Job Search & Interviews

After you have gained some experience through work-based learning, you are ready to start the job search and go to interviews.


An interview is when a job seeker is invited to a meeting with a potential employer to talk about a job opening. At this meeting you will be asked questions to see if you’re the right person for the job. You can also ask the employer questions to see if it’s the kind of job you want.

Getting Started

  1. Download and complete the Job Search & Interviews Worksheet. This will guide you through this stage.
  2. Create a resume. A resume is a written document that lists your education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments. Most job openings require you to submit a resume and cover letter when you apply.
  3. Search for a job using online research, networking, and going to recruiting events. Document your progress using this job search tracking tool.
  4. Decide on whether you will disclose your disability.
  5. Prepare for your interview. Practice, practice, practice! This includes learning more about the business before your appointment, making sure you understand the job requirements, and preparing for questions that you will be asked in an interview.

Job Search Best Practices

  • Clean Up Your Social Media - Some businesses look at a job applicant's public social media profiles to see if they would be a good fit for an open job. Social media can make you stand out in both good ways and bad ways. Your social media posts should show off your talents, skills, and qualifications. They should not contain inappropriate comments on other people's profiles, have profanity, or have any negative comments about a current or previous employer.
  • Conduct Informational Interviews - Work with your IRT or career counselor to schedule time with a professional and ask about their industry, education, and career path.
  • Networking - Let everyone in your personal and professional circles know you’re looking for a job and email them your resume.
  • Follow Up - After you’ve applied to a job, work with your IRT to find appropriate ways to follow up once or twice by email to learn the hiring status of the job. Politely let the business know you are still interested.
  • Contact Staffing Agencies - These organizations can match you with short-term employment opportunities that provide office experience.
  • Volunteer - Build skills that will benefit your resume by volunteering. This will also help expand your network and connections to people who can serve as a reference.


Posted below are worksheets to help guide you as you explore different resources for the job search.

Job Search & Interviews Worksheet Job Search & Interviews Worksheet Word Doc Download Job Search & Interviews Worksheet PDF Download
Job Search Tracking Tool Job Search Tracking Tool Word Doc Download Job Search Tracking Tool PDF Download
Disclosing Your Disability Disclosing Your Disability Word Doc Download Disclosing Your Disability PDF Download

Helpful Resources

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