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Use Technology to Your Advantage: Guide to Career Advancement for People with Disabilities

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Thanks to technology, the workplace is much more accommodating to people with disabilities than in years past. With so many jobs being technology-centered, the job market is way more open to those with disabilities. We want to fill you in on a few ways you can use technology to your advantage when you begin advancing your career. That way, you can use all the available resources you have to get the most out of life.

Be Reachable

Chances are pretty high you already have a smartphone. However, if you've been thinking about an upgrade, a good time to do it is when you’re looking for a job; the last thing you want is to miss calls, texts, or emails because of your phone. A reliable phone means you'll be reachable whenever someone calls to set up an interview or sends you an email with a job description. You'll also have constant access to LinkedIn and any job search apps you may download.

With a new phone, you can also take advantage of features like super-fast capabilities, a professional camera system, and longer battery life. Make sure that your new device has plenty of storage space so that you can download your favorite music, podcasts, and even essential documents like your resume. Also, if you are getting a new phone during your job search, you might want to consider an unlimited data plan. This will give you the freedom to use apps necessary for your job hunt without worrying about rationing your data.

Simple Conveniences

Depending on your circumstances, you might look into small accessories to go with your phone. Popsockets are a great example. These little grippers make it easier to hold your phone while in use, then fold out of the way when you stash your device. Plus, they come in an array of designs to suit your personal and professional style.

Another smart solution is a carrying case. Being able to slip your phone into a pocket you carry lavalier-style, or a wallet on your waistband, can make the difference in being available for key calls with clients and colleagues. Think about what will work best in your personal and professional situation.

The Apple Store or Google Play Store is Your Oyster

There are so many resources out there to help you advance your career—whether that means looking for a new job, brushing up on your interview skills, or honing in on the best way to ask for a raise. Here are some of our favorite apps for a variety of purposes.

Job Hunting: Indeed — You've probably heard of, but they also have a mobile app that allows you to search for jobs from your smartphone. One thing we love about Indeed is that you can look for jobs based on typical categories, but also by your desired salary.

Job Interview Preparation: Job Interview Questions & Answers — This app is a dream for anyone who has ever sweat a job interview. The app uses a video interface for you to be asked interview questions, record your answers, and learn how you can improve.

Overall Good to Have: Google Maps — Even iPhone users might want to download Google Maps if you're headed to a job interview. Google Maps is historically more trusted than other map apps, including Waze and Apple Maps. And the last thing you want is to be late for an interview because you got lost on your way there!

Articles: Flipboard — Want to stay up-to-date in your field and make sure you are reading articles that will help expand your understanding of the world? Flipboard is a news aggregate that allows you to choose topics and get the latest articles from multiple outlets all in one place.

To sum it up, there are so many resources for career advancement readily available for everyone out there. But for people with disabilities, you can use them to your advantage without having ever left the comfort of your home. Having a current smartphone is a big help, allowing you to explore the apps designed to help people just like you.

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