[Jobs] Career/job search questions

Philip S philso1003 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 19 10:48:07 CDT 2013


Great suggestion, Andy.

Yes, David. That's a very valid point. First and foremost a job
candidate with a visible disability needs to address the elephant in
the room during an interview.

Look forward to seeing other people's suggestions.

Phil

On 3/19/13, Hyde, David W. (ESC) <david.hyde at wcbvi.k12.wi.us> wrote:
> The employer may not bring the subject of your disability up during the
> interview. This means that you have to do it, because he or she have those
> questions in the back of their minds. Discuss how you have done things in
> the past, e.g. "for obvious reasons, I don't drive. This means I use public
> transportation when I can, and a driver when I must. Sometimes they are
> paid, and sometimes they are volunteer. The paid ones seem to be the most
> dependable. Should I be selected, we can discuss how this would work."
>
> Now I always brought a writing implement with me to the interview. I used a
> slate and stylus because it focused their attention, and made sure I wrote
> down their names. I also mentioned that I use computers that talk and other
> things. If you use a hand-held electronic magnifier, bring it. I have always
> found it helpful to ask if they have any questions.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jobs [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Baracco, Andrew W
> Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 10:08 AM
> To: Jobs for the Blind
> Subject: Re: [Jobs] Career/job search questions
>
> How and when do I discuss accommodations to my disability? I. e. reading
> and/or driving assistance, assistive tech, etc.
>
> Andy
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jobs [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Philip S
> Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 3:46 PM
> To: jobs at nfbnet.org
> Subject: [Jobs] Career/job search questions
>
> Hi group,
>
> I'm going to organize a career and entrepreneurship workshop series that is
> specifically for blind and visually impaired people. I'd like the workshops
> to address SPECIFIC questions, concerns, and issues that people have, and
> provide PRACTICAL advice. What are some questions you think it should cover?
> What are some common challenges and questions that people have?
>
> For example, below are some of the questions I have gathered from
> jobseekers. What other questions can you think of?
>
> 1) Can I do it? How do I do the job if I can't see?
> 2) How do I convince employer that I can do the job?
> 3) Should I, when should I, how should I, and what should I disclose and
> discuss my disability?
> 4) How do I travel to the workplace?
> 5) How do I succeed at meeting people at a networking event given my
> blindness?
>
> What other questions can you think of?  If you could give a bullet laundry
> list of such questions and concerns I'd much appreciate it!
>
> Thanks!!
>
> Phil
>
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