Questions you can ask a Career Exploration and Development Advisor
When and how should I disclose my disability to an employer?
How do I ask for accommodation for my interview?
How do I know if an employer will be a good fit for me?
Additional Bowdoin Support
Lesley Levy, Director of Student Accessibility, Dean of Students
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- The Test Center
- DisAbled Student Association
- The Counseling Center
- Bowdoin Health Services
- The Center for Learning and Teaching
- Bowdoin Human Resources
Ability Jobs provides a place where people with disabilities can seek employment, confident that they will be evaluated solely on their skills and experience. JobAccess Resume Builder which helps you to build and post a professional looking resume that companies across the US will be able to browse
Abilityjobs.com job board and resources
AbilityLinks.org information for job seekers including a job board, mentoring possibilities, employer information, news, events and more
Diversity and Inclusion Career Center (EOP): information, publications and a job board
Emerging Leaders Summer internship and leadership development opportunities for students with disabilities. Started by Booz Allen and administered by the National Business and Disability Council
Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP), a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs
Affirmative Action Register – Positions, both of an academic and non-academic nature, with colleges and universities from across the country. Directed to women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons, as well as all employment candidates
Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, Scholarship Program for College Students with Disabilities Working to help students develop leadership skills and gain valuable work experience in public service through exposure to workshops, seminars, lectures, embassy visits and networking events held throughout the course of each semester
Lime Connect: Prepares and connects accomplished individuals with disabilities for careers with the world’s leading corporations
Entry Point: Identiﬁes and recruits science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and business students with disabilities for internship and co-op opportunities
Job Accommodation Network: Helps people with disabilities increase their employ-ability and on-the-job success
COSD Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities a unique and dynamic national professional association comprised of more than 600 colleges and universities and over 500 major national employers. COSD’s mission is to improve the employment rate of college students and recent graduates with disabilities on a national basis
Getting Hired is a website designed for people with disabilities. It includes a Community of Support to help you make connections, resources to help you reach your potential, such as Profile/Resume Builder, Career Assessment, and Video Interview Training, and job listings
Resources and Support
Disability.gov: U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: Helps college students and recent graduates with disabilities gain the tools and knowledge necessary to secure their desired career
AAPD-American Association of People with Disabilities: Nation’s largest disability rights organization. They promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities
Job Accommodations Network (JAN) A free consulting service (through gov’t Office of Disability Employment Policy ODEP) designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment option
We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. This is a great site that shares extremely vital and current information and also functions as an indispensable support system
Mobility International is a disability-led non-profit organization advancing disability rights and leadership globally
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation for both job applicants and employees, unless the accommodation causes undue hardship to the employer. Reasonable accommodation can include a wide range of things, including accommodation that has been provided to you as a student at Bowdoin. However, what constitutes ‘undue hardship’ can vary depending on the employer.
As part of the job application process, an employer will ask, “Are you able to fulfill the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation?” It is recommended that you ask the employer for the full job description before your interview to evaluate the essential functions and answer truthfully. This will also help prepare you to ask for accommodations that will enable you to perform those essential tasks.
If you need to request accommodation for an interview or a job, contact human resources, rather than speaking directly with the hiring manager. It is recommended that you request accommodation by email, rather than by phone or in person, to document your request. An employer may ask for medical documentation to support your request, and provide alternative suggestions for accommodations. It is strongly suggested that you request accommodation after you accept an offer, but before you begin working.
ADA Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment: frequently asked questions about ADA law and rights
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: advice on how and when to disclose your disability to your employer in order to request accommodation