[NABS-L] Job Interview: Seeking Advice on Disclosing my Disability
ALewis at nfb.org
Fri Jul 26 19:40:23 UTC 2019
There is no set of instructions. Disclosure is nuanced. There are any number of strategies and suggestions on how to best address disclosure of disability. However, they are all dependent on the individual.
As a job placement specialist, I would spend significant time helping individuals develop a strategy that plays to their strengths, taking into consideration the specific job being sought.
We are developing tools to address this and other job seeking skills as part of our Career mentoring program. Perhaps we should set up some calls supported by the Employment Committee to discuss this and some other topics. We could use our Zoom platform to host them virtually.
Anil Lewis, M.P.A.
(410) 659-9314 x 2374
National Federation of the Blind
From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Keri Svendsen via NABS-L
Sent: Friday, July 26, 2019 3:32 PM
To: Emmanuelle Lo via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Cc: Keri Svendsen <keribcu at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [NABS-L] Job Interview: Seeking Advice on Disclosing my Disability
I mention my blindness if it comes up, and if I think there is a good point to bring it up.
Job interviews can be a little nerve racking. My tips. Make sure you are in an environment that is quiet and not distracting for you. Answer openly and honestly. If you don't know the answer say I don't know.
Be sure to ask any questions you have when they ask you, and sometimes this is when the blindness issue sometimes presents itself.
Make sure you know the basics about the company, and why you want to work there!
On 7/26/2019 3:18 PM, Emmanuelle Lo via NABS-L wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Hope you all are having a great summer.
> I applied for a part time job at my college's library and just found out today that they want to do a phone interview. The application just consisted of a resume, so other than the fact that my work experience includes working at a camp for blind and visually impaired youth, I haven't yet disclosed my disability. Since it's not an in-person interview, my blindness won't be obvious unless it comes up during the interview. Do you have any suggestions for how/when I should handle disclosure? Any general job interview tips would also be appreciated, since this is really my first official job interview.
> Thank you, and happy weekend!
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