Finding a job can be difficult. For the one in five Australians who live with disability, finding work can be even more challenging.
This was the case for 49 year old Eagle Vale resident Diana, who had been unemployed since 2014. Living with neck and spine injuries, and after experiencing multiple family traumas, Diana found herself in a tough spot.
With previous experience in a number of industries including retail, call centres and early childhood education, Diana didn’t realise how difficult it would be to get back into work after extended time off.
“I sent off so many different resumes and found it so hard to get in the door,” she said.
“I suppose it was an age thing - I know you don’t have to put your age on your resume, but you do list your work history and it gives it away.”
Diana also faced judgment on her physical attributes.
“I’m a bigger person and I think a lot of people take you on face value. It was very mentally and physically draining.”
At MAX Employment Ingleburn, Diana found the assistance she needed to boost her self-esteem and manage her physical injuries. Diana says her consultant Asha Ali helped her regain her confidence.
“I never felt like I was being judged by Asha. She was always kind, always very open and empathetic. She was keeping an eye out for me, calling me about jobs.
“I wasn’t just another number to her, she was always willing to help.”
With Asha’s help, Diana secured work as an IAG
Sales & Customer Service Consultant in February 2017.
IAG provide trusted and respected insurance brands around the country, and are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce through the recent High Growth Jobs Talented Candidates
The HGJTC initiative was delivered by Australian Network on Disability
(AND) in partnership with Social Ventures Australia (SVA), and funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. It worked with eight employers and three Disability Employment Service (DES) providers including IAG and MAX Employment. The program matched skilled workers with disability with supportive employers who are looking for candidates to fill roles in high growth areas. The aim is to create sustainable employment by matching the right candidate to the right role and provide employers the confidence to recruit and retain staff with disability.
In her position at IAG, Diana successfully gained a Sales and Service Position, with IAG’s work from home model. She said IAG were very accommodating to her needs.
“They’re a really great company to work for.”
Diana now realises the importance of finding an inclusive employer.
“It’s disheartening because you get knocked back and knocked back. Every employee or employer is looking for something different. And you will find that employer that is looking for you.”
Diana said her new job provides her with stability, but the flexibility to continue to do the things she loves.
“The perfect job has hit me at the right time.”
MAX Employment provide integrated employment solutions for people with disability, sensitive to each job seekers capabilities. Find out how we can help you