, I have (the skills required) to do the essential functions of the job. Sometimes, (functional limitations) may interfere with my ability to (duties you may have trouble performing). It helps if I have (name the specific accommodations you need). I work best when (other accommodations).”

You could also add the following information…

“Sometimes you might see (symptoms or behaviors associated with symptoms). When you see that, you can (name the action steps for the employer). Here is the number of my (employment specialist, doctor, therapist, previous employer, etc.) for any information you might need about my ability to handle the job.”

The goal is for both you and the employer to feel comfortable when you do disclose.

Follow the article here for some more general guidelines.