Dear Hiring Manager: All the Disability-Related Skills I Can’t Put on My Resume

Not all of the students collegiate disability service providers work with will be as gutsy, or articulate about their disability as Sarah Blahovec, but they can learn something from her.

Sarah was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 15. She graduated from college summa cum laude and has had difficulty finding a job. As an individual with a disability, she has acquired unique skills, including the ability to manage multiple doctors’ appointments, understand complicated treatment information, clearly communicate, and multitask.

Sarah wrote a “Dear Hiring Manager” cover letter that included all of her disability-related skills that she felt did not fit in her resume. She notes that many employers and human resource professionals see her disability and become doubtful of her strengths, skills, and efficiency. But Sarah is not her disability. It is a part of her that has enabled her to acquire a marketable set of skills.

The full story can be found at, Dear Hiring Manager: All the Disability-Related Skills I Can’t Put on My Resume, The Blog, Feb. 24, 2015, (



WINAHEAD is made up of representatives from thirty institutions. Our members are professionals employed by two- and four-year colleges and universities who work directly with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. WIN indicates the geographic area we represent: Western Iowa and Nebraska. AHEAD is our national parent organization, the Association on Higher Education and Disability.
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