Chapter 6: International Job Seekers & Job Seekers with Disabilities


In reference to your job search, “disclosure” is the act of making your disability known to others. You may be experiencing many different concerns or questions about the disclosure of your disability. If you don’t take the time to consider what disclosure might look like for you, it could have a direct impact on your self-confidence and the success of your job search. Remind yourself:

  • Disclosure is an important and personal choice.
    You get to call the shots when it comes to disclosure, the ball is always in your court for if, how, and when you would like to disclose. Don’t feel pressured by outside sources; make sure to make the decision that will be best suited to you.
  • Disclosure is not a one-size-fits-all concept.
    There is no one right way or right time to disclose your disability. When what, and how you disclose is entirely based on your individual circumstance and it will look completely different across every individual, employer, and job opportunity. Always use your discretion based on your current situation. Ask yourself the following questions to help you decide if disclosure is your best strategy:

    • Is your disability visible or invisible? Do the risks of disclosing outweigh the benefits or
      vice versa?
    • Will this information help or hurt your chances of getting and keeping a job?
    • Do you need accommodations on the job? Without accommodations in the workplace is your safety at risk?
    • Have you disclosed your disability in the past? What was the reaction you received? How did that make you feel?
    • Do you think your employer will understand your disability? If not, are you prepared to explain it?
    • Are you confident in reassuring an employer that your disability will not impact your ability to perform the job?


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