AccessWork Employment Resources

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Unit 1: Employee Rights & Duties

In this unit, we introduce your legal rights and responsibilities as an employee. This information should guide you as you navigate your employment endeavors. This unit also outlines various Federal and Provincial acts, as well as your job duties and responsibilities as an employee.

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Unit 4: Résumés & Cover Letters

The resume and cover letter are important elements of the job search process, as they allow you to introduce yourself to potential employers and show why you’re a good fit for a position. The purpose of a résumé is to provide a summary of your experiences, skills, and qualifications; it outlines your professional story. Your cover letter supplements your resume and provides evidence that you are a great fit for the job. It elaborates on your key skills and strengths, outlining how you will apply them to meet the requirements outlined in the posting.

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Unit 2: Disclosure & Self Advocacy

Now that you’ve learned about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace, it’s time to think about what disclosing your disability to an employer might look like. In this unit, we introduce strategies for disclosing personal information and ways to advocate for yourself proactively.

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Unit 3: Accommodations, Résumés & Cover Letters

In this unit, we discuss tools for assessing access needs and requesting accommodations, as well as common examples of accommodations in educational and workplace settings.