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Skill’s online publication Get that job includes more detailed advice about writing applications, CVs and attending job interviews.

Telling people about your disability

One of the issues that can arise when looking for work is whether, when and how to disclose your disability. Skill has produced a separate information booklet called Telling people about your disability. This goes into some detail about the different approaches you might wish to take, and the potential implications of your decision. For further information see section 11Further help from Skill.

Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies can be a good way to get a job. They are paid by employers to find suitable people for vacancies, so they have an interest in getting you into appropriate work. They also have access to some vacancies that are not advertised, and are free for jobseekers.

For temp positions, the agency is usually the official employer They make an agreement to supply you as a worker to somebody else, but are directly responsible for paying you. The host company, where you actually do your work, is called a ‘principal’. Under the Equality Act, both the agency and the principal have duties not to discriminate against you and they have to make reasonable adjustments to overcome any employment arrangements or physical features of the workplace that put you at a substantial disadvantage.

When deciding whether an adjustment is reasonable, employment agencies and principals will take into account how long you will be working.

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