We're working to help people with sight loss overcome the barriers they sometimes face when looking for work: if you're looking for work, this section can provide information and advice to help.
Starting a job search can be a daunting task. There are a bewildering number of job roles in the labour market and sometimes it can be hard to know what you could and should be applying for. It is worth remembering that you are protected under the Equality Act 2010, which applies to the whole of the recruitment process. Employers have a duty to anticipate your requirements at every stage, from accessing vacancies, filling out application forms, to interview tests.
The most important thing to remember in your job search is that there is support available to help you from organisations like RNIB and Jobcentre Plus.
RNIB's new free online jobseeker course has been designed to help people with sight loss decide the next steps to take when thinking about employment. We've called on the experience of our professional employment advisors to put together their top tips for a successful approach to looking for work. The course has been tested by people with sight loss to make sure it's easy to use, addresses their job search queries and is fully accessible.
The online course is packed full of practical advice, including:
You can choose to do the sections most relevant to you, or do the whole course. If you do the whole course, it will take you around 50 minutes. You can start and stop, skip forward or backwards and take as much time as you need to complete it. Once you sign up the course will be available for you to revisit any time you want to refresh your job search skills.
Note: For the best user experience, we recommend using the most up-to-date versions of Chrome, Edge, or Safari. Other browsers, including Internet Explorer may affect the running of the courses.
Apprenticeships are a great way to gain skills, get a nationally recognised qualification and earn money at the same time. For National Apprenticeship Week 2021 RNIB Employment advisor Heather Barbara talked to one young man with sight loss about how apprenticeships have helped employers and people of all ages and backgrounds.
We have also produced a series of detailed factsheets about looking for work, covering all of the topics contained in this section in more detail: