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Looking for work

For blind and partially sighted people looking for employment, this list of services, organisations and resources may help you find a suitable job.

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If you're blind or partially sighted and looking for work, we can provide a variety of job finding resources to support you at every step from your searching for work to preparing for an interview.

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 interviews and tests.

Looking for work factsheet series

Our Looking for work factsheet series, has been designed to help jobseekers with sight loss manage the process of looking for work, from starting your job search right through to interview.

RNIB course for jobseekers

Our free online course for jobseekers has been designed to help people with sight loss decide the next steps to take when thinking about employment.

The online course is packed full of practical advice, including:

  • What you need to do before applying for jobs and where to find opportunities
  • How to complete a CV and the best way to fill in an application form
  • How to tackle interviews
  • Behaviour and safety in the workplace
  • Where to get help

You can choose to do the sections most relevant to you, or do the whole course which 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. For the best user experience, we recommend using the most up-to-date versions of Chrome, Edge, or Safari.

You can register for the free eLearning jobseekers course via this link https://www.enetlearn.com/jobseekers. You will be asked to create a username and password. You will then need to click the Register button to complete the registration process.

RNIB employment services

RNIB Helpline is the gateway to a whole range of services that can help with your job search, including:

  • referral to an employment specialist
  • advice about your entitlements to benefits and concessions
  • courses to boost your confidence and give you practical advice, information and resources
  • support in setting up your own business
  • Sight Loss Counselling Service

Our UK wide network of employment specialists and advisers can help you with your job search. Contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or at [email protected] and get a referral to an employment specialist to see what services are available in your area.

Work with a Visibly Better Employer

Visibly Better Employer is an RNIB programme for employers, designed to help them become better and more inclusive for people with sight loss, by committing to our quality standard. When an organisation signs up for the Visibly Better Employer quality standard we help it put in place practices which will enable it to become an inclusive employer for anyone with sight loss.

Find out more about Visibly Better Employer

Support to Work

Scope, the disability equality charity, have created Support to Work a free online and telephone support programme for disabled people in England and Wales, who are looking for paid work. Support to Work advisers will listen to your challenges and give specific advice for your situation. With in-depth knowledge and experience they can support you with many aspects of looking for paid work.

Find out more about Support to Work by emailing [email protected] or call 0300 222 5742 to discuss whether it’s right for you.

Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust Employment service supports blind and partially sighted people wanting to start, restart or progress their careers. They offer professional coaching and can also help you find an internship.

Learn more about the Thomas Pocklington Trust Employment