Conducting a Job Search: Tips for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Job Seekers

For deaf and hard of hearing job seekers, there are a variety of tools to aid their search, certainly more resources than even just ten years ago. That said, some outlets are overlooked by many deaf and hard of hearing job seekers, a reality that could you losing out on a chance to apply for the job you want. To that end, here is a list of places to look for jobs.

Local Newspaper. Understandably, local newspapers are often one of the first places job seekers use to look for a job opening. Most papers post job ads for a range of full time, part-time, and freelance job opportunities. Just make sure you look at all local newspapers, including papers for small towns and cities. These resources often post jobs that are not in major newspapers. Additionally, for any newspaper you use in your job search, check their website as their online search engine may be more up to date than the actual newspaper. Also, keep in mind that many newspapers have a weekly “jobs” issue, which provides a list of new jobs just posted in the last week. Make sure always to check out any such Jobs circular or insert.

Job Resource Sites. Great career resource sites like Indeed, CareerBuilder, and Monster provide a lot of free career guidance along with resume and job interview strategies. For general job seekers looking for a career change, these websites often also provide career assessments that can help a job seeker determine what job or career path best fits their interests and skills. On top of all these resources, these sites also provide lists of available jobs that can be easily scanned using job titles, zip codes, and other criteria to help find relevant job openings within your immediate region. These job sites usually allow job seekers to upload resumes and cover letters while also providing notices of new jobs posted, which are in line with what you are looking for.

Specialized Job Boards. If you have specialized training or education in specific fields or areas, be sure also to check out specialized job boards. Employers that look specifically for deaf and hard of hearing individuals work for them would post their job vacancies on deaf-related job board sites. Sites such as DeafJobWizard.com is an excellent resource for deaf and hard of hearing job seekers as it has deaf-related job listings and helpful employment blog articles.

Church Bulletin Boards. Many churches distribute weekly bulletins as well as maintaining online and physical/on-site bulletin boards. Both outlets often list job openings in local communities, usually jobs from companies whose owners reside in the respective parish. If you see a job listed in the bulletin, make sure to then look up the company website as more details about the job might be posted there.

College Campuses. In the last 50 years, colleges and universities have expanded in campus size to the extent that well over 10,000 students are on the campus each semester, along with hundreds to over 1,000 faculty, administrators, and staff members. The important factor here is that colleges have to provide general services to support their students and college personnel. As a result, colleges have turned into little (and not so little) towns in and of themselves. As with any town or small city, college campuses employ more than just professors. Check out the jobs list for any college or university near where you live, and you will see a range of jobs from customer services to construction (carpenters, electricians, etc.). Don’t forget to include colleges and universities in your job search as many campuses often look to hire diverse people, including deaf and hard of hearing people!

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