Barriers to Finding Employment

Everyone has some type of barrier to finding employment. Common barriers are age, race, gender, disability, gaps of employment and legal issues. These issues can make finding a job more difficult.

Posted
November 4, 2020
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Barriers to Finding Employment

Everyone has some type of barrier to finding employment. Common barriers are age, race, gender, disability, gaps of employment and legal issues. These issues can make finding a job more difficult.

Posted
November 4, 2020

Age/Race/Gender

These types of issues are usually protected by law.  An employer should not discriminate or not hire based on these demographics.  However, it does happen.  It is best not to list this information on your resume.  If you believe you have been denied employment because of one of these reasons, then you should contact the EEOC for further information.


Disability

Employers are legally required to make “reasonable accommodations” for applicants and employees with disabilities.  The conversation for reasonable accommodations should be an interactive one between you and the employer.  For further information about Employment and Disabilities, click on the Disability Employment Program, MainStreet Opportunities.


Gaps of Employment

When you have large gaps of employment on your resume, an employer may be concerned about your ability to maintain consistent employment.  Sometimes, these gaps are due to looking for a job, family issues or health issues.  When explaining your gaps to a prospective employer, it is best to give a brief reason and a few details.  For example, you may say,  “I needed to take 6 months off from work due to a family medical issue.  It is now solved and I am ready to return to work”.  By adding family you are not telling the employer who was ill nor the diagnosis.  JFS Employment staff can assist you with your resume and how to word gaps of employment.


Legal Issues

Legal issues can impact where we can work and what type of work we can do.  It is best to know any restrictions you may have and abide by those when applying to a job.  If asked about a previous crime during an interview, it is best to give a few details and explain how you have learned from the experience.

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